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  • Understanding the meaning of impact

    When we ponder whether our contributions matter, we often don't consider the full measure of impact we have on others; but we surely understand the impact others have on us. Interesting to say the least, but when we stay at the lowest levels of psychologist Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs pyramid too long, we tend to become self-centered and
  • Gen. North: Independence Day time of reflection

    "The eyes of all America are upon us as we play our part, posterity will bless or curse us." These words from Revolutionary War hero, Henry Knox, hold as true today as they did 231 years ago. As we celebrate 231 years as a nation, America watches our U.S. military and other governmental agencies support Iraq and Afghanistan and their leadership and
  • Deployed environments foster good work ethics

    Eleven months ago, 30 days after I stepped off the airplane into the 115-degree heat, I considered the lightening-fast pace the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen appeared to be operating in. It seemed everyone was working in fast-forward, and that Airmen here were accomplishing an enormous amount of work in a short time ...
  • Renew mindset, achieve success

    Hedrick Smith once said, "Even where people want better relations, old habits and reflexes persist." This phrase reminded me of the story "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment." This story tells of elderly people who temporary retain their youth only to commit the same mistake they made earlier in life. These people had every intention to change their ways,
  • Customs, courtesies display of respect

    As we go about our daily lives, we get busy and, at times, forget who we are dealing with on the receiving end of our conversations - people, leaders, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines. We've all suffered bouts of selective amnesia, so I'd like to offer a quick thought ... common courtesies start with me. It's people, who care a great deal
  • New AEW commander mission, people focused

    It's great to join the team of expeditionary warriors here at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. I've talked to a lot of people about the wing as I prepared to "take the stick" and I can tell you the wing has an outstanding reputation--as a team of professionals who come together during each AEF cycle to form a premier war fighting unit. The wing's
  • Attitude means everything at the 379th AEW

    "The Winner's Edge," written by Denis Waitley, states, "The real leaders in business, in the professional community, in education, in government, and in the home, draw upon a special cutting edge that separates them from the rest of society. The winner's edge is not in a gifted birth, in a high IQ, or in talent. The winner's edge is in the
  • Gen. Shugg says farewell to 379th Air Expeditionary Wing

    As my time here comes to an end, I would like to say thank you to the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, civilians and coalition partners who have made my time here as the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Commander enjoyable and extremely rewarding. You all have enthusiastically carried out our vision with your warrior spirit by keeping the mission
  • Deployments offer chance to lead

    Over the past 29 years, I have seen many examples of tremendous leadership and some examples of very poor leadership. I've seen excellent organizations struggle and average organizations soar because of their leaders. Can individuals truly affect an organization like that? They most certainly can. The culture of any organization is established by
  • Let 'em run

    What were your reasons for choosing to join the Air Force? A great way of life? Patriotism? Adventure? Challenge? Opportunity for advancement? Job security? School? Travel? Proving something to yourself or someone else? For those beyond your first enlistment, why did you choose to stay? As I talk to Airmen I often ask these questions and the answer