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  • Diversity as a force multiplier

    A colleague recently recommended a book to me which is an informative read about creative thinking strategies.  Many of Roger von Oech's concepts in "A Whack on the Side of the Head" are also focused on finding various solutions to difficult or multi-faceted problems.  As I continued through the book, however; I began to think of different
  • Finding balance in the northern tier

    I'm extremely blessed and fortunate to have been given the opportunity to lead the best team this side of anywhere - the Red Dawgs of the 12th Missile Squadron.  I may be a bit biased, but I truly believe it.  The 12th MS is just one of the many squadrons that make up our proud missile wing.  Our mission may not be glamorous, but it is a vital
  • Have a plan, don't drink and drive

    Earlier this year I joined the Airman Against Drunk Driving program. Along with Staff Sgt. Marino-Franco, my job is to contact dispatchers and drivers, ensuring they are prepared to pick up Airmen who have been drinking and bring them home safely. To better improve the program, we have sat through meetings with wing leadership, spoke at First Term
  • Mentorship program strengthens CGOs

    Company grade officers who only have limited interaction with enlisted personnel now may discover later that their growth as leaders has been impeded.Missileers and other career groups here who do not have daily one-on-one interaction with senior noncommissioned officers often feel disadvantaged later in their careers. This finding was reported by
  • The “short version” on leadership

    It would take a lifetime to read all the books there are on leadership. After 26 years of military service and multiple levels of professional military education, I've acquired a large stack of books on the subject. Many of these books hold valuable information that has been useful over the years. But truly all the information can be overwhelming.
  • Being good stewards in an age of consumption and waste

    Stewardship isn't a popular subject these days. Through popular media, television, Internet and the like, most of us are bombarded with daily messages to get as much as we can and spend, spend, spend on bigger houses, bigger cars, and more with no regard for how all these items gets cared for or consumed. Where does being a good steward fit into
  • The power of storytelling--the healing effect

    Do you remember the stories you were told at bedtime as a child? Can you remember one that really inspired you? Did it make you want to become a hero? Storytelling has been a part of my life for years. I grew up in a family where the dinner table was the center stage for hours of storytelling. I can remember sitting around the table listening to my
  • 341st MDG focused on enhancing patient experience

    As the 341st Medical Group leadership began considering goals for the upcoming year, we created a long and important list of things we intend to do. While continuing to deliver high-quality, world-class health care, we also want our facility to be modern and aesthetically pleasing. In discussing what our primary focus would be this year, we kept
  • Making a difference at home, abroad

    When she was only 8 years old, Nicole Roundy, a Utah native, was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Within a year, Nicole lost her right leg above the knee and continued aggressive chemotherapy treatment. Just 10 years after that life-altering diagnosis, she took a deep breath and stepped onto a ski slope for the first time
  • Finding balance in the northern tier

    I'm extremely blessed and fortunate to have been given the opportunity to lead the best team this side of anywhere - the Red Dawgs of the 12th Missile Squadron. I may be a bit biased, but I truly believe it. The 12th MS is just one of the many squadrons that make up our proud missile wing. Our mission may not be glamorous, but it is a vital
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