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  • Airmen Focus: A 'Leader' in every sense of the word

    Our people are our greatest asset; it underpins why we are the greatest Air Force in the world. How do I know? It's people like Senior Airman Andrew Guajardo.Airman Guajardo, or Airman G, as most folks call him, is an Airfield Management Shift Lead assigned to the 45th Operations Support Squadron.

  • The Silent Leader

    From very early in my career, back when I was a young Airman, I searched out for opportunities to lead and mentor. I was put in charge of small projects commensurate with my rank, and progressively developed. I had supervisors who encouraged this desire and always set me up for success. However, I

  • What is Passover?

    The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. (Begins sundown March 25 - April 2, 2013) It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover,

  • Leadership: Start by caring for your people

    For years when I thought of leadership, the first thing that came to mind was that cluttered, situational leadership chart they show us in Professional Military Education. You know, the one with the inverted bell that tries to link participating, selling, delegating and telling how receptive the

  • Airmen Focus: Innovation is always around the corner

    In keeping with the tradition of our CSAF, I feel it is important to tell the Air Force story. Our Airmen here at Team Patrick-Cape continue to make us successful every single day. If you haven't heard, the 45th Space Wing recently garnered the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally

  • OPSEC: It's not a job; it's a way of life

    One down, 14 to go!Let's take a moment to echo General Cotton's words last week and say "thanks" to all Team Patrick-Cape members for making the first of 15 launches in 2013 from the Eastern Range a resounding success.Our joint effort in support of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites was a

  • The Essence of 'Followership'

    We've all heard that to be a great leader, we must be a great follower. So what qualities do all great followers have in common? They usually work in the middle of our organizations, want successful careers and have virtues that include restraint, modesty and tenacity. They are not out to change the

  • Keep Your Most Valued Relationships Strong

    If you are like me, Valentine's Day is always a stressful holiday. As children, we worry about whether our decorated bag receives as many cards as others. When lacking a significant romantic partner, the day serves as a painful reminder of that fact. When in a romantic relationship, we worry we will

  • 80/20 Rules

    Many of you are familiar with Pareto's Principle, or the 80/20 Rule. This principle can be applied universally to a number of different situations, but application relating to this article roughly translates to 80% of an organization's personnel challenges are generated by 20% of its people. In

  • New Year...New You?

    The hectic holiday season has passed, and by now you're wondering what to do with all of your post-holiday free time. One option is to go back to your old and comfortable routines of 2012, or you can make it a personal challenge to better yourself this year by achieving new goals. Goals can range