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  • Silent in many languages: Valuing people through listening

    General Ulysses S. Grant was the hero of the Civil War battles of Fort Donelson, Tenn., Vicksburg, Miss., Chattanooga, Tenn. and the campaigns in Northern Virginia which culminated with the Confederate Army's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Va. He was not flashy, physically imposing or charismatic like many of his predecessors at the head of
  • One team, one fight

    You've all heard the battle cry at a commander's call or after a wing staff meeting: "Team Little Rock -- Combat Airlift!" But have you ever really thought about what it means? Well I have, as I had the opportunity to transition from Air Education and Training Command to Air Mobility Command and be part of two great teams, supporting the same
  • Own your process

    While shopping at the base exchange this week, Ms. Bonita, who works there, got me thinking about what it means to own what you do. Whenever I go there, she seems intimately knowledgeable about what she is responsible for and she has a great attitude in doing her job. Each one of us plays a key part in what we do for our nation, and we must do all
  • Fitness lies I told myself

    As we prepare for the revised Air Force fitness testing program, I've spent the last couple of months educating myself on diet and fitness - subjects I thought I knew plenty about. I was mistaken. Throughout my career I've prepared for and passed each physical training test. Although I never scored high, I felt good because I always passed, and I
  • Attitude—it really is everything

    Ever wondered why some people are more successful than others? Maybe you've noticed some people handle stress or overcome challenges easier than the rest of us? While there may be many reasons, one key ingredient you will find in almost all successful people is a positive attitude. I've read successful people view failure as learning opportunities
  • On Labor Day, remember our Airmen work hard to defend freedom

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - As I visit with people at bases throughout Air Mobility Command and our operations across the globe, one thing I always admire is the strong spirit of our Airmen and civilians who keep the mobility mission moving day in and day out. We have an extremely important mission in AMC, supporting our Nation at home and abroad
  • Becoming the next generation of frontline supervisors

    Last Thursday we celebrated a big event, the selection of the Air Force's newest Staff Sergeants. While the pay is nice and the extra stripe looks good on the uniform, there is one thing even more important. The latest selects will become the next generation of front line supervisors and Non-Commissioned Officers. For a commander this is a huge
  • Team Little Rock remembers Women’s Equality Day

    Since the conception and establishment of our great nation, the people of the U.S. have diligently worked to make equality for everyone a literal reality for all its citizens. On Aug. 26, 1920, we moved a step closer to achieving the full purpose of our nation's Constitution when Congress passed its 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
  • Honoring a legacy of valor

    On Sept. 18 we will have a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony on base. This will give us an opportunity to reflect on our nation's true heroes. The true character of a country is displayed in how they honor those that stood and stand in defense of its citizens. All of us are the recipients of freedom due to the few who willingly defended the many. This
  • Little Rock, your home away from home

    This week, I sat down with about 30 of our newest Airmen assigned to our installation in hopes of helping their transition be a smooth one. If you look at things that create stress in life, moving is near the top of the list. There are many things connected with a change of location, such as finding your way around or even establishing positive