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Lt. Col. Kyle Pelkey is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Meagan Schutter) Real servant leadership
Another leadership commentary? Yes! Truthfully I am writing this commentary because it is my turn on a schedule, but the great news is, I am happy to serve in this way! For most of my career, I dreaded reading the seemingly infinite number of opinions on leadership from various Air Force leaders. Why write another commentary on this topic? I keep
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Lt. Col. Dustin Richards is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 1st SOCES is focused on the construction, maintenance, and protection of all base infrastructure, which includes buildings, roadways, airfield pavements, utility services and the surrounding environment. They also provide complete services for fire protection, explosive ordnance disposal, disaster preparedness, war readiness support, military family housing and various other base-wide needs such as custodial cleaning and refuse disposal. (Courtesy Photo) Airpower is a team sport
Across the country, as winter gives way to spring, the leaves start to bud, the flowers start to bloom, and baseball stadiums in small towns, on college campuses and in big cities come alive with anticipation as we welcome back the national pastime. Hope fills the heart of every fan as each team begins the season with an unblemished record and
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Lt. Col. Richard Dawson, commander of the 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron, stands for a photo at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Mar. 14, 2016. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Meagan Schutter) Contracting to the commander's intent
A commander’s intent is given on a topic to help guide the planning and subsequent actions to achieve a desired result. The planning process and actions themselves are important and take hours of preparation. Ultimately however, it is the result of the planning process and subsequent actions that really matters. For example, the action may be to
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Lt. Col. Angel Blackwell is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Courtesy Photo) You have a better chance of finding a unicorn than work-life balance, and that’s OK
Stephen Covey once said, “The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.”In fact, the subject of the elusive work-life balance is so socialized that a simple web search yielded countless articles, excerpts and discussions regarding the best way to balance our unbalanced lives.In the
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CV-22 Ospreys, from the 8th Special Operations Squadron, land at San Clemente Island, Calif., during exercise Carbonite Archer, Nov. 6, 2014. Carbonite Archer is an emergency deployment readiness exercise focusing on the 1st Special Operations Wing’s ability to deploy aircraft and personnel anytime and anywhere in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway) Courage and the ORM process
As Air Commandos, we have a proud heritage of courage. The buildings and streets of our bases are named in honor of courageous men and women. Our hallways are lined with the pictures and memorabilia of heroic deeds in our units’ history. The very concept of courage is woven into the fabric of Air Force Special Operations Command and we begin
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Lt. Col. Brett DeAngelis is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 1st SOG is one of four groups assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing that plans, prepares and executes special operations and security assistance worldwide in support of theater commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Are you an Air Commando?
Defining an Air Commando can be a challenge. Some Air Commando career fields require physical strength and stamina, while others demand technical expertise but minimal physical skills. Medics, pilots, logisticians and personnelists have very different daily functions, but all can be Air Commandos. So what is the common acquired skill that turns
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Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Donald speaks to more than 100 Air Commandos during Hurlburt Field’s African American Heritage Month kick-off luncheon at The Soundside Catering on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 1, 2016. The Jackson, Miss., native and first African American Army ROTC graduate from the University of Mississippi served 33 years in the Army and served in numerous key command and staff assignments. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) AAHM: Our moral imperative to lead by example
“…Lives of great men ‘and women’ all remind us we too can make our lives ‘extraordinary,’ and in departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time… So let us then be up and doing with a heart for anything, still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.”I must caution you about inviting an old Soldier like me to come and
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Lt. Col. Lee A. Comerford is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron. We can’t afford to leave well enough alone
For those of us “seasoned” enough to remember a time in the Air Force of seemingly endless streams of money, manpower and resources, today’s budgetary constraints have definitely brought about paradigm-shifting realities. I remember entering the Air Force in 1995 and many were still high-fiving the successes of Desert Storm while manned and
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Maj. Krista Leaman is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing Comptroller Squadron, a 1st Special Operations Wing staff agency, that manages the financial business of Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 1st SOCPTS provides peacetime and wartime world-wide support to all members, both active and retired, of the uniformed services, other members of the Department of Defense components, as well as civilian employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Callaway) Mentorship: The key to success
Being prepared is the key to the Air Force and its culture. We need to be prepared for many different types of events - from natural disasters and deployments to inspections other challenges in life.Throughout my career, the focus has been on emotional, spiritual, and physical preparedness. These are all important aspects to be prepared for, but
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Default Air Force Logo Through my lens
What I’ve seen through my camera is harrowing, exceptional, heartbreaking and powerful. It’s a tumultuous series of stories that are sometimes unbelievable, but always remarkable.My occupation in the Air Force allows me a different perspective than most. As a photojournalist for Special Operations, I’m front and center for a variety of different
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