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  • Service Before Self

    There is no better affirmation of our Air Force core value 'Service Before Self' than the 129th Rescue Wing's motto, "These things we do, that others may live." During the last UTA, the wing performed a long range over water rescue mission 200 miles off the Pacific Coast, resulting in our 948th save. Such a tremendous feat wouldn't be possible
  • Excellence in all we do

    The pursuit of excellence defines us as Airmen. It is an Air Force core value, and as such, cannot be compromised. When Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen or others go into harm's way to serve and defend the nation, they do so with the knowledge that we will respond and rescue them if they become isolated, injured or missing. This unwavering trust
  • Wing Commander: Work smarter to meet future challenges

    The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, ushered in a new era of wing leadership July 8 by assigning me as 129th Rescue Wing Commander and Lt. Col. Magram as 129th Rescue Wing Vice Commander. Col. Bagdasarian leaves us after an unprecedented seven year term as wing commander. Colonel Magram and I are indebted to him for the leadership
  • News you can really use

    By Saturday afternoon of drill, do you feel overwhelmed with information from meetings and emails? Does your head feel like it's foggy so you consequently consume copious cups of caffeine to cope?(Sorry for the heavy alliteration and infomercial-style lines, but I need to grab your attention.)I talk to people who appear starved for information
  • Leadership and Force Development

    When we talk about leadership in today's Air National Guard, many believe that it has to do with senior management's ability to effectively influence and guide our Airmen into accomplishing the mission. That is only part of it, there is so much more to being an effective leader! AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure states that we must
  • Enlisted Leadership Development

    "Leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes."-Joseph C. Rost, professor of leadership and administrationSchool of Education, University of San DiegoThe influenced relationship with the intent for real change that both officers and enlisted personnel in the United
  • Execution Through Engagement

    As soon as newly enlisted Airmen in the Air National Guard step into their careers, an opportunity unlike any other military service, including the active duty Air Force and its reserves component, is offered.Leadership development begins the moment men and women join the United States Air Force.Along with their enlistment and transition to
  • Pursuing Greatness Through Leadership

    What does greatness look like in leadership, especially during turbulent times of overwhelming chaos and stress throughout the world? As leaders, how do we increase our capacity to pursue greatness through leadership during these times? These are questions that many of our leaders today are trying to answer and many of our leaders of yesterday
  • High Performance Teams

    "E pluribus Unum.""Out of many, one."With a commitment to work together as high performing teams we maximize our strengths and capabilities to rise above any challenge.As an Airman, you are never alone!What must we do as leaders to create an atmosphere where High Performance Teams can develop and flourish? We must first allow for space and time for
  • You don't have to be ONE OF to STAND WITH!

    Hello, my name is Chris Underwood. I'm a 6-foot-2-inch tall, 245-pound Black man. I was born and raised in the small southern town of Chadbourn, North Carolina. My grandmother, a midwife, delivered me on her couch, and I grew up under her tutelage in a Southern Baptist church. What are your names, races, ethnicities, sexes, religions? Ma'am, I see