Life in the Wild Blue

    0430: Marines start PT
    0500: Army starts PT
    0930: Air Force commander opens barracks window, yells at Army and Marines to keep it down, shuts window, goes back to sleep …. right?  Wrong.

    That’s because the previous day the Air Force commander…

    1800: Reports to squadron for suiting up
    1830: Begins pre-flight checks
    1900: Waits for clearance from the tower
    2000: Clearance granted
    2010: Take off and head toward destination
    2200: Refuel
    2350: Reach destination
    0115: Clearance to engage granted
    0130: Target destroyed, RTB
    0200: Refuel
    0400: Return to base
    0430: Post Op check
    0500: Debrief
    0700: Return home and sleep
    0930: Wake up after a couple hours of sleep to yell at the Soldiers and Marines whose asses he just saved.

    • 3 years ago

    "Be respected because you’ve earned it and not because your title or rank demands it."

    — Me :-)

    • 4 years ago


    Best part of fall?  Sam Adams Octoberfest :-) booyah!

    • 4 years ago

    Fighter jet fly-by.  Crazy!

    • 4 years ago

    Lesson Learned

    I learned a little something about rediscovering my tolerance today.  I kind of wish it didn’t fade away but the return just serves as a reminder to how easily it can be forgotten.

    Thanks for reminding me.

    • 4 years ago

    "You’re going to have the best make up sex then"

    — Donna (After I explained to her that I took my pants off because I was irked)

    • 4 years ago

    The Fingers of Management

    This is what I’m going to theorize.  Management is like a hand, there are five important traits.

    The pointer finger can be designated for communication.  A manager must be able to effectively communicate ideas and relay other important messages.  We have all experienced the result of poor communication - they lead to missed opportunities and deadlines amongst other things. 

    The middle finger is for feedback.  This is too important to just be a sub-category under communication.  A manager should always provide positive reinforcements while fostering growth.  They should do more than just highlight areas for improvement.  The concept of feedback is lost if the only time you hear from your manager is when you’re screwing up.

    The ring finger is designated for accountability.  A manager must live up to their standards that they set for others.  A hypocritical manager is a poor manager and will lose the trust of their subordinates rapidly should they choose to set a different standard for themselves than they expect of others.

    The pinky finger symbolizes attitude - including ethics. Ethics are behavioral codes and doing what’s right even when no one’s looking and there is no chance of getting caught.  Having a solid moral attitude can benefit the manager’s ability to lead.  Additionally, enthusiastic and energetic managers are also successful because they move their butts and therefore inspire their team to do the same and get the job done efficiently (whatever the job is).  If a manager is stuck in a gloom and doom mood, they aren’t able to empower their teams. 

    Lastly but most importantly, the thumb is designated as the leadership trait.  Just like a hand is practically useless without an opposable thumb, a manger’s most useful characteristic is leadership.  I have always harped about this and it is very fundamentally true - Leaders lead people and managers manage things.  People shouldn’t be managed, they are to be lead.  They should be provided tools to lead and eventually lead to their own success and the greater success of the organization they are a part of.  Consequently, a leader possesses the creatively to use all the other finger-traits and motivate themselves and their teams.

    Finally, always remember to leave the campground better than you found it. 

    • 4 years ago

    "Kids are great. When they get on your nerves you could just stick them in the oven at 350."

    Alexa Torres

    • 4 years ago

    Surprise Military Homecomings

    Amazing video!  The looks on the kids’ faces make what I do SO worth it and rewarding - that somehow an inkling of my daily grind results in someone’s happy homecoming.  Had to share :-)

    • 4 years ago

    Don’t Ask Don’t Tell - ?

    If an individual possesses the characteristics and talent desired by the armed services, then by all means, they should be given the opportunity to become a contributing member of the force.  If they’re fully competent in conducting themselves in the professional manner prescribed by the scores of regulations and doctrines then by all means, let them serve.  If they are able to effectively execute the position and successfully lead others then let them.  Being in the military requires an open mind and a sense of duty - to do what’s needed in order to defend the Constitution we have sworn to defend and do so at all times.  That should be a succinct answer to those sitting on the fence and the naysayers.

    • 4 years ago

    "I have experienced a relentless cognitive dissonance by attempting to adhere to DADT and retain my integrity, and I am retrospectively convinced that I am unable to live up to the Army Values as long as the policy remains in place."

    — Katherine Miller, Cadet, USMA

    • 4 years ago

    Existence of certain military rules explained

    • 4 years ago
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    "We have women in the military but they don’t put us in the front lines, they don’t know if we can fight or if we can kill. I think we can. All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, ‘You see the enemy over there? They say you look fat in those uniforms’."

    Elayne Boosler

    • 4 years ago
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    • 4 years ago

    ""Will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I’m on the camera?" [Referring to Tea Party’s constant inquisition regarding Obama’s birth certificate]"

    — Ken Buck, Republican Senate Candidate (Colorado)

    • 4 years ago