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  • Inspire someone

    Welcome back!! I'm thrilled to report that everyone in Team AEDC (minus a few deer) is safely back in the saddle following our Thanksgiving holiday. Trust me, this is no accident, and I applaud everyone's efforts in making this happen. I've been in too many organizations when this wasn't the case, and it's tragic. I'll never forget my freshman year
  • The season to care for others is here

    Just prior to the Thanksgiving weekend, I asked all of our leaders to re-double efforts aimed at ensuring the report I submit to HQ read NSTR (Nothing Significant to Report), and I'm thrilled to report that I was able to do just that. We often pay close attention to the "100 critical days of summer" but with the change in the weather, shorter days,
  • Developing leaders ... the gift that keeps on giving

    If there's one thing I've learned in the two-plus decades I've been on this ride, it's an often overlooked phrase..."Leadership matters." While the debate rages on between the "leaders are born" and "leaders are made" camps, we can't lose sight of the fact that there are practical leadership skills we can learn in a wide variety of settings, and we
  • Never, ever, leave your Wingman!

    "Top Gun" fans remember this line all too well. The scene was epic. "Maverick" and "Goose" had just returned from a mission, when reality struck and they realized that in their haste to score a "victory" they left their wingman vulnerable, and in the end they too fell victim to the "Jester." In the locker room, they get a tongue lashing from their
  • Spring showers ... what are you planting?

    They tell me spring has finally sprung here in middle Tennessee. So now that we've put the shovels and scrapers away for good, it's time to turn our thoughts to the warmer days ahead and the rejuvenation we always look forward to this time of year. Some know this time of year as the beginning of the planting season, and I'm no different. Except I
  • The Year of the Community College is here

    On January 1, 2011, AFMC began our "Year of the Community College of the Air Force" (YoCCAF) campaign. John Buchan, a 20th century writer and politician, once said, "The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already." Therefore, I challenge each of you reap the benefits of formal
  • Passing the Torch…Our Most Important Mission

    Now that most of the boxes are put away, I have made it a point to get acquainted with our great community, and I have been all around interacting with the Arnold Community Council, Chambers of Commerce, school officials, business leaders, and Rotary Clubs.Here on the base, I've greeted a legion of students in our "Minds in Motion" effort, and
  • Remember the real story behind Memorial Day

    More than 1.3 million Americans have fought and died on behalf of our country during the past 233 years. Except for Afghanistan and Iraq, those wars and conflicts have receded into the pages of history books. But our country was not built on history books. It was built on the backs of men and women who believed in the fundamental principles of
  • This is your life, are you who you want to be?

    I will never forget driving home from lunch that Sunday afternoon in Maryville, Tenn., when my parents received a phone call. My mom answered the phone and made the tell-tale gasping noise she only makes when something is wrong and started crying. She hung up the phone and told us my cousin, Daniel, had been killed in Iraq. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel
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