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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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
I still believe leadership matters. These are tough times we live in for sure, but I'm concerned about what's going on with many of our Airmen today. I've seen Airmen get into trouble with drugs, child pornography, child abuse, assault and battery, DUIs, drunk and disorderly conduct, sexual assault, obstruction of justice, domestic violence, tech order violations and well-below average customs and courtesies. I've seen senior noncommissioned officers who refuse to take their proper leadership role.