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  • Ten ways to be successful

    I was asked a while ago for a 'top 10 list' of suggestions for Airmen who want a successful career. I finally found time to answer this Airman and I decided I'd do it open letter style. The list is certainly not all inclusive, but you may find it useful. In no particular order, here are 10 ways to be successful in our Air Force:Be RealisticFirst
  • I know who, what, when and where … but why?

    Leading by example can be a heavy burden, but it is the burden we choose to carry when we don the uniform each day. As leaders, we should focus on showing others "how" to be an American Airman who embodies the core values. We should also explain "why" it matters to serve with the utmost integrity because the "who, what, when and where" will then
  • What motivates you?

    Motivation is an idea that is used to explain behavior. It is the reason for people's actions, desires and needs.What motivates you? Is it a pay raise, promotion, family or friends?When I applied for an ROTC scholarship back in the early 1980s, my motivation was monetary. I needed money for college. Many of us join the military for monetary
  • Article 88

    Because of the unique mission and needs of the armed forces, civilians enjoy a greater degree of free speech under the first amendment than do service members.  Political speech is no exception.  Military law prohibiting disrespectful language toward our civilian leadership by service members dates back to the Articles of War enacted in