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Commander's Comments, April 2018

BATTLE CREEK AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich --

Team Battle Creek,

I hope you enjoyed a nice break between RSDs and had some time for spring break or to get together with your family and friends.  April drill is busy as always and we have our Wing Dining Out/Military Ball at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo on Saturday night.  The Dining Out/Military Ball starts at 1800 with the program/events beginning at 1830.  The event is designed to build comradery and esprit de corps and should be a lot of fun.  In addition, we will pay special tribute to our great Airmen who have deployed or mobilized over the past 18 months.  We have an excellent guest speaker for the event, a true friend of the 110th, Maj Gen (Ret) Eric Vollmecke.  Look forward to seeing you at the Air Zoo.

I know a lot of you are intimately familiar with AFI 36-2618, otherwise known as the “Little Brown Book.”  I was researching a few topics in the “Little Brown Book” and came across some information in Chapter 5, SNCO responsibilities.  Even though the Chapter is dedicated to SNCO’s, the information is relevant and applicable to all of us (officer and enlisted).  Most important, I think the following key information will help the entire Wing continue to achieve our vision of developing elite Airmen who provide premier mission capability.  Please take some time to review the bullets below and review the areas where you may need to improve. 

(1)    Provide highly effective leadership.  Lead and manage teams while maintaining the highest level of readiness to ensure mission success.

(2)   Translate leaders’ direction into specific tasks and responsibilities their teams can understand and execute.  Further, support and explain leaders’ decisions.

(3)   Demonstrate, inspire, and develop in others an internalized understanding of the Air Force Core Values.

(4)   Help leaders (eg. Your boss or bosses boss) make informed decisions.

(5)   Be an active, visible leader.  Deliberately develop Airmen.

(6)   Epitomize excellence, professionalism, pride and competence, serving as a role model for Airmen to emulate.

(7)   Promote responsible behaviors within all Airmen.  Readily detect and correct unsafe and/or irresponsible behaviors that negatively impact unit or individual readiness.

I would summarize the information above into the following three bullets:  (1) Perform the mission while maintaining a high state of personal readiness; (2) Lead Airmen by inspiring them to perform at their  best; (3) Support your leadership and translate their guidance into actionable tasks and responsibility. 

If you haven’t read the “Little Brown Book” in a while, I encourage you to take some time to read some of the key portions, especially Chapter 5.            

My best to you and your family!