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    I have concluded that we were put on this earth for a purpose. That purpose is to make it, within our capabilities, a better place in which to live.– General James "Jimmy" DoolittleHeroes of the Air Force Reserve:Like many of you, I watched events unfold in Afghanistan with a flood of emotions. I thought back to Iraq, when a vehicle-borne
  • Knowing Your Why

    Airmen, Wingmen, Warriors, We often are asked to know our “why,” but do we take time out to understand it and put into action?
  • Year of the Airman here at the 908th Airlift Wing

    At the 908th Airlift Wing, the second half of Fiscal Year 20 and all of Fiscal Year 21 have been dedicated to preparing Airmen for the largest deployment in our illustrious history. For far too many Airmen, COVID and deployment preparations got in the way of personal, professional and career development. We are going to correct that in the new FY. FY22 will be the Year of the Airman at the 908th AW. After ensuring the health and well-being of our Airmen and their families, we will dedicate our resources to developing the individual Airman. 
  • Let’s talk Mental Health

    908th Director of Psychological Health, Ms. Amy Kemp-Wellmeier, discusses combating mental health issues during a pandemic.

    On September 11, 2021, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation. Across the world, people will pause and reflect on where they were when they heard the news, or watched events unfold in real time.
  • There is more than one way to be an effective Leader

    In the last edition of the Southern Flyer I spoke about the leadership perspectives from Gen. Brown, Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Chief Master Sgt. Bass, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force. In this edition I would like to give you one of my perspectives on leadership. Always remember that the definition of leadership will vary depending on each individual’s experience and background.
  • Embrace Change ... or Be Left Behind

    In this edition, the boss and I decided to touch on a very complex topic: change. Either you love it, hate it or just try to roll with it. It is a billion dollar industry with books, articles and podcasts all hoping to educate and coach us on how to cope, handle or even lead change. One thing is certain, if you don't embrace it and learn to evolve with the change, you will be left behind.
  • Change ...

    Change is inevitable. Change is uncertain. Change may be uncomfortable. However, it is often necessary because the risks of complacency are too great. In April, the Chief of Staff unveiled the Air Force's new mission statement. These eight words are a mandate to continue our journey as an institution because, as Airmen, we understand that good enough today will inevitably fail in tomorrow's security environment.
  • CSAF Brown & CMSAF Bass share thoughts at Leadership Summit

    Many times in our careers we ask why we don’t get information from the top down or why we only get to see or hear what senior leadership has to say when we see or read in media outlets. I thought I would take a few moments and share with you what I recently learned from Air Force senior leadership. I recently attended a course where the 22nd CSAF, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., and the 19th CMSAF, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, provided attendees a view from their perspective. I would like to share some of that experience with you all.
  • Excellence In All We Do

    A few years ago, the 908th Maintenance Group was led by a dynamic and innovative leader, Col. Cauley von Hoffman. She was generous with her time and graciously mentored myself and another junior Lieutenant Colonel, Ken Ostrat. Brigadier General von Hoffman, who was recently nominated for the rank of Major General, used to say that the 908th Maintenance Group was not only executing their mission with excellence, they were “exporting excellence” to the rest of the wing and beyond.