COMMENTARIES

  • People first, mission always

    If you've been around long enough, you've heard the phrase "mission first, people always."Today's Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments, or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission -

  • Before leading Airmen, leaders must first lead themselves

    How many times have you said to yourself, my supervisor couldn't lead themselves  out of a wet paper bag? However, as you say that to yourself, how do you prepare yourself to lead others? Before you supervise others, you must first be able to lead yourself. This article describes five key points of

  • Hold the Rope

    Years ago, I heard a quote that has stayed with me throughout my career. I can't remember the author's name, but I'm sure his words have been in numerous inspirational speeches. The piece is titled, "Hold the Rope.""Hold the rope. On every team no matter what sport, game, occupation or gathering

  • Empowerment: More than just a word

    I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job.At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering my job. All Airmen are expected to "check the

  • Informal leaders make a difference

    Are you taking advantage of the leadership opportunities in front of you? Do you pick up the ball and run with it when it comes to taking care of issues that impact your work center?I'm talking about that individual who has no formal title or authority, but influences everyone around them. We've all

  • What does resiliency mean to you?

    How the tough keep going when the going gets tough is a question that's been on my mind over the past couple of weeks. So, how do people remain calm and cope under pressure when they're on the verge of a meltdown due to a relentless workload and impossible deadlines?The word that comes to my mind is

  • Through a survivor's eyes

    Why don't you like sleepovers anymore?" asked a curious girl in my pre-teen dance class.This was a question I was asked frequently, so I gave the response most people wanted to hear, that I don't like being away from home.When I was 16, I offended people when I quickly jerked away and almost bolted

  • My Journey and the Lessons Along the Way

    Editor's note: In recognition of Women's History Month we asked one of our senior leaders, Chief Master Sgt. Lashanda Cleveland, 423rd Mobility Training Squadron superintendent, to share how she found success during her 22 year journey in the Air Force. The 423 MTS uses both in-residence and on-line

  • To be a better Airman, be a brave lobster

    While on the Internet last week, I came across two videos I think illustrate important lessons for every Airman. The first video was of a speech by Dr. Ken Robinson. Robinson, an educator and author, told this great story about his son's school nativity. Most of us are familiar with the nativity and

  • Reversing roles: military spouse to military member

    "It's only two months, I'll be fine. It's such a short time, no need to cry," I kept telling myself over and over again.I put on a brave face and kept my emotions in check as I gave my fiancé, Landon, one last hug and kiss before he went through airport security to fly out to Air Force basic