Leadership Stories
  • AGE Airmen: No airpower without ground power

    Walking onto the flightline, the hum of the generators is all you hear over the conversation between pilots and mechanics. The small battery on wheels powers a 49 ton aircraft and prepares KC-135 Stratotankers to fuel the mission across Europe and Africa.
  • POL: fueling the mission

    RAF MILDENHALL, England – Early every Friday morning, the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oil and lubricant flight gather around their leadership. Whether day shift or night shift, they stand together and recite the Airman’s Creed, line by line, phrase by phrase, emphasizing what it means to be an Airman and strive to maintain the highest standards every day. The responsibility of ensuring the Bloody Hundredth’s fleet of aircraft, ready to provide unrivaled air refueling across Europe and Africa, is no small feat.
  • Two single parents lead household, squadron

    RAF MILDENHALL, England - If it takes a village to raise a child, how can a mom do it on her own while also leading a squadron of more than 100 personnel? Two of RAF Mildenhall’s squadron commanders show how they do it and act as a guiding light for those who think it’s impossible. Leading a squadron of 100 to 550 people at a time can create a collision of priorities; the question is not when will they collide, but how do these leaders surpass the collision?
  • Two stories, one path lead chaplains to RAF Mildenhall

    RAF MILDENHALL, England - Whether it was luck, coincidence or pure fate, two U.S. Air Force Chaplains have been following along the same path unknowingly to meet again years later at the RAF Mildenhall base chapel. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ronald Ragon and Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Wright, 100th Air Refueling Wing chaplains, have shared not only two of the same bases throughout their career, they also shared the same seminary school and a high school that shares similar values to the branch they serve.
  • Reflection, reality: 352nd SOSS chief shares 9/11 memories

    On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the Pennsylvania countryside, resulting in the loss of 3,056 lives. Back then, Chief Master Sgt. Dustin Hall, 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron chief enlisted manager, was a staff sergeant in the 1st Airborne Communication and Control Squadron, based at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was an airborne secure voice operator.
  • Commentary: Pursuing dreams to fly, fight and win

    Have you ever been told you didn't have what it takes while pursuing a goal? Did you believe it?I did. My final year in college, the Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment commander met with each senior to discuss our Air Force future. When asked what I hoped to do, like most of my peers I responded, "I want to be a pilot."I'll never forget the
  • COMMENTARY: Clear is the color of leadership

    Be transparent. Define a clear direction to mission accomplishment and be dedicated to assigned personnel.These traits are essential to a leader's success.The approach and personal leadership traits you choose to implement culminate in a unique style of leadership that will set the tone and ultimately determine your organization's successes - or
  • COMMENTARY: Lessons from building partnerships

    I've often joked that I went to Iraq to fly something more modern than a 50-year-old airplane, that aircraft being the mighty combat Cessna used for Iraqi pilot training.The reality, however, was that I was blessed to work with a nation for a year to help re-ignite its air force following Operation Iraqi Freedom. For that portion of my career, my
  • COMMENTARY: 'Fit to Fight:' It's more than PT

    To some, "Fit to Fight" may mean passing the Air Force Fitness Assessment every six months to a year, but I believe it's much more than that.Physical training is a part of the term "Fit to Fight," and as someone who loves to work out, it's a big part for me. I work out at least five times a week, training not only for my physical test but also for
  • COMMENTARY: Remembering D-Day

    D-Day. The name alone humbles us as we remember the significance of what happened on June 6, 1944. In honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, let us pause for a moment and reflect on the words Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force commander, shared with his Service members just