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  • Building an Environment that Fosters Innovation

    I firmly believe in the Chief of Staff’s imperative to “accelerate change or lose.” In order to remain the world’s most dominant Air Force, we must adapt and be prepared to innovate and problem-solve. That starts by empowering our Airmen, and fostering an environment in which innovation and creativity can thrive.
  • A Note on Excellence

    We are now into our second year of combating COVID-19 and adapting to the resulting upheaval to our way of life. It goes without saying that twelve months ago none of us were expecting the lockdowns to last as long as they have or be as limiting as they are. Nonetheless, we endure them to save lives and we will continue to do so for as long as it takes.
  • Her Story

    “You’re the first woman in this job.”  This was the greeting from one of my now dearest employees when I took over as the Deputy Commander and Staff Judge Advocate of the 426th Air Base Squadron in Stavanger, Norway.  He did not mean it in any judgmental or condescending way—just matter of fact.  He has been with the squadron since its inception in 1996, and in all that time he never worked for a woman.  But his comment doesn’t shake me, I was born for this. 
  • Advice from a deputy commander: Be trustworthy, dependable and kind

    As I near the end of my Air Force career, I find myself thinking a lot about what I’ve learned over the past 20+ years. I’ll pass these thoughts on by way of advice.
  • Do your job: The key to mission success

    For me, Coach Bill Belichick’s ask of his players, “Do your job…take care of your responsibility and just do it right,” succinctly defines what is expected of us as Airmen (uniformed and civilian) as we collectively seek victory (mission success) in a game we cannot lose. And, to be fair, while this is an easy ask, it is certainly not a simple task. This is because, as Airmen, we do not have jobs; rather, we belong to a proud profession which places myriad demands on each of us. Whether it be our primary role, additional duties, training and professional development, self-care, wingman and off-duty responsibilities, etc., the proverbial “job jar” is overflowing. But, no matter how difficult and numerous the task(s), the expectation is always clear…take care of your responsibilities and do it right.
  • My Turn

    I first joined the United States Air Force in 2013, and it was to run away. All of my life I have jostled  with my gender identity, never feeling comfortable in the male body I was originally born with. Growing up in South Carolina, I saw the military as one of the most masculine jobs someone could do. I thought that if I joined the Air Force, I could “solve” my gender identity issues and be “a man.”
  • Accountability builds trust

    In our business there is no commodity more valuable than trust. It is the foundation of the profession of arms, and without it, we fail as an organization. Leaders at all levels have to trust that their Airmen will do the right thing, and Airmen need to trust that their leadership has their back when a mistake is made.
  • Inspiration From Our History

    Pathfinders—Happy New Year!  As we transition into 2021, I am sure many of us are more than ready to turn the page on 2020.  I’m with you—I cannot wait to finally conquer Coronavirus and get back to something closer to “normal” life.  I am eager to spend time with friends and family, and explore our host nations once again.
  • Year of the Pathfinder: A Tribute to the 423rd Air Base Group

    “We are Pathfinders. And as we have always done, we light the way.” To put it another way, or the way that Number 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group said it, as re-authorized in 1953, “We Guide to Strike!” In this, Year of the Pathfinder, I refuse to allow the final month of 2020 to close without wholeheartedly agreeing.
  • Using gratitude to combat the 2020 attitude

    This time last year we did not know. We gathered with friends and family for a feast in the name of thankfulness without awareness of what 2020 would have in store. What did 2020 usher? For starters, hardship, isolation and the beloved face mask! Who would have guessed we would have toilet paper shortages, restricted travel, and two-meter distancing? For most, 2020 meant canceling vacations and temporarily separating from friends; for others, 2020 brought grief over loved ones’ sicknesses or even death from COVID-19. But 2020 gave us more than loss, fear and anxiety. We were given a rare opportunity. We were forced to whittle away excess, to sit in isolation, and to focus on that which remained.