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  • Commander's Corner: Doors of Opportunity

    I am often asked, “Chief, what was the secret to your many achievements throughout your career?” To which I would respond with, “doors of opportunity,” which is not a secret. Former Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor has been quoted saying that one of the keys to being successful is to take advantage of the opportunities when they come along. This is exactly what I was able to do, and the main reason that I joined the Air Force.
  • Commander's Corner: Memoires from an AF Reserve Commander

    In 1998, the 96th FTS was reactivated at Laughlin AFB as the first Air Force Reserve unit to employ all three pilot training airframes (T-37, T-38, and T-1) as part of an integrated initiative supporting Undergraduate Pilot Training. Today, experienced and seasoned Citizen Airmen from the squadron serve side-by-side with their active duty counterparts instructing students in all three Laughlin airframes: the T-6, T-38 and T-1.
  • Respect, Connect, Correct: A Simple Mantra for Squadron Strength

    In any high-performing organization, especially one dedicated to instruction or training, personal relationships and technical credibility form cornerstones to success. At every unit all-call, and upon meeting any new squadron member, I emphasize a three word mantra aimed to focus efforts on building credibility and strengthening relationships – Respect, Connect, Correct.
  • Commander's Corner: Together...We Are Laughlin

    Hopefully by now you’ve heard me say it. ”We are Laughlin!” Sure, every now and then I get the “Da---Da-Da---Da---Da-Da-Da” (think Farmers Insurance commercial), and I’m okay with that. But more often than that I get a more serious question, “What does it mean?” Or better yet, “So what?” Both are fair questions, and hopefully after hearing what “We are Laughlin” means to me, both will be answered.
  • Importance of Feedback

    The impact of feedback, both positive and negative, should not be underestimated. Every day, I talk to our Airmen – our officers, our enlisted, the hundreds of civilians, and the many family members who call Laughlin home – about their experiences here at the base. Not surprisingly, people have unpleasant experiences from time to time.
  • Commander's corner: Foul-weather leadership

    Perhaps our ability to lead in difficult times is what matters most in command, or in general, leadership. Most people can probably do well in fair weather; you know the type – they show up to work on time, smile, get along with others, and report good metrics when everything is going well. But how do they (how do you) react during those seemingly intractable problems or unexpected crises?
  • Happiness is on purpose, not an accident

    There are several elements to happiness but none more important, by far, than good relationships. In my career as a doctor when people are stripped of all they have and are, on their death beds, it’s all about relationships
  • Instant coffee -- a metaphor for life

    This month, I mark 20 years of service to our beautiful nation of paved roads, unbelievable grocery stores, large movie theaters, awe-inspiring state and national parks, and delicious restaurants and food trucks.
  • Autopilot off, journey on

    While preparing for our upcoming retirement, we’ve had the chance to look back through hundreds of old photos, each with its own memory, its own story. It made us realize how lucky our family has been. Throughout our Air Force journey, we’ve experienced opportunities and adventures that some people can only dream about.
  • Set the standard

    “What should be the vision for the squadron?” This was the question I asked myself while sitting down in a moment of reflection after assuming the command responsibility of the 434th Flying Training Squadron.