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  • Is the Air Force in you?

    When I think about being a good Airman first, there are two quotes that have framed my focus.The first came from Chief Master Sgt. A.C. Smith, the command chief master sergeant for the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. It was part of his address to the Team Hill 5/6 Association; I was attending as president of Hill's Top 3. He
  • Changing lives … it’s what recruiters do

    As recruiters it's easy to understand the impact of what we do. Seeing the transition of young adults into Airmen is the most rewarding part of this job.But, what about what we don't see? It's hard to comprehend the way we are changing lives without knowing one's full story. Sure, we are taught to probe to find needs, but there is a lot more to
  • A squadron commander's perspective on the Key Spouse Program

    As a commander of a recruiting squadron, I have the greatest job in the world. However, as with commanding any squadron, you are going to have challenges. This is why it is important to have systems in place to help deter and address these challenges.Most of the time, the focus is on the Airman, however, the Key Spouse Program is one that focuses
  • Think before you act: It only takes a second for your actions to go viral

    Have you ever done something you wish you could take back? Said something mean ... wrote something inappropriate ... behaved in a way that was disrespectful? I'm sure you have or you wouldn't be human.However, in today's society some of these behaviors never go away, even if you tried to delete them. They are documented in Facebook status updates,
  • ‘Without you, there is no Air Force’

    I am the recruiting advisor to the Afghan Air Force recruiting commander (an O-6). I am assigned to the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, which is under the NATO Air Training Command. Under this command there are 28 coalition partner nations operating from Kabul. I work at a very small base with several Army and Navy personnel, and other nation
  • Compliance--Know your job and do it right!

    As my tour draws to a close with the 337th Recruiting Squadron, I find myself reflecting back on the amazing ride I've been on for 24 months, and what I want to achieve in my final six months. I think about the professional military and civilian Airmen who I've been entrust to lead. I'm excited about the thousands of enlisted and officer accessions
  • Integrity’s Wingman

    "If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do that, too?"That's what my mom use to ask me when I was a kid and in trouble for doing something I shouldn't have done. Somehow I thought explaining that my friends did it as well made it OK.I was wrong - boy, was I wrong! I alone was responsible for my actions because I knew better. I knew right
  • Manage stress this holiday season, avoid legal pitfalls

    The holidays are upon us. Advertisements urge us to flock to the stores and spend, spend, spend. Charitable organizations ramp up their requests for donations to support the less fortunate. Many messages suggest that we're supposed to spend lots of quality time with our loved ones. Military leadership encourages us to get away from the rigors of
  • Medal of Honor recipients offer lessons on leadership

    In the last two weeks, I have had the distinct honor of attending two community events in Chicago, where in each one, the keynote speaker was a recent Medal of Honor recipient. The biggest take-aways I can give you from their speeches are: 1. While we lead our Airmen very well every day, leading Airmen in our recruiting environment is not difficult
  • Suicide Prevention: Don't be afraid to ask 'why'

    I was a young Airman, accused of a crime I didn't commit - I faced a court martial with an outcome of a dishonorable discharge, years in prison and civil limitations for the rest of my life. I was ultimately found not guilty, but not before I tried to kill myself. I was new to the Air Force. I was looking forward to a long career, hoping to make
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