In my 29 years of military service, I have been exposed to several different leadership philosophies and styles from previous leaders and mentors. As I grew to the leader I am today, my leadership philosophy has remained the same. From my years in the enlisted corps to my current status as a field grade officer, the leadership philosophy of passion, purpose and people created the values I believe in, and will continue to guide me in creating a culture of Airmen and civilian development as a squadron commander.
Early in my career, I realized the personnel career field was one that many saw as a thankless job, one where finding the first “P,” passion, could be difficult. Being in a support role does not receive the glitz and glamour of career fields that are closer to the fight. As a personnelist, I was trained to process personnel actions ranging from updating performance reports to processing reassignment actions. These tasks seemed mundane and very monotonous, but I never allowed it to bring my morale down. I was proud of my job and what I was doing, and I developed a passion for it because I knew that what I was doing had a great impact on people’s careers.