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COMMENTARY TIMES March 27, 2008 Leading from the middle of the pack your actions are consistent, your people will pectations and give them know exactly what to expect when they stepthe tools to succeed. With 309th Missile Maintenance Group the right tools, training and up and do something extraordinary or when they fail to step up. clear guidance on what is ithin every organization there are expected, your people will As a leader it is extremely hard to lead several types of leaders rangstrive to meet your goals; from behind your desk. E-mail, the telephone ing from the informal leaders so take care of your people and teleconferences are great tools, but there (wage-grade employees or airmen) on the and they will take care of is no substitute for face-to-face communicashop floor who find creative ways to better the mission. Additionally, tion. Face-to-face communication builds trust accomplish the mission to the commander/ continue to challenge your and confidence. Your people want to know you, director who sets the organization's goals people; when goals have and if they believe you are sincere and you and objectives. Capt. Thomas been met dont be afraid to care about them they will come to you with For 13 years, I've found myself somewhere "raise the bar" and set new concerns and solutions. I have resolved many in the middle, balancing the needs of those I've goals with higher, but achievable expectations. issues simply by going to the person responbeen entrusted to supervise, and ensuring the sible and discussing it directly with them. As a leader it's important to align your boss's goals and objectives are met in order to Face-to-face dialogue works equally well when position with your boss's position and to be successfully do the job. Over the years, I feel it comes to resolving issues involving agenI've learned a great deal about what it takes to consistent. It is very difficult for mid-level cies outside your organization. A good leader supervisors to enforce a standard or to chart be a successful leader and I'd like to share a builds partnerships both inside and outside a course if they don't know the boss's posifew of what I've found to be universal truths. their organization — this is very hard to do I feel these truths can be applied by all leaders tion. In almost every case, your boss's posifrom behind your desk. from the shop floor to the head of an organiza- tion will be aligned with the Uniform Code of tion, but most importantly by those of us in the Military Justice, public law, Air Force InstrucI've been fortunate enough to serve for and middle of the pack. tions, the Master Labor Agreement and their with some of the finest people this great nation boss's position. Unfortunately, there are many has to offer, and I truly believe that all of us As a leader, your success is measured by areas within every type of guidance that can chose to serve because we believe in somethe accomplishments of your people. One be left up to interpretation. In order to supthing larger than ourselves. It doesn't matter of the hardest things for a newly appointed boss, it's important to discuss these port your if you are called sir or ma'am, mister or miss, supervisor to grasp is that his or her future "gray" areas with him or her and to present an sergeant or airman — each of us leads and success depends on how well his or her folaligned point of view across the board. When contributes to the success of our Air Force. lowers perform. Many people feel they should a decision is made it's important to apply your be judged by their personal performance; as There are many of us who know there is no position consistently. leaders we aren't afforded that luxury. Theregreater challenge in life than to lead. I offer fore, from the beginning leaders must set very this last thought — it may be a great chalAs leaders, we owe it to our people to be high standards and have very high expectalenge to lead, but there is no greater reward consistent when it comes to rewards, perfortions for their people. Our people want to suc- mance reports, decorations and discipline. If than to lead — whether from the shop floor, ceed; therefore we must communicate our ex- your position is aligned with your boss and the top floor or somewhere in the middle! COMMENTARY BY CAPT. WILL THOMAS W-dcK Since W48 Hilltop Times Editorial Staff: Leo Carter... Standard-Examiner publisher Mary Lou Gotny „ Hilltop Times Interim editor Deadlines: Editorial and news Items are due by noon on the Friday prior to the Thursday print date. To submit news items e-mail hilltoptimesestandard.net or call 629-4273. For Claisif ied Advertising, call 625-4300. FprRetall Advertising, can 625-4388. . .' ,v. The Hilltop Times is pub-'; lished by Ogden Publishing ; Corporation, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force, under, and in compliance with, a Memorandum of Understanding with Hill Air Force Base. The content of the Hilltop Times does not neccessarily represent the views of, nor is it endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Air Force or Hill Air Force Base (collectively, the Government). The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Government of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Standard-Examiner's Davis County Office, 67 S. Main St., Suite 140, Layton, Utah, 84040: Additional editorial content is provided by various military and civilian wire services and Hill Air Force Base public affairs departments. Call 625-4273 with story ideas or comments, or send e-mail to Interim Editor Mary Lou Gorny at email@example.com. Call 625-4300 for Classified Advertising or 625-4388 for Retail Advertising. W 777-7000 firstname.lastname@example.org Why doesn't Hill AFB operate a shuttle bus system that makes regularly scheduled trips around the base? Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, we are unable to operate a shuttle bus system around Hill AFB for two reasons. First, primarily due to budget constraints, we simply don't have the funds necessary to cover the labor and fuel costs of operating a bus service for the entire base. Second, the Vehicle Operations career field is stressed by high deployment operations tempo and under-mannning. Even if there was money to run the buses, we don't have the manpower to provide drivers. Due to these constraints, we are only abe to operate short-term shuttle buses for mass deployments and Operational Readiness Exercises. With that said, there are other viable transportation alternatives for official travel around the base. Examples of these are the base taxi, checking out a "You-Drive-It" (UDI) vehicle or using administrative vehicles assigned to units for official use. Please contact Vehicle Dispatch? 777-1843, for the base taxi service or UDI vehicles and contact your unit's Vehicle Control Officer (VCO)for administrative vehicles. When you call or send an e-mail, your you in answering questions and solving comments will be recorded and staffed problems before calling the Action Line. through the agency responsible for action. This will help me better serve your interPlease give your supervisor and chain of ests. Items of basewide interest will be published in the Hilltop Times. command the opportunity to work with Security Forces 777-5550 24-hr. Crisis Information 777-3056 Services „ „ 777-4134 Base Restaurants .... 777-2043 Retirement/Compensation 777-6142 (civilian) . 5ocal Actions l2-.^.: _.. 777-3516 Erripbyer Relations ..^sL^ 777-7129 The Family Fitness Center in the Hess Fitness Center, Building 520, is a child-friendly site where parents can work out while they watch their children. It includes both a cardio room and a weight room, each with an enclosed play area with TVs and toys for children visible to parents while they work out A teen workout room is also available for youth ages 10-13 that includes a variety of bikes, strength and core training equipment THINK SAFETY HiirsTotal'2008DUIs:ii Hill's Last DUI JO Unit Involved: Alrmin Ayilnst Drinking ind Driving provldt rldts when dsilgnated drivers are univiilibla, Call77?-1W any time lortquest* ride. CO Report suspicious activity via the AFO5I EAGLE EYES program Dial: 777-3056 / 3057/ 3508. Watch - Report - Protect Force Protection is Our Business - Everyone is a Sensor Phone numbers—The base agencies listed can be. contacted directly if you have a complaint or a problem with their services: i Tip Irnm llie Hejlih jnd tV(-Hiie-.i Ccmtr PEAM HILI CO Cxi Military Pay 777-1851 Civilian Pay .".777-6246 Air Force Suggestion 777-6901 Program IG Complaints '. 777-5305 (forappointment)" : "\; - ;• •'•' f IG Complaints ....;..; ......'.777-5361 (after hours) Fraud, Waste or Abuse ,...777-5361 (recording) 75th Medical Group _ 777-4918 Crvfl Engineering 777-1856 Hill Pride Hotline ...._..777-7433 Pubfic Affaire 777-5201 Public Affairs Information 777-9696 Control line MiBtary Housing ; : 777-2963 Maintenance Safety Office - 777-3333 Union L. 777-3257 AFOSI Narcotics Hotline _...,....v ,...,777-1852 Family Assistance Centw_\.... J.., (when activated) Utah woman among those honored for flight A lberta Hunt Nicholson, the first and thus far only woman in the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame, was inducted into the prestigious group in 2001 at the age of 87. She died at her home in Salt Lake City in 2002. Her love of flying began at an early age. She flew for the first time in a Ford Trimotor at age 13. With her degree from the University of Utah, she taught elementary school for three years in Huntsville and Hooper. Nicholson During a summer break she raised the money to complete flying lessons by giving piano lessons. After the United States entered World War II, the Army Air Corps established the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). As Alberta was already an experienced pilot, the military accepted her for training at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas. A marble monument at Sweetwater lists Alberta Hunt Nicholson among the young women who earned their wings there. ^ Charles Wallace, 75th Air Base Wing Plans and Programs Charles Wallace, 75th Air Base Wing Plans and Programs, was the first person to receive an Airmen Committed to Excellence award from Col. Linda Medler since she became the 75th Air Base Wing commander. Wallace received the award due to his commitment to excellence in his many responsibilities including exercise management, war planning and being a classified computer systems manager.