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  • Accelerate change – or lose

    Accelerating the change of the Air Force is only possible if we, as individual Airmen, also accelerate change. We must find the best solutions and best ideas and adopt the best technology has to offer in order to maintain our place as the best Air Force that the world has ever seen. In order to do that, we must continue to offer those who serve the opportunity to become the best they can be through empowerment and encouragement of diversity in thought and decision.
  • The importance of diversity … of experience

    The Air Force continues to drive home the importance of diversity and rightfully so. We all make better decisions by surrounding ourselves with people who don’t look, think and act like we do. We also need to diversify ourselves and get outside of our functionally aligned, operational squadron stovepipes. If diverse teams make better decisions, it should also follow that Airmen with diverse experiences make better decisions and are ultimately better leaders. How can a leader balance the demands of executing the base’s mission and taking care of the Airmen in their unit without the diverse experiences necessary to relate to both?
  • Independence and diversity

    Socrates said, “To find yourself, think for yourself.” To find oneself is to find one’s independence. Independence is our ability to make decisions and live life free from the control or influence of other people. This definition would suggest that independence can be an isolating concept, but in reality, independence can be a valuable and uniting force. For centuries, men and women from around the globe have joined to fight for their right to be valued, heard, respected and equal; to be recognized for their own individuality; and to be independent. Throughout our history and even in our Air Force today, many Airmen feel they have lost their individuality; that they are not seen, heard, valued or respected for who they are; and that they have lost their independence. So how do we fix this?
  • 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.
  • BEDROCK: It only takes a SPARK …

    If pressed, every Airman could likely create a list of “pain points” they suffer in their day-to-day jobs – in other words: things that suck. It could be the hours a day your team spends inventorying thousands of tiny parts that collectively aren’t worth much more than a reflective belt. Maybe you spend your afternoons transferring data between two different spreadsheets or manually transcribing meetings because … Well, it’s always been done that way. Perhaps, your government-issued tablet keeps falling and breaking expensive things. Regardless of the problem, you suspect there’s a better way; BEDROCK – Dover’s SPARK hub – is here to help.
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