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Tag: 436th Airlift Wing
  • Hidden treasure

    Serving in the military is a noble profession; however, it comes with many challenges. One of those challenges is moving to a new community every few years, feeling like a stranger in your own community and struggling to become meaningful amongst “people who grew up together.” I’m here to tell you that the amazing people surrounding Dover AFB continue to welcome our Airmen with open arms. This sentiment truly makes Dover a treasure among Air Force assignments.
  • Challenge yourself … Get uncomfortable

    Team Dover … I hope the lights are back on by the time this prints! You’ve had a roller-coaster of a week, and you’ve earned some time off. Take the time for yourself to do nothing at all ... for a bit. Then, get back at it. Take the time to do what you love. Take the time to better yourself. Take the time to brush up on and hone your skills. Most importantly, take the time to get uncomfortable doing it.
  • What is a "military family"?

    Each November, the president signs a proclamation declaring it as Military Family Month, so as we prepare to enter this family-filled month, I ask myself: What, exactly, is a “military family”? Our family members are right there with us, enduring the hardships military life brings. For this, our families are forever the champions: the glue that keeps us on point, ready to do the nation’s business. It is everyone’s responsibility, whether you are married with children or a single Airman living in the dorms, to ensure our brothers- and sisters-in-arms are taken care of. It’s the military way, and it’s the family thing to do.
  • Balancing operations in congested and contested environments

    Today’s complex security landscape, characterized by an increased rate of technological change and rising great power competition, means the Mobility Air Force (MAF) faces a unique set of challenges. While maintaining the underpinnings of our nation’s power projection is still our critical mission, we find ourselves balancing operations in contested environments with operations in congested environments.
  • Embracing failure

    Henry Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” Failure can be painful at the time, but if you are able to acquire the best resources to help you through it, you may find that failure – and your reaction to it – may teach you some of the greatest lessons.
  • My three 'Ps' of leadership

    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.
  • Looking back: From airman basic to squadron commander

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about how I got here. I’m a simple guy who comes from a simple family. Almost 20 years ago I left home for the first time, to join the Air Force as Airman Basic Stermer. I was joining the Air Force and I hadn’t even seen an airplane until I got on one to go to basic training. Now I’m the commander of an aircraft maintenance squadron, a wingman, a father and a husband. I’d love to tell you it was all part of some plan, something I had crafted in the middle of the night that I could be proud of and follow; no such luck. I wouldn’t say it was accidental either, that would take credit away from those who labored, some at great pain because I was stubborn, to make me better.
  • From me to you, thank you

    Greetings teammates. My family and I can hardly believe two years have gone by since our arrival to Dover. We have truly been blessed to be part of Team Dover, and our local community. It is with heavy hearts for us to say goodbye to each of you.