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Leadership Perspectives: 50th FSS

Mr. Gabriel Laramie, 50th FSS deputy commander

Mr. Gabriel Laramie, 50th FSS deputy commander

Mr. Gabriel Laramie, 50th FSS deputy commander

Mr. Gabriel Laramie, 50th FSS deputy commander

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE Base, Colo. --

How would you describe your leadership style?

My leadership style is democratic, supportive and customer service based. I strive to be an engaged and involved leader that focuses on and cultivates the strengths of each individual team member. I rely heavily on the expertise of the team and encourage the maximization of contributions from individual functions. Ultimately, the Force Support Squadron is a customer based organization and regardless of your position within the squadron it is essential that you possess a customer service mindset. Our jobs rely on our customers and our goal should be to not only meet but exceed expectations through the establishment and ongoing implementation of new and innovative services.

What was your motivation for joining the Air Force and where did you start your career?

My grandfather was an Air Force pilot and growing up he shared stories of his missions in support of WWII and the Cold War. Based on our conversations, I knew that I wanted to support the Airmen that served to protect our country. As a student at Eastern Washington University, I had an opportunity to take part in an internship with the Air Force at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany. This internship afforded me the opportunity to work with the Force Support Squadron to enhance services and support for the Airmen and launched my career in civil service.

What are your hobbies, past times or skills you might have and what draws you to them?

Growing up in Alaska, I have always enjoyed the outdoors and my hobbies have revolved around getting outside. I spend a lot of my free time trail running, skiing and traveling and am able to enjoy these activities with my wife and two kids. My children have reached an age where they are able to fully participate in outdoor endeavors and it has been a great experience getting to see them grow and develop an appreciation for nature. Moving to Colorado, with all of its amazing outdoor opportunities, has been a wonderful experience.

What aspects of leadership do you find most important?

Leaders need to be approachable, invested and involved. Team members need to trust that they can come to a leader for support and assistance and know that their ideas will be valued and acted on. A leader’s personal investment in a project or program can be contagious and has the ability to provide motivation and direction throughout the team dynamic. Moreover, leaders have the ability to inspire their team though their actions and those leaders that are visible on a daily basis provide a tangible example of this mantra.

What is an action or routine that needs to be done every day?

Understanding that time management is key to success, I have always kept and detailed schedule and established a daily task list.  With the Force Support Squadron, as with many other businesses, there are always unforeseen requirements that arise and it is essential to be able to prioritize and practice sound task management.  I am a visual person that requires a daily written list to stay organized and focused; this allows me to remain on-track to accomplish the goals and mission of the squadron.

What common trait do you think all successful leaders have?

Leaders must possess the ability to inspire.  Regardless, of the project, initiative or task a great leader must be able to create a unified team with a common purpose.  Providing inspiration and direction to the team requires a firm understanding of the organization, individual members and the mission.  True leaders have the ability to inspire, not only through their words, but through their actions effectively garnering the best efforts of their teams.