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  • Mindfulness: Choose to be present

    Have you ever met someone new and forgotten their name immediately? As they were telling you their name, your internal dialogue was figuring out if you wanted to just use your first name, or perhaps rank and last name. Am I late for something? What did they say? Do you include a duty title? Where were they from? What am I having for dinner? Poof! The name was missed or easily overwritten in your short term memory.
  • What is a Wingman?

    We constantly hear the slogan about being a good wingman, but what exactly does that mean? I’m sure it comes as no surprise that “wingman” is a pilot term that refers to the pattern in which airplanes fly.
  • A Legacy of Innovation

    Happy Birthday to the United States Air Force...or as my mother would call it, the 42nd Anniversary of her 29th Birthday.  As we celebrate 71 years as a separate service, we also celebrate more than 71 years of innovation. This is the year of revitalizing the squadrons by getting back to basics. Innovation is a large part of our history and needs
  • 301 MXG - Maintaining Lethality

    On any given day around the maintenance complex you will find Airmen making the 301st Fighter Wing mission happen. If you are on the flight line and look at our F-16 tail flashes, you will notice that some of the jets have ‘85 markings, which tells the year the aircraft was manufactured. With some quick math you can easily deduce we have iron on
  • If everything is a priority, then nothing is

    The word priority originated from the Latin word 'prior', meaning first. At some point in the 20th century, priority was demoted to its current plural form--priorities--but has rebounded some and is now typically used with top, first, highest, or most-important.  No matter how we use the word, it's hard to delineate our priorities/time with so many
  • The importance of mentoring to leadership development

    My mentor memorized my phone number. Not on purpose. It was simply because I call a lot. From then on, whenever I call, he answers in a certain tone and with a particular phrase, knowing it is I.  He was my boss. Now, he’s my mentor. Everyone needs a mentor. Someone who challenges you to be the best version of yourself. Someone who pushes you over
  • Resiliency, culture, and work/life integration key for Airmen

    As your Command Chief, I want us to focus on resiliency. I want to ensure our warriors are prepared for whatever obstacle is placed before them. We have a lot of great resources at our disposal, more now than ever before. Work and life can be challenging at times, which we all deal with differently. We need our Airmen to know how to get plugged into the system and get assistance when needed.
  • My first 100 days as command chief

    I have served as your Command Chief for the past 100 days. Since taking this position, we have been through a lot.
  • Vietnam veterans honored decades after sacrifice

    The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Ceremony that took place in a hangar at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas April 22 helped me understand the impact of that war on service members and their families.
  • Chief's View: Own Your Career; Own Your Path

    I believe it is absolutely critical for you to know what I value as your chief and what we are doing at the headquarters to help our Airmen succeed. My job is to provide you the tools, training and support you need to have a successful Air Force career, but to do that, you need to be proactive and own your own path. I want to take this opportunity