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Commentary: Cake with persistence
October 15, 2020
— Persistence keeps you moving. It is a drive within you that helps to steer you toward your goals. A lesson of persistence was given to me by my child after my husband baked a pumpkin candied pecan torte. ...
Commentary: How do we explain COVID-19 to our children?
April 29, 2020
— I thought long and hard about how I should explain COVID-19 to my children. I settled on the truth because it’s the best thing for them. But what “truth” and how much? ...
Airmen must resist complacency, adhere to social distancing guidelines
April 14, 2020
— The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. One-in-five cases in the U.S. requiring hospitalization are people between the ages of 20 and 44. One-third of Department of Defense cases are in intensive care units. All Airmen are vulnerable, and overcoming this threat requires our entire Air Force to work together...
Commentary: I did it. On purpose
August 23, 2019
— You’ve probably heard the words, “I’m sorry, it was an accident” or some variation countless times throughout your life. I have five kids, so I hear it way too often. ...
Commentary: creating high performance through job satisfaction
April 3, 2019
— Do you like your job? Do your Airmen like their jobs? If you answered no, why? How you answer those questions can say a lot about your organization. Believe it or not, you can create a better workplace for your Airmen...
Commentary: Getting in the habit of excellence
November 27, 2018
— Each year, more than 35,000 civilians cross the blue line and embrace the Air Force Core Values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.” Today, let us consider excellence. Excellence easily translates into visible action. A lack of excellence cannot be concealed over time. No position, duty title or special project will make you excellent. ...
Commentary: Lessons from failure
October 9, 2018
— Thirty-two. Thirty-three. Thirty-four. Thirty-five -- time’s up. Somewhere in Texas a senior airman failed his fitness test. He couldn’t complete the minimum requirement for abdominal crunches. Dragging himself back to his car, ashamed and furious with himself, he realized that he was now one of those Airmen he looked down on for failing their fitness test. Worse yet, he was deploying in two weeks and his gut sank as he thought of delivering news of his failure to his supervision. That senior airman was me in 2014...
Commentary: The three 'C's' of leadership
August 21, 2018
— The Army has given me no shortage of leadership training and opportunities over my more than 30 years of service. Having commanded at all levels, in organizations of all sizes, three traits have stood out as non-negotiable in leadership: competence, commitment, and character...
Commentary: When the storms of life arise, how do you survive the onslaught?
June 28, 2018
— The storms of life appear in many forms. Some are small and arise as unexpected showers to rain on your parade, while others last so long they leave you exhausted -- mentally, physically, emotionally or even spiritually...
Commentary: Please return shopping carts here
April 5, 2018
— Please return shopping carts here. Most of us have seen this sign at various store parking lots telling shoppers to return their cart to this designated area upon completion of their shopping. Yet even with the best efforts aimed to make sure the carts are returned, we usually see a handful of them scattered across the parking lot...
Tax relief for victims of severe weather related disasters in Texas
July 13, 2015
— Victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that took place beginning on May 4, in parts of Texas may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue ServiceFollowing...
July 13, 2015
— In 2007, United States Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley, former Chief of Staff, first published the Airman’s Creed.Since that time it has become the very heart of the Air Force. Its words are...