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  • Have a Plan, Know Your Limits

    Last week ended with the Pope Special Activities Committee's 21st Annual Golf Tournament, which raised nearly $5,000. PSAC is a great organization that raises $8,000 to $10,000 each year for Pope. The money is used to support things like the Airmen's Appreciation Dinner, Airman and Family Readiness programs, First Sergeant programs, Little Gryphon
  • A Culture of Responsible Choices

    There is a push out there to help our folks make responsible choices. The reason is we have seen a disappointing increase in safety incidents, substance abuse related incidents, assaults and suicides. The Air Force has a significant population of people in the 18 to 24 year old age group -- our "high-risk" group. The Air Force attracts smart, young
  • Have You Improved Your Team's Game Lately?

    Over the past couple of years, I've heard a lot of our senior Air Force leaders use the words, "commitment to excellence" to inspire members to stay dedicated to the standards that define exceptional performance. I must confess, I've used those same words during speeches and discussions with Airmen and civilians. Powerful words that clearly support
  • People are our No. 1 priority

    Our Air Force is undergoing a significant transition under Program Budget Decision 720. This transition will require us to eliminate waste and improve the efficiency of our programs. Through this process, we have to take care of our people in order to continue to provide the world's best combat airlift. To take care of your people, you owe them
  • Ride the Smart Ops Wave

    How many times have you asked or heard the question, "How am I going to be expected to continue to support my current mission requirements when the operations tempo is not decreasing and I am on the verge of potentially losing a significant amount of manpower? I can hardly keep up now!" Then you heard the huge push to stand up Smart Ops and get as
  • NSPS Requires Leadership Involvement

    This week, I had the privilege to get around to each group and meet many of you. I see exactly why General McDew raved about your pride and excellence. I look forward to meeting the rest of you throughout the coming weeks, but I want to share with you a little more about my leadership philosophy. As leaders, we have to take care of our people. This
  • Building a Culture of Responsible Choices

    Our deployment season is again upon us, and I would like to speak to those who are remaining at Pope and to those who are taking over leadership positions. I want to focus on expeditionary leadership at home. When the commander or supervisor leaves, there is a void. It is your responsibility to take care of yourself, your organization, the families