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  • 5/6 Council supports junior Airmen, community

    My time as president of the 5/6 Council has come to an end, it has been a wonderful year of learning, growing and becoming a better leader, follower and most importantly, Airman. I am taking this opportunity to share with you, the Airmen of the 50th Space Wing, some of my experiences and lessons learned during the past 12 months.
  • Rapidly evolving satellite command and control requires unique, adaptive leadership

    As we continue to evolve from operating in a benign environment to one that requires us to operate as warfighters in a contested, degraded, and operationally limited environment, we must think, lead and operate differently. According to Air Force Doctrine Document 1, Air Force Basic Doctrine, Organization, and Command, “Execution should be decentralized within a command and control architecture that exploits the ability of front-line decision makers … to make on-scene decisions during complex, rapidly unfolding operations.” In essence, we must empower individuals at all levels to exercise good judgment throughout the execution of mission objectives.
  • The Readiness Imperative

    One of the most significant responsibilities a squadron commander holds is providing ready forces to meet assigned military objectives. I can attest readiness drives many of my decisions for how we organize, train and equip personnel and weapon systems in the 1st Space Operations Squadron. This singular focus is not without reason; warfighting
  • Leadership Perspectives: 50th IG

    1. How would you describe your leadership style?My leadership style is very transparent and in your face. I don’t make decisions without consulting with my team of experts, knowing the final decision is in my hands.2. What was your motivation for joining the Air Force and where did you start your career?My motivation for joining the Air Force was I
  • Establishing Trust

    A couple years ago, a colleague of mine wrote an interesting commentary on leadership. Lt. Col. Raj Agrawal, 20th Space Control Squadron commander, penned, “Trust is the Currency of Leadership,” It’s a short article, and I recommend the quick read.
  • Rentership versus ownership

    Last summer, when I found out I had been selected to become the 50th Network Operations Group superintendent, my wife and I had to make some tough choices. Do I go to Colorado by myself, as I was at Fort Meade, Maryland, and maintain our home in Texas where my wife worked? Or do we sell the house in Texas since both of our sons have moved out with our oldest joining the Air Force (Security Forces) and our youngest starting college at the University of Arizona? Yet another choice would be, do we rent a home in Colorado or buy another home while still waiting to sell our house in Texas?
  • Why I wear the uniform

    The Airman Battle Uniform, otherwise known as ABU’s, is the uniform I and many other Airmen put on every day when we report to duty. To the outside world, it is nothing more than another camouflage uniform worn by a branch of the United States military. However, to anyone who has ever or still puts it on today knows it’s more than just a uniform. It’s a symbol, a symbol I am honored to wear every day.
  • One team ready for ‘19

    The New Year presents the perfect opportunity to take stock of what we have accomplished while setting our sights on what we will do in the coming year. For us here at Schriever, and more specifically the 50th Space Wing, the good news is we do not have a major course correction ahead. Our established mission statement to evolve space and cyberspace warfighting superiority through integrated and innovative operations focuses us on our daily tasks while setting us up to maintain our position as the epicenter of space in the most powerful Air Force the world has known. I have no doubt we will continue to grow and execute beyond even what we expect but I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the great works we completed together in 2018.
  • Airmen must adapt, achieve and learn in order to lead

    As a junior enlisted Airman, I am expected to learn at every given opportunity and to grow as a follower to become a leader.
  • We are lost, even with planning hiking can turn treacherous

    We are lost. I’ve known it for about half an hour but keep telling myself I can get back on track. I’m headed in the right direction. We’ll make it to the parking lot soon.

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