Leadership Stories
  • Remember, Celebrate, Act

    Team Mildenhall, I hope this article finds all of you in good standing personally, professionally, spiritually and financially. Last year was an exciting year for our installation, with another round of sequestration, civilian furloughs and a high operations tempo. I suspect that 2014 promises to bring more of the same, to include the challenges of
  • COMMENTARY: Crediting those 'in the arena'

    "It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort
  • COMMENTARY: Honest feedback is key to performance improvement

    Most people don't fail on purpose. Failure usually stems from one of three reasons: lack of training, lack of resources or lack of guidance. As supervisors, providing guidance is critical to ensure our subordinates' success. Guidance in the form of written feedback is an important technique that is both inexpensive and offers a great return on
  • Past remembered, honored

    Another year has come and gone. For some, the year felt like it took forever; others felt like it flew by. But, no matter how long it felt, did you have time to get it all finished? By "it," I mean those New Year's resolutions. We make them with such conviction and enthusiasm, don't we? As if there were nothing that could stop us from getting them
  • COMMENTARY: Service members: Be proud to serve, stay honor-able

    As if life in the military isn't tough enough, it seems that lately there have been a lot of negative themes being trolled out in front of us; messages that seem to imply in one way or another that we're not doing a great job.I, for one, am not biting on that baited hook.My two cents? Let me quote the 101st Airborne Division's acting commander when
  • COMMENTARY: Tips for holiday survival

    The winter holiday period, now until New Year's Day, is a wonderful time. Usually, people spend quality time with loved ones, celebrate traditions and enjoy being with each other. Conversely, those who have recently joined the military or moved overseas may find the holidays a lonely time. If you will be spending the holidays away from family -
  • COMMENTARY: Keys to success

    As a chief, the question I've been asked the most is, "What does it take to make chief?" Every time I've answered it, my response has been slightly different because there really isn't one secret formula. The only known method is actually pretty straightforward: make staff sergeant, then technical sergeant, then master sergeant, etc. You get the
  • COMMENTARY: High performing organizational behavior

    Since arriving at RAF Mildenhall in June 2013, I am nothing short of amazed by the professionalism and performance level of the Bloody Hundredth and Team Mildenhall. I hear very few complaints from our Airmen, civilians and host nation teammates, so much so that I wonder, "Is there something just under the surface that I am missing?"The metrics and