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  • What I learned during the innovation summit

    If you told me there was a class where playing with food could actually be a method to teach problem solving and innovation, I would say, “Well, where in the world do I sign up for that?” Luckily for me, I was granted that opportunity by my leadership in April when I was selected to attend a one week temporary duty assignment to an Innovation Corps
  • We were wrong

    You know what we don’t talk about enough in the military? Sexual assault, sexual violence, and gender discrimination. I am aware that plenty of us think that we absolutely talk about those subjects enough, who might be bored by the countless briefings and presentations on topics that they might consider unrelatable; but they are demonstrably wrong, and are either demonstrating an unawareness of the serious impact that sexual aggression and discrimination have on our military community and its millions of people and countless missions, or they are demonstrating a callous disregard for both.
  • I am a SARC, I am a Survivor

    I am a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC). When I meet someone new, the question of what I do for work inevitably comes up. No one really wants to know, but I can’t avoid it. That face. Right after I say “I am a SARC” I get that look… Awkwardness. Not knowing how to respond. Not knowing what to say next. Because talking about sexual assault is so hard.
  • What I learned at the NCR Joint Service PME seminar

    I was excited to be chosen to attend the joint-service course at the National Defense University, but I admit I wasn't exactly sure what it was I had been selected for. The title of the course doesn't really give much away, “National Capital Region Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Seminar” could be any number of things.
  • Flight 1268 and the Art of Leadership

    One day I will stop being surprised by the unusual times and places life chooses for its leadership lessons, but that day was not last Saturday. I was headed home from TDY, finally boarding my flight after spending eleven hours at DFW … it had been a long day to say the least, and I was ready to get home.I found my seat and quickly got settled. I
  • March Madness

    WARNING! I’m about to talk about sports … maybe the March Madness title gave that away, but maybe you are so into your “League of Legends” game you didn’t notice, or perhaps you’ve been out ‘LARPing’ all day and your helmet hat blocked your view of the top of the page.Whatever the case, you’ve been warned.The 2016 NCAA College Basketball National
  • A Living Room, a Lamp, and a Lesson Learned

    Growing up, my brothers and I were no strangers to getting into mischief. In fact like most closely spaced sets of brothers, we were pretty much Subject Matter Experts in prepubescent hijinks.From Evel Knievel bicycle jumps (banana seat? Yes, please!), to stunt falls from the barn roof (blame that on the summer trip to Universal Studios, Mom!) to
  • Ten ways to be successful

    - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas -- -- I was asked a while ago for a 'top 10 list' of suggestions for Airmen who want a successful career. I finally found time to answer this Airman and I decided I'd do it open letter style. The list is certainly not all inclusive, but you may find it useful. In no particular order, here are 10 ways to be
  • Bridging the 'generation schism' via Bowie

    This week we said goodbye to a music and pop icon. Like many of you, I've been listening to a lot of David Bowie the last couple days. Since I believe you can find leadership lessons wherever you look, I'd like to share with you one of my favorite Bowie lyrics and how I think it applies to taking care of our Airmen and the mission they love.From
  • A New Perspective

    Every year as the leaves start to turn and the air becomes crisp; the anticipation of events to come always sets our blood to boil. It's a wonderful time of year and this year I was lucky enough to spend it with the 16th Intelligence Squadron.My name is Clayton Winspear. I'm from a small town outside of Buffalo, NY, and a relatively new addition to