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  • Commentary: What does accountability look like?

    It was late -- or was it early? Swing shift started at 4 p.m. and it was now 3:30 a.m. We had configured, loaded, and inspected eleven A-10A aircraft overnight: Six with live weapons and five with training munitions for the next day's missions. All 11 would fly in support of either test and evaluation or the Air Force's elite Fighter Weapons
  • Feedback is the foundation

    To build a durable structure, you must start with a solid foundation. The same philosophy applies to developing Air Force members. Honest and fair performance feedback is the foundation our Airmen need. According to AFI 36-2406, Officer and Enlisted Evaluation Systems, "Performance feedback is a private, formal communication a rater uses to tell a
  • Simple steps can reduce energy waste

    Chances are many in the Maxwell-Gunter community have never heard the term "phantom load." The name conjures up some pretty scary ideas. Some call it vampire power, lomo (low mode) power or stand-by power. All these terms refer to the power being used by many appliances even when they are turned off. Appliances like coffee pots, TVs, DVD players
  • Lorenz on Leadership: Ordinary people becoming extraordinary Airmen

    During my 37 years in the Air Force, I have served with many great Airmen. Recently, Air Force officials announced the retirement of five of our very best: Gens. Howie Chandler, Kevin Chilton and Roger Brady as well as Chief Master Sgts. Pam Derrow and Rob Tappana. Each one of these Airmen has selflessly served our nation in positions of great
  • Lorenz on Leadership — Love your people

    I have gained a wealth of knowledge during my career, but one point remains at the top of the list ... love your people. Through Lorenz on Leadership articles and presentations, I have shared countless personal stories. While they always have different themes, one constant is the wonderful examples and lessons from people I have met. Our Airmen are
  • The trial of balancing work and family

    The unfortunate paradox of the workplace is this: People who work the hardest at their jobs are generally rewarded with more work, greater responsibility, more demands on their time and further competition for the precious moments spent with loved ones. This unfortunate paradox of the workplace can lead to some rather peculiar challenges. A famous
  • Lorenz on Leadership -- Love your people

    I have gained a wealth of knowledge during my career, but one point remains at the top of the list ... love your people. Through Lorenz on Leadership articles and presentations, I have shared countless personal stories. While they always have different themes, one constant is the wonderful examples and lessons from people I have met. Our Airmen are
  • Conserving water everyone’s responsibility

    Nothing hits the spot during the dog days of summer like a cold drink of water. Can you imagine a day when you turn on the tap and nothing comes out? The water many of us take for granted could suddenly become scarce. Sounds like a drastic scenario, but more and more, we hear of legal battles to protect access to this precious commodity. Without
  • COMMENTARY: Social media opens up possibilities

    Do you Tweet? Do you have a Facebook account? What about YouTube? Unless you've been living and working under a rock, everyone should know by now that you are allowed to access these sites from a government computer. Now, obviously that doesn't give you license to spend all day at work reading Facebook postings from your friends and family members.
  • Leslie Lorenz on Leadership – Spouse Wingmen

    I recently met two young military wives. I was so happy to meet these bright, young, eager, new spouses as they and their husbands begin an exciting career in our wonderful Air Force. Randolph AFB is the first assignment for one of the couples. They are originally from the northeast and come from families with virtually no military connection.
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