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  • I am an American Airman, I am a Warrior

    It is a cold, dark morning on the sleepy hollows of RAF Alconbury. As everyone begins to awaken and start their journey to work, the base still seems eerily quiet compared to any other base I have been stationed. I go into work and I see my Airmen starting their day. They are 423rd Communications Squadron Airmen, ensuring that the network is up and
  • Involvement in the Community

    Growing up in a small West Texas town with a population of less than 1000, I was taught at an early age the importance of community.  I was involved in many organizations that gave back to the community from participating in the annual “Rabbit Twisters” play, to organizing a youth choir to sing Christmas Carols at the small retirement home in my
  • Work/Life Balance in the Military

    Having served 6 deployments within my first 12 years of service, I believed there was no such thing as work/life balance in the military.  Being a mother and a wife to a civilian spouse who often had to sacrifice his career in order to support mine, seemingly, there was always going to be a significant deficit on my end of the ‘balance’ spectrum.
  • Adapting and overcoming

    The United States Air Force has been built on long standing traditions and values. The Air Force as a whole consists of a melting pot of individuals differing in race, religion, age, and beliefs. The conflict that is sure to follow will involve the transition of a young man or woman into a highly functional member of the military; there is a big
  • 2, 3, and 4

      Have you ever met someone who is only looking out for themselves?  I refer to these individuals as having a “ME” mentality, not a “WE” mentality, failing to look out for the team.  For most of us this is a deal breaker in building a positive relationship.  As a veteran of 17 years, I have seen this mentality create a negative work environment by
  • The "F" Word

    Webster’s dictionary describes this word as, “the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective.” It’s a word that is considered taboo in the military because we are taught that this word is not an option. Abraham Lincoln encountered this word at least 14 times before being elected to the office of the President of The United
  • Winter is Coming

    With the recent reduction in daylight due to daylight savings, our days are getting shorter and our nights are becoming longer. Consequently, “Winter is Coming” and I’m not referring to the next season of Game of Thrones, but the arrive to work and go home in the dark, bone-chilling, is this darkness ever going to end, type of winter. Yet, as the
  • Small Group Leadership

    To build a truly effective team, you must build trust. Your subordinates and peers must have faith that you will look out for their safety and development, and that you won’t abandon them in their moment of need.
  • Keep it Fun

    High-performing units are like unstoppable machines and are wonders to behold. Their members are motivated and seem to over-deliver. Processes are streamlined while work gets done faster and with higher quality. It’s almost as if something is in the air that drives everyone forward, ever gaining momentum while racking up win after win after win. In
  • Own your A’s

    When I was very young, my best friend and mentor was my Grandfather. To me, he was a larger than life, somewhat scary, John Wayne-esk type of man. He taught me so many things, but there were a few things that stuck with me the most: Do things right the first time, and take care of your things by having pride in ownership.