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  • Character

    The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their
  • Establishing “SMART” Deployment Goals

    The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. It is once again time at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, for the mass rotational swap out.  Some of you are headed home and hopefully, were successful in obtaining
  • Tips to focus on New Year goals

    The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. Happy New Year!  Wow, we have already ushered in 2016.  Many of you are eagerly preparing to depart Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as the operational rotation
  • Take time to explain “why”

    The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. Good communication is a key element of successful organizations. As leaders, managers, or supervisors, we're sometimes so focused on communicating the "what"
  • Finish Strong

    I am a runner. Not because of the number of miles I write on my calendar each morning, not because I have more running clothes than regular clothes in my laundry pile and not because I have more T-shirts than my buddies. I am a runner because I run.   I arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar over six months ago and everybody said my deployment would
  • Runner's Etiquette 101

    The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. Let me begin by saying I’m no Miss Manners.  However, I’m a bit of a pro at running etiquette, mostly because I’ve committed every blunder in the book.  If
  • Integrity is Forever

    The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.It takes courage to do the right thing, no matter the consequences.  It takes years to build a reputation as a person of integrity, but it only takes a second
  • The Big Three

     The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.When I arrived at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as a member of the 86th Communications Squadron in August of 1998, Maj. Chuck Shrader, a flight commander in
  • Five Simple Steps of Gym Etiquette

    You just finished a 30-minute cardio session, your heart rate is up and you’re ready to tear up some weight training.  However, you notice someone on a piece of equipment you want to use and he is sitting there texting.  You decide to start somewhere else.  As you walk towards another piece of equipment you notice the equipment is loaded with
  • Don’t be a critic, but be critical

     The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.Many times in my life, I have learned lessons without truly understanding or appreciating them until much later.  For instance, as a cadet I had the privilege
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