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  • Enhancing trust transforms organizations

    In my last commentary, I rolled out three individual lines of effort – comprehensive readiness, deliberate talent management and enhancing organizational trust – to align with our strategic priorities. Today, I want to focus on LOE3, enhancing organizational trust.During my most recent trip to Indo-Pacific Command, a Reserve Citizen Airman asked me
  • Air Force celebrates 72nd Birthday

    On this 72nd birthday of our United States Air Force, Chief Olson and I would like to commend you on your hard work over the past year. Once again, we saw momentous accomplishments across this Command. From a Medal of Honor awarded to an AFSOC Airman, to the first combat deployment of our newest weapons system, the AC-130J, this year was truly remarkable.
  • Commander issues Labor Day message

    This weekend we observe the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a national holiday. We honor the commitment and achievements of the American worker, whose dedication contributed significantly to this great Nation’s prosperity. As Citizen Air Commandos, serving in our community as well as our Air Force, you are a vital and vibrant part of what makes
  • Duke Field prepares for "tactical pause"

    The 919th Special Operations Wing will take a “tactical pause” Sunday, Oct. 6, to focus on the health of our Citizen Air Commandos and their families. This Resiliency Tactical Pause will enable us to discuss ways that we can improve our strategies for defeating an adversary that is killing more of our Airmen than any enemy on the planet – suicide.
  • AFSOC in two words: Humble Competence

    As Dawna and I prepare to leave Air Force Special Operations Command, I’ve become a bit reflective as you might imagine given the number of years we’ve served in this command. All of this reflection, however, can be summed up with the following: AFSOC is the finest special operations aviation force in the world...and, it’s because of her people.
  • Vectoring right: What's the big deal?

    Did you get those emails, too?  You know; the ones telling you to complete something called a “DP.” I admit that the first year I saw those emails, I just passed them by. I didn’t know what a development plan was, I didn’t understand why it mattered to me, and I really didn’t have the time to worry about it … so I didn’t. A year later I started
  • Commander shares Memorial Day message

    As we enter into the Memorial Day weekend, I’d like to reflect on this day of remembrance for our fellow Americans who have fallen fighting for our nation. On Memorial Day, Americans will pause to honor the more than one million Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coastguardsmen who gave their lives to secure our freedoms and way of life.
  • Commander's holiday message

    To the Men and Women of Duke & Hurlburt FieldAs we finish this year and look forward to the next one, I want to let the Air Commandos, Citizen Airmen, civilians and families know how much I appreciate your outstanding contributions and commitment to what we do.The key message I want to share with you is what is happening at Duke & Hurlburt Field is
  • Commander's Labor Day message

    Citizen Air Commandos,As the country pays tribute to American workers during the Labor Day weekend, it’s important we also honor the contributions our workforce has made to the peace, prosperity and well being of our nation. For 70 years, American Airmen have been breaking barriers as members of the finest warfighting force on the planet. Citizen
  • Commander's Independence Day message

    Citizen Air Commandos,Two hundred forty-one years ago a group of 56 men who were committed to protecting freedom for the people of this country, took a bold step in laying the groundwork for our democracy. Today, more than 1,300 men and women in the 919th Special Operations Wing continue to put forth tirelesseffort to ensure that freedom is