Leadership: The art of getting to ‘Yes’

May 12, 2016

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Every day, I have the privilege of working with Aerial Porter Airmen and Maintainers generating safe and reliable aircraft for the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings. The business of logistics and maintenance are risky and present many hazards, some even life-threatening. In order to mitigate those threats, as the Maintenance Group commander, I demand and rely on compliance ... period.

You failed ... or did you?

April 7, 2016

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to …” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day.

Airmen: Are you taking care of them?

April 7, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Many years ago, I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back East to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home. After I dropped off my rental car, I hopped on the bus that would take me back to the terminal. It is this exact moment in time that the way I viewed our Airmen changed forever.

Leading the way: A spark to start a fire

November 12, 2015

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.— As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way. Stand tall, but not above everyone else. Do not tell people what to do, show them. Showing them is what leading is all about. When you show them, you are creating that spark.

Wolfenbarger gets fourth star, takes leadership of AFMC


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger became the first female four-star general in the Air Force and assumed the top position of the major command responsible for the technology, acquisition, test and sustainment of the service's current and future weapon systems during ceremonies June 5.

Wolfenbarger took the reins of Air Force Materiel Command from Gen. Donald Hoffman during a change of command held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Prior to the change of command, Wolfenbarger received her fourth star during a promotion ceremony.

Now is the time for bold leadership

April 19, 2012

A week ago I sent an email message titled “Leadership vs. Policy” to command chiefs and career field managers. You may have seen that message, or parts of it, but I’d like to take this opportunity to address it with you directly. 

The theme of the message was that too much arbitrary guidance could prove to be counterproductive. As supervisors, the more leverage we have to deal with situations on a case-by-case basis, the better. 

Junior enlisted Airmen 

7: VERA/VSIP programs offered as efficiencies in DoD sought

December 29, 2011

At the Focus on Defense Symposium held June 15 in the Davis County Events Center, the underlying message was that budget issues were on the minds of leadership.

"Each department (across the Department of Defense) is trying to figure out how they can help themselves," said Scott Reynolds, who works at the Pentagon as deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Logistics. "Right now, there are some major efficiency moves going on."

Commentary: Finest qualities go into making a chief master sergeant

November 3, 2011

I once heard someone say, "If you think you're a leader, take a look behind you. If no one is following -- you're not leading. You're just going for a walk."

Now I don't know who said that, but it sure is true.

Hold the Line: Emotional intelligence

September 15, 2011

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Emotional intelligence, fact-based leadership and fact-based followership are perhaps the most basic techniques that both leaders and followers can use to drive teamwork and superior mission accomplishment. 

AFMC Commander's Log: Setting our AFMC priorities

August 25, 2011

AFMC Warriors,

My leadership philosophy is based on three principles:

No. 1 -- Safely and professionally execute the mission

No. 2 -- Protect, conserve and consume resources under your control as if they were your own

No. 3 -- Positively motivate yourself and others toward continued service in the Air Force

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