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  • Slow down to get there faster

    This week put into perspective that being the first out of the gate doesn't guarantee finishing on top in a race or in our professions. In our give-it-to-me-my-way-and-give-it-to-me-now society, we end up repeating things we should only have to do once. This typically happens because we are in such a rush to finish versus providing the best product
  • What motivates you?

    Motivation doesn't always come easy. You see it from time to time, you expect it from others and sometimes you look deep within yourself to find it. For me, it manifests itself within my children, when I put on the uniform or when I witness a selfless act. It's been said that if you want to make things happen the ability to motivate yourself and
  • Celebrate Independence Day safely

    As we celebrate our independence, I want to thank each one of you for bravely serving our country and providing this nation's blanket of freedom. We all agreed to serve our country during a time of war, accepting the risks and dangers involved--and our country needs us now more than ever. As we celebrate our country's 233rd birthday, we'll take to
  • Preventing the next suicide

    In January 2009, the number of Army deaths from suicide outpaced the number of soldiers killed by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. The Air Force has also seen an increase in suicides from the previous year. Little Rock Air Force Base has had an increase in suicide-related behaviors since the beginning of the year. Life difficulties or
  • Gifts are for sharing

    Today, after another busy day on "the Rock," a few of us sat around the office and began to discuss what we respect in good leadership. Mrs. Cheryl Fraser, the 19th Airlift Wing commander's secretary, made the point that the best leaders understand that their gifts and talents are to be used to take care of those around them. I believe each of us
  •'s not if but when

    Life often brings with it unforeseen events. Perhaps you've heard the saying "life is what happens when you have other plans". It's easy to appreciate the unexpected change if it's a better job, winning the lotto or a long awaited promotion. However, the unexpected often comes in the form of adversity. Whether the challenge is illness, family
  • Are you growing Tiggers or Eeyores?

    President Obama recently thanked veterans of the D-Day landings in France saying "our history has always been the sum total of the choices made and the actions taken by each individual man and woman. It has always been up to us." Amen. Our lives and our organizations are what we decide to make them. I have talked to people attending the same event,
  • When did you decide not to be an Airman?

    I was talking to Mrs. Pat Sheppard, secretary for the 19th Airlift Wing vice commander, this week about how we can improve on being the best base in the Air Force. Her response was everyone needs to understand that service to our nation is vital. She further relayed that being an Airman is not just a statement, but a way of life. Even though we
  • An ounce of creed and a dose of humility go a long way

    During our Commander's Call last week, I had the privilege of reciting our Airman's Creed with the men and women of the 314th Airlift Wing. The next day, when I had time to reflect on what it meant to me, I recalled a statement made by the late and honorable Dr. Martin Luther King: "If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But
  • Mentor or “tormentor”….it’s all supervision

    During your career you have heard what it is to be a leader and mentor, but at some point we may have needed that "tormentor." The "tormentor" can change our behavior when we become halfhearted. I remember back in the day when my first supervisor was not only a mentor, but an excellent tormentor. When I strayed off course, he was right there to put