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  • Leadership perspective

    "How to be a good leader..."How many of you have heard that phrase repeatedly throughout your Air Force careers? I continually search out the answer to this question. Leadership style is one of the most debatable topics in many organizations and academic institutions.Effective leadership is key to any organization's success. Over the decades, there
  • Never underestimate your impact

    Every day I visit our great Airmen and every day I come across more than one that underestimates their impact to the mission.There's the one-stripe maintainer, "just repaneling an aircraft," for the next day's flight, or the young personalist, "just issuing another identification card," or the defender, "just guarding the gate." The list could go
  • Self-Awareness and Humility … two ingredients for success

    Do you ever stop to carefully evaluate how well you've lived up to expectations? I don't mean expectations levied upon you by supervisors, by our Air Force, or a by a friend and or loved one. I mean how well are you living up to the expectations you have of yourself.Presuming that you've taken the time to establish goals, I'd recommend you pause a
  • Importance of balance

    As a squadron commander, my main priority is to make sure the 728th Air Mobility Squadron is trained and ready to execute Air Mobility Command's or Transportation Command's mission requirements. It requires my whole unit to work 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week all year as a cohesive team.Even though we work hard to meet our mission and propel
  • Ramazan

    Starting Thursday, June 18,  you will notice that most of your Turkish friends will stop eating and drinking during day time. Your gardner working in your yard under summer sun and soaked with sweat will refuses to accept any food or drink during day time; don't get upset. That means they are fasting during the holy month of Ramazan.Thursday, more
  • The Military Spouse

    As a military brat, I've had the honor of watching both parents serve more than 50 years between their active duty service. When my mother was a squadron commander, my dad wrote a great article about the importance of the military spouse. The force support squadron is all about family and I couldn't agree more with my dad's assessment. Please enjoy
  • Women In Leadership: Leaning In

    As the only female commander currently assigned here, I'd like to share my thoughts and personal experiences as a woman in a leadership position, as well as offer advice for the up and coming next generation of female leaders. A lot of people don't realize that the presence of women serving in leadership roles is a fairly new concept for the Air
  • Aviate, navigate, communicate

    Aviate, navigate, communicate!  This is the first lesson we are taught in Air Force pilot training.  Does this seem simple?  Yes it does, but when things can go drastically wrong in less than a few seconds this prioritization is ultimately the formula that will save our life, keep the aircraft safe and prevent us from hitting our wingman or the
  • Incirlik: A dynasty of success

    Have you ever wondered how some sports teams have had many years of great success, known as a dynasty? I am reminded of my beloved Huskers, who had a dynasty back in the 90s.  I argue that the same is true for the U.S. Air Force and more specifically Team Incirlik.  So, what is it that makes us successful year in and year out?  It is a simple
  • 728th Air Mobility Squadron: Providing velocity from the front

    If you have watched the news over the last few months you have probably heard of Incirlik Air Base and its close proximity to the world's troubled spots. Incirlik AB is an important base in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's southern region and is also the home of the men and women of 728th Air Mobility Squadron.The 728th AMS is a traditional