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  • Leadership to emulate; lessons from Maj. Gen. Henderson

    As a husband, father, officer and supervisor, I am very aware that there are always people watching. What do they see? Am I approachable? Am I encouraging an atmosphere that allows others to excel and flourish? Do I tear down or promote barriers? How I act, speak, treat others and conduct myself are always influencing others, but is that influence strengthening or hindering the mission and the people? When I am gone, will people want to uphold my legacy? Will my family, team and Air Force be better because of my influence?
  • The Culture We Need

    We often talk about the culture that we want - more accurately - the culture that we need. However, defining that culture is defining the end state. We often gloss over, or even blow off, describing the path to get there....
  • UEIs help Team Whiteman continue on its path of excellence

    The Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone event is upon us. It is time to panic. We need to lock all of our skeletons back into the closet. We need to replace all of our binders with pretty new ones. We need to…wait a minute, what are we talking about? I thought we fixed all of this? If this is your thought, then you would be correct. For those who have come into the Air Force in the last five years, or if this is your first inspection with the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings, then this article is for you.
  • The Art of the Debrief, Part 2

    A few weeks ago, in the July 6 edition of The Warrior, I shared the need to debrief in order to push our organizations to reach their full potential. Now that you appreciate the value of debriefing, I recognize that some of you might have no idea how to do a debrief. This article is for you.
  • The Art of the Debrief, Part 1

    In my humble opinion, there are no better aircrews in the skies than those in the United States military. While others may boast about their talented aviators, there are certain aspects to how our aircrews approach their craft that set them apart. One of the most important aspects is the debrief. The debrief is so vital that countless papers and articles have been written on the topic at the United States Air Force Weapons School. The problem is that debriefing doesn’t just belong in the operations squadron or to flight operations.
  • The cost of tolerance over time

    Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with my wing regarding some issues we’ve had in the last few years that I thought needed to be discussed. I am a believer that we can only get better if we debrief how we do business (which is a topic I’ll expand on in another article). I am not a big fan of punishing everybody for the transgressions of a few. However, I hope that we all can learn a little from this discussion, as I believe we can fail if we let our guard down.
  • Behind a smile; becoming a voice of change

    “People see a smile and think that everything is ok. But a smile doesn’t mean that things are ok.”
  • A simple thank you goes a long way

    In today’s instant gratification world, we are easily disgruntled if something doesn’t happen immediately. Because we are used to our cell phones and social media, we have become less and less inclined to deal with the human element of the mission.
  • The Measure of 'Guard Family'

    "Whatever happened to our Guard Family?"It's certainly a not-uncommon question to hear in our wings or our armories. If you've been in the Guard for more than a minute, you've likely heard someone bemoan the loss of a sense of "Guard Family" that once was uber-essential to the unit.But in order to measure it - to try to see if there has in fact
  • How Whiteman Airmen fit into the global nuclear deterrence mission

    For the last several years, I have come to Whiteman Air Force Base for two days every month and two weeks every summer. However, I've never felt that I am making a difference in the world.I joined the military to be a part of something bigger. I wanted to enlist Sept. 11, 2001. I spoke with an Army recruiter that very day. I wanted to go get the