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  • Mission adds meaning to core value

    Of our core values, “Service Before Self,” stands as one that I believe gives us our greatest challenge. We believe in the essential nature of integrity, and excellence is in our American tradition. Putting service before self often proves more difficult.General Ronald R. Fogleman, former Air Force Chief of Staff, discussed this topic in an article
  • Leadership determines team success or failure

    There are numerous factors to building a strong and efficient team.Team building can be a long, arduous task, or the team can click in no time at all. It all depends on the team’s ability to set aside selfish needs and personal agendas to assist in achieving team goals. An important factor is to have a strong, personable leader who’s level-headed.
  • Grow where you are planted

    “Grow where you are planted” was a phrase often used by my crusty old chief master sergeant, Ken Kucharzak. He was the 374th Communication Squadron chief of maintenance, and people would cringe when summoned to his office. I remember my first visit well. It went something like this ...Chief Kucharzak called me to his office soon after I
  • Why I opt to stay ‘blue’

    On Nov. 27, 2004, I woke up feeling absolutely no differently than I had when I went to bed the night before. Something about the date tickled my thoughts as I drank my coffee, ate my breakfast (healthier than it used to be, by the way) and got ready for another great day in the Air Force.It wasn’t until I pulled up to the gate and passed the
  • Supervisors, core values contribute to success of future leaders

    You are part of the greatest Air Force in the world, and together we make it so. Our daily contribution to the constant and ever-changing profession of arms helps us achieve this feat. According to AFI 36-2618, Enlisted Force Structure, the core values of Integrity, Service Before Self, and Excellence are the basis for Air Force policies, guidance
  • Attitude is everything while deployed

    Being deployed can be a challenge, but here are a few tips that can make the experience more enjoyable.Display a positive attitude.Whenever we’re in public, people are watching our every move.We don’t have to say one word to communicate with those around us; our attitude is constantly on display.Think about how many times you could predict the type
  • Lean: not just TQM repackaged

    Another opportunity is before us. Some may cringe when “opportunity” is used by a supervisor; apprehensive as to how this “opportunity” will change their daily tasks and work tempo. This is a reasonable reaction as technicians must adjust their work while still striving to meet anticipated schedule and performance standards.The opportunity I’m
  • Flexibility -- how much do you offer?

    If you’ve been in the Air Force for more than a second, then you’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, “Flexibility is the key to air power.” Okay, I promise not to bore you with more bumper sticker slogans or quotations from ancient Greek mythology, but I do want to break down flexibility and bring it a little closer to home.Webster’s definition of
  • Keeping it in the green

    St. Patrick’s Day started me thinking about the many meanings of the color green.As an aircrew member, “down, three green” means the landing gear are down and locked and the aircraft is ready to land. At staff meetings, we use red, amber and green stoplight charts to track a program, with green indicating the program is going well. In the
  • Air Force Chief of Staff addresses Airmen

    To the Airmen of the United States Air Force,March 19 marked the third anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the removal of an oppressive, dangerous regime. This was the culmination of a joint and coalition intense effort on land, sea and air. I want to take this moment to say thanks for all your sacrifices and to let you know that you are
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