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Commentary: the professional NCO
May 8, 2019
— Webster's Dictionary defines being a professional as “characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession.” As noncommissioned officers we are the "backbone" of the Army profession. It is our inherent duty to uphold our responsibilities, be both technically and tactically competent, quality leaders and trainers and maintain the welfare of our Soldiers and their families. ...
Authentic NCOs: Honest with themselves and their Soldiers
June 19, 2018
— From time to time the concept of "authenticity" emerges in any review of literature, especially since it was first used by Andrew Halpin in 1966. Authentic or genuine behavior is closely associated with an open-climate organization. In an open-climate organization, a leader's behavior is purposeful and real, while, as Halpin suggests, in a closed-climate organization behavior tends to be determined by role and appears almost ritualistic....
Authentic NCOs: Honest with themselves and their people
June 15, 2018
— The conditions that hamper NCOs in their work make it all the more imperative that you, the NCO, improve the quality of interaction with your Soldiers....
Commentary: Be decisive in what you do
November 29, 2017
— As leaders, we must remember to be decisive. The choices we make impacts others. If we do not make a decision, someone else will make it for us....
Commentary: Developing my leadership tree
November 15, 2017
— To have a strong leadership tree, it needs the five team leader concepts: self-awareness, values and principles, motivation, support, and a balanced life. These concepts help me ensure I am able to effectively take care of the mission as well as the people I lead....
Commentary: You Ask Why? I Say Why Not?
October 24, 2017
— In my Air Force career one thing that constantly surprises me is when the response I get from Airmen is, “Why should I care?” My response is always, “Why not?”...
Commentary: Win, lose or draw, you still win by learning
October 12, 2017
— Regardless of the results — win, lose or draw — it is a win when you learn....
Commentary: Run as if your career depends on it!
September 28, 2017
— Are you running as if your military career depends on it, or do you put the same effort into your military career as you do on your run? Treat your career as you would when you run your next 5K, 10K, or physical fitness test. If you put forth your best effort in all you do, you will meet your goals with less resistance and dreams can become a reality....
Commentary: Is this the right one?
September 19, 2017
— As leaders, we need to remember our words, actions, and the “bait” we select in developing our Airmen, must be carefully considered for optimal impact. Not only do we need to know whom we are trying to reach, but also understand their motivations and the best way to get them to embrace our message....
Dedicated veteran once honored with his ‘Day at Lackland’
July 19, 2017
— Retired Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth J. Slade, a highly decorated veteran of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland who passed away July 8, 2017 at the age of 83 spent almost 70 years of his life, spanning seven decades, in service to the United States military, both as a service member and as an Air Force civilian....