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  • 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
  • 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
  • ‘Like’ Me!

    Being deployed brings challenges. We’re away from familiar environments. We must work to stay connected to loved ones. We’re busier with work than our job in garrison. However, we are fortunate to be afforded the convenience of the internet (something the Doolittle Raiders couldn’t have dreamed of in their time away). Although I’m an old guy, I
  • 379th AEW Chaplain Corps – Helping Airmen Stay Spiritually Fit

    The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Chaplain Corps Religious Support Teams (RSTs) work hard every day helping to protect and provide for the spiritual needs of Airmen deployed and stationed here at Al Udeid. In addition to squadron focused warrior care unit engagement and confidential counseling, the RSTs work hard to provide opportunities for Airmen
  • Why I stayed in the Air Force

    A great many of us are approaching the final three months of our tour at Al Udeid. In my experience, this is a time when frustrations increase. In order to remain positive, I suggest we focus on the reasons we chose to serve. Allow me to share my personal perspective.From an early age, I had a strong desire to fly. I reached my childhood dream by
  • Adapt to your Environment

    Deployed operations are intense. Leaders at every level must adapt to mission demands quickly to produce consistent, effective, and sustainable combat and combat support capability despite the challenges of building a cohesive team from individuals who have never worked together, high turn-over and unfamiliar surroundings. Our deployed environment
  • A Son’s Honor to His Mother during Women’s History Month

    Many of you may know that in the United States, March is the annual declared month highlighting the contributions of women in history. During this month, many venues will celebrate women’s accomplishments throughout history via a myriad of events. Obviously, there is much to celebrate and sing praises for, as President Barack Obama said in his
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