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  • Painting the right picture

    How many times have you made a value assessment about a person when you first met them? Often I've found the way I initially saw someone was not even close to the person they truly were, based on further interaction with them. This week I want to focus on how many of us paint pictures everyday and don't even realize it.I'm not talking about
  • Duty...Not reward

    Duty. Honor. Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you want to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. -- Gen. Douglas MacArthurI don't come from a
  • Lorenz on Leadership -- Sustaining a wingman culture

    On April 20, a 22-year-old man with a history of violence walked into a bookstore in Wichita Falls, Texas, and started shooting. He wounded four women, then drove to a bar and killed an employee outside before he drove home and took his own life. This tragedy sounds like so many we hear about on the news each and every night. We've almost become
  • Embracing change a must

    When it comes to long-term success, the only constant thing in life is change. Whether it's organizational or personal, continuous improvement is a paradigm shift that doesn't come easily to some people. In fact, our natural tendency is to resist change due to a fear of the unknown. Therefore, it's incumbent on leaders at every level to proactively
  • Lorenz on Leadership -- Motivation

    These are challenging times for our Air Force. We have been engaged in combat operations since 1990 and are balancing limited resources against an aggressive operations tempo. We are once again adjusting to maintain our authorized end strength while juggling priorities within a leveling budget. Many of our aircraft are beyond expected service lives
  • AETC commander selected for Order of the Sword

    Air Education and Training Command enlisted members recently selected Commander Gen. Stephen R. Lorenz for induction into the Order of the Sword. The Order of the Sword is the highest honor and tribute NCOs can bestow upon an individual.General Lorenz is set to accept the honor in a formal ceremony in Lackland Air Force Base's Gateway Club July 16.
  • Going above and beyond

    Black Knights, you rocked the house during our Air Mobility Command Unit Compliance Inspection and Logistics Compliance Assessment Program, and your actions were nothing less than marvelous.In a time in our Air Force where "Satisfactory" is the standard, you went above and beyond to earn an overall "Excellent" rating in the UCI and three
  • Training for victory

    For they had learned that true safety was to be found in long previous training, and not in eloquent exhortations uttered when they were going into action.-- Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War, circa 404 BCThe premise that training is essential for success in battle is universally accepted, especially in the specialized application of
  • Arming yourself for the social media cyber war

    Coming to a workstation computer screen near you in the very near future is the ability for Airmen to engage in social networking, but with that new capability, Airmen also accept an awesome amount of responsibility.While there has been a lot of discussion about network security and preserving that "weapon system," what we can't get lost on is that
  • First Command: AETC first to influence Airmen

    To the men and women of the First Command, I leave Air Education and Training Command after spending the past 20 months honored to be your vice commander. Boy, have you taught me a lot! Thank You. Thank you for your tremendous devotion, service and professionalism. We call ourselves the First Command because of what you do every day. Recruiters