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  • Lorenz on Leadership: Professional advocacy

    As a service member, I have fought for programs and resources throughout my career. In many cases these battles were a matter of advocacy -- my opportunity to fight for things I believed in. I began facing these challenging moments within days of my entry into military service. As a result, I have come to embrace several principles of professional
  • First Impressions

    We've all heard that first impressions are lasting impressions, and everyone on Maxwell and Gunter makes a contribution to the first impressions that we give to our visitors, community partners and each other. I arrived at Maxwell less than a month ago, and like all newcomers, I'm awash in new experiences; a new house, a new community and a new
  • Sun exposure can lead to skin damage, illness

    Did you know sun exposure causes most of the skin damage that we think of as a normal part of becoming older? There are fibers in skin called elastin. When these fibers are damaged, skin is damaged as well.For example, you become more prone to wrinkles, sagging, dryness, etc. Your skin can also be more easily bruised or scratched.Sun exposure can
  • The Road Ahead: Maintaining professional, personal readiness, efficiency, balance

    To the men and women of the Maxwell-Gunter team and indeed the whole River Region community, my family and I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and hospitality in welcoming us back to the area. From the Airmen at the gate to the Air University commander, we already feel like a part of the family. We look forward to serving with you as we defend
  • Lorenz on Leadership -- The intellectual resource

    Today, we are approaching nine years of sustained combat operations. Many could even argue that our Air Force has been involved in continuous combat operations since the original Gulf War in 1991. Even more challenging, today's combat operations are being conducted while the rest of the nation fights its way through a recession, making resources
  • Service before Self, not Service instead of Self

    This is not your father's military. We are constantly asking more and more from the great men and women that have volunteered their service in the defense of our great country. We ask Airmen to give up freedoms and sacrifice time and energy from family. Actually, we demand it of them. It is part of our culture and is one of our core values. It's
  • Lorenz on Leadership: The Study of Leadership

    Everyone has hobbies. Some people like to work in the yard, while others paint, fish or travel. Hobbies are those things that entertain us when we need an escape, a chance to unwind. For me, I've always found leadership, and its associated principles, to be intriguing - studying leadership is my hobby. I am drawn to leadership for many reasons.
  • Lorenz on Leadership -- Sustaining a wingman culture

    On April 20, a 22-year-old man with a history of violence walked into a bookstore in Wichita Falls, Texas, and started shooting. He wounded four women, then drove to a bar and killed an employee outside before he drove home and took his own life. This tragedy sounds like so many we hear about on the news each and every night. We've almost become
  • Leading Airmen through force management

    The Chief of Staff of the Air Force recently announced that our service must reduce its personnel end strength to meet congressionally-mandated limits. Air Force retention is currently at a 15-year high, which is a testament to the tremendous dedication of our Airmen serving during a time of unprecedented deployments. However, the high retention
  • Passion and Perseverance

    Successful leaders exhibit many different characteristics and qualities. I want to share some thoughts on two important characteristics that have great impact on a person's life: passion and perseverance.Passion. It is an integral part of leadership. Passion defines the type of leader you are and those things in life on which you effortlessly spend