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  • What’s your Target?

    “If you don’t know your target you will never get there.” In your career you will have many twists and turns but the key to moving forward is knowing what your target is.
  • Are You Ready?

    Life is made up of crisis points. The decisions we make in those moments define us but we only get the chance to make those decisions if we prepare...How is your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health? Are you ready?
  • Fostering a Culture of Excellence and a Winning Mindset

    Many of us have been given a project or duty that is inherently an uphill battle. We look at the situation and it is almost impossible to not be discouraged by the daunting tasks that lay ahead. It is in this moment we all have two choices in front of us; we can embrace this challenge with our hearts and minds focused on success…or we can quit, give up, or only put in a half effort, all of which can be considered the same tactic. How do we strive to make the first choice? Maybe the better question is, how do we get others to make that choice? 
  • We Lost the Cows…the Power of Self Reflection

    As leaders, it is vitally important to reflect and look upon the past experiences that have shaped our lives and affect who we are. There are certain moments, clips of mental images and experiences, that time warp my mind, body and spirit into a “holodeck” like encounter. Encounters that allow me to analyze pensive moments that have impacted my
  • Outlook Will Always Determine Outcome

    As I commemorate my first year commanding the 422nd Medical Squadron, I take an introspective look back at the amazing leaders and Airmen I’ve worked for and served, the successes attained, as well as challenging leadership environments and obstacles that I’ve overcome in my almost 20 years serving in the military. For this piece on leadership, I’ve chosen a few of my own personal maxims to share that have helped guide my actions as an officer and Airman in the world’s greatest Air Force.
  • Be Positive

    There are innumerable aspects of our personal and professional lives that we cannot control. The baseball-sized hailstorm that destroyed the car you bought with your enlistment bonus…you could not control. How about the time your flight plans changed because the pilot did not show up? Again, you had no control. Or when the Atlanta Falcons blew a
  • Welcome to the Team!

    As you’ve all recited many times in the Airmen’ Creed, you are truly part of a “proud heritage and a legacy of valor”. Your contributions and skills continue to add to that legacy. The Air Force is your team now and relies on each of you to continue to make it successful. The simple fact is that you make us better and stronger than we were yesterday. However, you are not only a member of this elite organization, you are now an owner in this business of airpower and the team is relying on you to move us forward.
  • Reflections on Military Service

    Serving in the U.S. military is a special privilege. It is inextricably tied to the deepest roots of our country. The expectations are high, but so is the satisfaction in knowing what we do truly matters. As we reflect on this, let it motivate us to be the best men and women we can be, do our jobs as best we can, and wear the flag with pride.
  • Carrying the Air Force ethos through life

    I will carry the Air Force ethos with me to the civilian world and will find ways to positively impact people in my local community.
  • Creating a resilient Air Force through adaptability, self reflection and empathy

    We have come far in our Air Force, yet we still face challenges that require our attention. We cannot establish a resilient force, enhance our mission capability, or create a cohesive environment unless we take the time to be adaptive, self-reflective, and empathetic, and simply pay attention.