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  • What to Do in 2009

    General Patton said "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." Airmen thrive on this principle; we are known as being an innovative and adaptive service that is willing to empower our people and embrace new technology. Armed with a vision and mission, Airmen will demonstrate ingenuity
  • Warrior: affirming the Air Force ethos

    The United States Air Force is the dominant global force in history--deterrence, global strike, global mobility, combat delivery, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, special operations--our Air Force brings unprecedented capabilities to combatant commanders and our nation. We possess cutting edge technology, outstanding facilities, and
  • Lick 'em Tomorrow--Never Give Up

    Several weeks ago at the AETC Commander's conference, we went to the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh, TN to focus on leadership. The combatants at Shiloh would not recognize the tactics and weapons of modern warfare and would be awed by the application of air power, but the leadership required to lead Airmen is just as applicable today as it was on
  • Two Walls that Made (Make) a Difference

    I visited the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC about a year ago, and like most people, I was moved by the poignant reminders of the systematic murder of over six million people. The family pictures of an entire village that ceased to exist and a room full of shoes taken from thousands prior to entering the gas chambers are images one will
  • Triumph after the trial

    Last week, I wrote about overcoming the mountains in your life as you run your race. Mountains represent challenges that can knock or slow you down while you endeavor to complete your goals. The difference between growing personally and professionally is how we handle the trials in our lives. I believe trials are not there to stop us, but to reveal
  • Lorenz on Leadership -- The solid foundation

    Our Air Force has more than 175,000 civilian employees spread across the globe. In fact, they make up more than 25 percent of our authorized Total Force end strength. The civilian force fills an ever-increasing role in daily mission accomplishment, especially as we've experienced personnel reductions over the past 20 years and, many would argue, no
  • Run your race

    We know that no two people are exactly the same, so I take that to say that each of us is the only one who can finish our race. It's so important that you look at each day as an opportunity to move closer to fully exploiting your talents. When you use this approach everyone around you will benefit from the unique perspective you carry within
  • How's your faith lately?

    No, I'm not talking about your spiritual faith -- although that's certainly an important aspect of life. I'm talking about the faith you have in your leadership. Are you on your leadership's team? Can they count on you to promote their ideas as if they were your own?I remember as a young captain, I thought I knew it all. I couldn't believe some of
  • Leadership is about relevance

    With new challenges arising as quickly as the calendar changes, we need leadership that is about making things happen versus wondering what's happening. A constant theme in our most prominent leaders is their relevance to those they lead and serve. Relevance isn't about seeing the glass half full versus half empty; it's about getting the most out
  • Kham Duc

    The air evacuation of the Special Forces Camp at Kham Duc, Vietnam ranks as one of the most heroic days in Air Force history. In one day at Kham Duc, airlifters were awarded the Medal of Honor, four Air Force Crosses, four Sliver Stars and the MacKay Trophy for the most meritorious flight of the year. Aircraft flying into the 6,000 foot airstrip