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  • Lt. Col. Vincent, 39 OS/CC: Shaping the future through mentorship

    We have all heard mentorship is key to Airmen development. We are told as supervisors we are required to mentor. We even have an Air Force Instruction dedicated to mentorship! But, how many of us have actually been taught what mentorship truly is and how to accomplish it?Let me begin with a definition: In accordance with AFI 36-3401, Air Force
  • A lesson from an interior design 'fail'

    You might be wondering why there is a boring photo of a poster board sitting on an easel associated with this article, and you should. Since when does quality Air Force photography look like this?This picture, believe it or not, is really worth a thousand words (ok, maybe more like half of that). Here's why:If you scroll through the photos, you'll
  • Traveling Turkey: The road to Alahan Monastery

    Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing series of spots of interest in the area.One of the things I hear most from people who have been stationed at Incirlik is, "I wish I would have traveled more and seen more of the country."Turkey is full of so much history and beautiful scenery, and all you have to do is step outside your front door.And to
  • Col. Wizda, 39 MDG/CC: Leadership lessons from a not-so-well-known President

    Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life of the party, James Madison does not fit some perceptions of a leader.In today's world, he probably would have been perceived as a nerd. But, his brilliant mind and leadership skills now have historians re-embracing Madison's presidency and his
  • Lt. Col. Galler, 425 ABS/CC: Leadership ... observations from a year in command

    Leadership is a craft which can be taught, developed and should be constantly improved. For the purpose of this article, we'll look at four factors consistently found in successful leaders and a leader who exemplifies each of them. These factors include: positive communication; knowing the strengths of your people; trusting your team; and
  • 'Every dollar counts' challenge

    Did you get the email from the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Larry O. Spencer, about Airmen Powered by Innovation? Check it out! The Air Force is looking for Airmen of all ranks to find ways we can cut costs, and, as our Vice Chief says, "better fly, fight and win."While finding cost-saving and innovative ways of doing things has been part of
  • ‘Do to others…’

    If you have been following the news recently, you might have read or heard the stories of Audrie Pott - a 15-year-old California girl who was allegedly raped by three fellow high school students last September - and Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old from Nova Scotia who was also allegedly sexually assaulted in November 2011. These sad stories
  • Reflections from the outgoing SARC

    If you weren't aware, April is a busy month for increasing our awareness of serious social issues - National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Alcohol Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As I considered how all these serious social ills bleed into each other, I contemplated this quote by inspirational speaker and author, Ogwo David
  • Even though I work in safety...

    Editor's note: This commentary first appeared in the Winter 2012 Air Scoop magazine, a publication of the United States Air Forces Europe Safety office.   Do you plan to have a mishap when performing your daily activities? I sure don't have that talent or clairvoyance... do you? That is why I not only work in safety, I live it.One sunny morning I
  • Sequestration is a big deal, so are you

    As you know, budget cuts went into effect March 1. Across the command we took action to help manage the impact and to prepare for a worst-case scenario. We are in the process of cutting non-mission critical travel, base maintenance contracts, and facility projects, and we are anticipating steep cuts to our flying hour program. Other potential cuts