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  • Focus on the process, become part of a rotating solution

    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. Handover. Turnover. Swapout. Rotation. Whatever we may call it, we’ve all either been its beneficiary or its victim over the last month or so.  Every month,
  • Make Your Deployment a Lifestyle Change: Diet and Nutrition

     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.Part 1 of 3 in a seriesFor many of us, this isn’t our first deployment. But for some, including me, it’s our first.  However, what I have noticed to be a
  • Is It Just True or Is It the Truth?

    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.    The other day I was scrolling through Facebook posts when I came upon the picture above.  An initial casual glance rendered the thought “well duh.”  But I
  • How Do You Clean The Rug?

    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.As a former squadron commander in the world’s best bomb squadron (The 37th Tigers… harrumph!), I focused many of my commander’s calls and small group sessions
  • AF Study: Why Airmen remain in the Service

    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. U.S. Air Force senior leaders are witnessing elevated retention rates due to military members remaining in the service beyond their initial service
  • A Brief History in DoD Pride Month

    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.Juneis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month.  It is celebrated in June to commemorate theStonewall riots of 1969, often considered the
  • Grand Slam Wing Commander says farewell

    As Iget ready to depart Al Udeid, I tried to come up with an appropriate expressionof gratitude to convey how much I appreciate what you have done for the GrandSlam Wing over the past year.  Those twowords are the best I can come up with.  I feelextremely humbled and privileged to have been a part of such a team of Airmen. Thank-youfor your service
  • License to act

    “If you don’t like something change it.  If you can’t change it, change yourattitude.  Don’t complain.”  This quote by Maya Angelou has been writtenon my grease board for multiple assignments.    What sound like very easy words are actuallysome of the hardest to execute.  Changeis hard.  It makes people andorganizations uncomfortable. Instead of
  • Combat Leadership – Finding the Right Way to Get to “Yes”!

    Just the other day, I heard a story about some Airmen involvedin combat support, that were asked to deviate from a procedure to accomplish atask at the tactical level to directly support a warfighter.  And on the one hand, when faced with asimilar situation, one might say “I can’t do that because of publishedguidance.”  And yet, on the other
  • It’s awesome and it matters, but don’t take my word for it

    This tour has provided me some different insights than I’ve gained on earlier deployments. Previously, I flew the line and led the tactics shop focusing almost solely on my Air Force Specialty Code. I was accomplishing my role in the production and employment of airpower or the mission (a.k.a. the mish). During this deployment, as commander of the
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