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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Develop a study plan that works for you

Editor's Note:  Excellent advice for any promotional process.

By Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Edem, 51st Maintenance Group superintendent

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) -- The weighted airman promotion season is back; chief master sergeant promotion testing period has just ended while senior master sergeant, master sergeant, technical sergeant, and staff sergeant cycles are fast approaching.

My message, if you don't read any further, is to study for promotion -- I mean really study for your promotion.

For our enlisted force, this is one thing that always amazes me; many people just don't study for their Promotion Fitness Exam and Specialty Knowledge Test. If you observe the average scores for these tests over the years, the majority hover somewhere around a 55 to 65 percent.

The one thing I have always had in my favor with regards to promotion is that my peers did not always study, so I thought to myself, why not use this to my advantage? The strange part about it is that when asking those not selected for promotion if they studied, most will say they did. However, when you really peel it back, what they actually did is just read the Professional Development Guide, orPDG, or glance over their Career Development Course, or CDC, a few times.

In most cases, this method of "study" in preparation for any assessment or examination will not be very successful. Being fully prepared and ready requires more time than just a glance over; you must digest and absorb the PDG, CDC material and any other career field requirements to do well.

For me it is best to know the material and know how it applies. After 26 years I still reference those books to remain well-versed in my job and as an Air Force professional. Find the method that works for you and stick to it.

A first step in the right direction may be to set a goal and develop a plan to tackle it in a way that helps you retain the most information and understanding. Things like making flash cards, notes, using audio aids, setting study time/duration and/or changing venue (home, library, community center) may assist you in staying focused and on course.

Just reading through the books provided will not get it done. Most of all, you have to commit yourself; this can even be a family commitment for some.

Personally, every time I prepared for an exam, my wife and children didn't see much of me, especially at night or on weekends. My family understood that in order to put a study plan into action and effectively achieve a goal, I needed to isolate myself in a separate room, or go to the base library.

To be entirely prepared you must be prompt and reliable with honesty to yourself in planning, scheduling and execution. Additionally, total commitment to the mission and your job while simultaneously taking advantage of this systematic developmental opportunity will go a long way towards ensuring success.

So think about it, do you want to get promoted, expand your level of leadership and accept more responsibility? If so, it starts with a real study plan, one that works for you … and staying devoted to it.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tinker epitomized Native American strength, leadership

By Randy Roughton, Air Force News Service / Published November 21, 2013

 PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AFNS) --The nation’s highest-ranking Native American general didn’t have to be on the ill-fated mission in the Pacific that took his life in 1942. The question of why he was always intrigued Dr. James L. Crowder, a historian and author of “Osage General: Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker.”

 So he once asked the question while talking to members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.

“We were having a meeting about Osages who served in the military, and I asked them, ‘Why would he do that?’” Crowder said. “All of the key documents from that time showed he didn’t have to be on that mission. They said an Osage leader is never at the back of his band of warriors.”

Tinker, a one-eighth Osage, grew up on the reservation in Pawhuska, Okla. George Edward Tinker, his father, started Osage County’s first newspaper, the Wah-Sha-She News. Even after Tinker became a general, he sometimes called home to talk to his father, just so he could hear his native language.

“So General Tinker was always proud of his Indian heritage,” Crowder said. “In 1906, when they turned the tribe lands into individual holdings after oil was discovered in the Osage Nation, the Osage became the richest tribe in American history. As an alumni member at 19 years of age, General Tinker became quite well-to-do and had a lot more money than many of the officers he served with. He was not one to show off his wealth, although he did like to show off. He was known for coming in the MacDill (Air Force Base, Fla.) officer’s club on a mule with full Indian headdress for the Army-Navy football game. He liked to be the center of attention, yet he was kind of a quiet person, too.”

Crowder describes the general as 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds, with extremely long sideburns he was always proud of.
“(Gen. Henry H.) Hap Arnold told him several times, ‘Get those sideburns shaved,’” Crowder said. “He would, as long as Hap Arnold was around. But then he would just grow them back out.”

Early in his military career, Tinker served with the 25th Infantry Division, originally in Spokane, Wash., and later moved with the division to Hawaii. In 1919, Tinker took an interest in flying, earned his pilot’s license and entered the Army Air Service in 1922. Five years later, he was named the commandant of the Air Service Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field in San Antonio, and later commanded several pursuit and bomber units. In 1940, he pinned on his first star, and, after Pearl Harbor, was named commander of the Army Air Corps’ Hawaiian Air Force, which became the 7th Air Force in February 1942, with Tinker as its first commander. He was promoted to major general a month earlier, just six months before he disappeared over the Pacific. In its announcement of Tinker’s appointment as Hawaiian Air Force commander, Time magazine described Tinker as “a spit-and-polish, sky-ripping flight officer part Osage Indian, flyer since 1920.”

When Tinker assumed command of the Hawaiian Air Force, his father reassured friends in the corner drugstore in Pawhuska, “You can go home and sleep peacefully now. The Tinkers have got the situation well in hand,” he said, according to an article in The Milwaukee Journal on Feb. 14, 1942.

Before Dec. 7, 1941, Tinker warned that the Japanese were the biggest threat instead of Germany, and he thought the Air Force would be the major factor during World War II. He also believed that a long-range attack against Japan would be the key to war in the Pacific. During the spring of 1942, he considered the Japanese on Wake Island as a threat to Midway and Pearl Harbor. However, he didn’t think the B-17 Flying Fortress could make the 1,300-mile trip so he acquired four Consolidated LB-30 Liberators and prepared for an attack on Japanese forces on the island, Crowder said. Tinker, then commander of the Army
Air Forces Hawaiian Department, died with eight crewmembers when their B-24 Liberator disappeared through a formation of clouds over the Pacific Ocean during a long-range mission on Wake Island that he chose to personally lead. He was the first American Army general officer killed in combat during World War II. Oklahoma City Air Depot, the base that had only recently opened, was renamed Tinker Air Force Base.

“His career stretched from the beginning of the Air Force as we know it into World War II,” Crowder said. “He came through that period in the 1930s when the Army Air Corps wasn’t really held in great respect and was very poorly funded. Yet he came through it, and I think he was a very natural pilot.

“The fact that he gave his life in such a dramatic way as commander of the 7th Air Force leading his men, is also important in remembering General Tinker.
“But General Tinker’s favorite thing was working with young Airmen. He thought the key was the young men coming up in the military, and he always tried to give them positive experiences with officers. He was an encourager is a way anybody could remember him.”

Images and items of Tinker and his career can still be found throughout the base that was named for him more than seven decades since he disappeared over the Pacific. There’s a bust of Tinker in the Air Force Sustainment Center Headquarters, and a painting and a display of his awards and medals greet visitors to the Tinker Club.

But the first seeds of his leadership skills were planted in Tinker’s Osage childhood. His portrait hangs in the chiefs room of the Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska, and to this day, the Osage Nation honors him with a song and dance on the final day of their four-day In-lon-shka. The annual celebration emphasizes the culture and values that date back to the 1880s after they moved to their current reservation in Oklahoma. The Tinker family attends each year, with most of the men participating in the dancing.

“We have veteran dances that honor our soldiers,” said Chief John D. Red Eagle, principal chief of the Osage Nation. “My father was a World War II veteran, and we honor him during that time, as our other families honor their soldiers. We talk about when they were in the war because they were very proud to be a part of the military. That’s the way they felt about General Tinker because of his service to the United States as a soldier. It is a big honor to have a song in that dance.”

Master of Motivation works out with Misawa

by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

11/21/2013 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- When the Master of Motivation asked the crowd of about 100 Airmen here if they had ever experienced his creation, nearly every hand shot up in the air. It didn't take long for the remaining few to find out what they were in for.

Misawa Airmen showed up to the base fitness center to workout with Tony Horton, the colorful personality who created P90X, for an hour-long fitness session Nov. 20 that even had the walls sweating by the end of it.

"We got put through the ringer," said Airman 1st Class Camille Van Atta, 35th Fighter Wing Command Post controller, "but it was totally worth it."

Horton came to Misawa as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment tour through Asia, making northern Japan his seventh and final stop before heading back to the U.S. It was Horton's second stop in Misawa, having visited in February of 2011.

P90X is a complete 90-day home fitness system with multiple versions, and Horton led Misawa Airmen through a sneak peak workout from his soon-to-be-released series, P90X3. Horton called it "Brand new, fresh ways to feel the pain."

"It was pretty crazy, I didn't know what to expect," said Senior Airman Joseph Matthews, 35th Security Forces Squadron. "Fitness is important, and being in the military we have a standard to uphold every day. Sometimes that means going above and beyond our limits to get things done."

Horton made the workout more of an experience than a chore, pushing people to get better through encouragement, humor and most importantly, example.

"Tony was something else - he's 55 years old and is working out like he's in his 30s," said Matthews. "He was in better shape than anyone else in the gym."

Horton was raised with a military background, traveling fort to fort while his father served as a tank commander in the U.S. Army.

"I'm a big fan of fighter jets and I'm a big fan of this base," said Horton, who has now visited 44 military installations. "This is the military; I don't have to tell any of you what it means to be intense."

Van Atta said she thought about skipping the event because she thought it might be too difficult, but said the interactions with Horton and Airmen made the pain well worth the gain.

"It helped to have someone like [Horton] around to make you want to do things the right way," Van Atta said. "It's not like when you're at home and want to skip out on those last 10 pushups because no one's watching."

Throughout the day, Horton and his team toured the base, took photos with Airmen and signed autographs before and after the workout.

Following the workout, Horton talked with Airmen about fitness and a raffle was held to award one participant a free DVD set of P90X. The winner was Airman 1st Class Jacob Lombardi, 35th Fighter Wing broadcast journalist.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Four guides to success

Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Jon Jefferson
673d Communications Squadron

11/21/2013 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Just like life, a military career is a journey. As we travel down the road of our career and life, we first need to have one or more destinations in mind. These destinations are the milestones and goals we set for ourselves.

Without something to shoot for, progress is haphazard, slower than it should be, or nonexistent. That can lead to missing out on opportunities, dissatisfaction, or in the worst case an end to our career for not meeting expectations. During my career, my ability to regularly and consistently follow four principles or guides has allowed me to navigate through the challenges to reach many of my professional and life goals.

The four principles are have the right attitude, be better each day, focus on the team, and find a balance

Have the  right attitude
We need to approach each day with desire and effort, and in a positive manner.
Treat your career as more than a job; embrace it as a culture. That means following our military's customs and courtesies, perpetuating its traditions, studying its history, and changing it when needed so it doesn't stagnate.

Honor those who came before you, share with those around you, and leave a stronger legacy for those who will continue on after you. The right attitude will see you through the hard times, magnify the good experiences, and enrich your life as a whole.

Attitude is contagious. The wrong attitude is like a weight around your neck or a dark cloud that stretches out over those around you. It may not lead to failure, but at a minimum, it requires additional effort and time by you and others to overcome it.

On the other hand, the right attitude will attract subordinates, peers, friends, and people who care about you to your side. With their help, you can join your abilities together to achieve and enjoy more, rely on each other when times are tough for either of you, and share in the joy of your or their success.

Be better each day
We each have the opportunity to learn something new every day. The key is to take advantage of this opportunity.

I'm not talking about taking a huge leap of knowledge or understanding but smaller, more subtle steps. It may be learning a topic you didn't know before. It may be not repeating a mistake you made yesterday. It may be taking a step outside your comfort zone in order to broaden your experience.

But we need to make small improvements regularly. It's the only way to reach our potential in our current duty position, professional responsibilities, or life. It's the only way to ready ourselves for more responsibility whether it comes with the next rank, with becoming a parent, or assuming a new role. And it's the only effective way to prepare ourselves to be able to manage the unexpected.

The long journey to success begins with a single step. And each step you take should be a purposeful one of gaining knowledge and experience.

Focus on the team
In our military careers, and I'd argue in our lives in general, true success comes not from individual achievement, but from what we accomplish together. It doesn't mean much if you succeed, but your co-workers, section, organization, or family struggles or fails to deliver. Instead of keeping your expertise to yourself so you're the only "go-to" guy or gal, share your strengths with others to widely spread your knowledge and abilities. We can all benefit from sharing with one another the tools and things that work for us.

While I've come up with a few methods on my own, I've borrowed/stolen many more from the mentors, leaders and peers I've been fortunate enough to meet throughout my career. Because of this, my Airmen benefit not only from my strengths and abilities, but also from those of others as well.

Look for areas in processes, programs, and individuals that can be improved. Be a mentor to your subordinates, a wingman to your peers, an advisor to your leaders, and all of the above to your family.

Be honest with yourself and look within to identify areas needing improvement and then take action. Also, keep in mind that teamwork isn't a one-way street. Ask others for their view. It's always good to get an outside opinion.

Be willing to learn from others to bolster your own weaknesses. Ultimately, the more sharing that occurs, the more successful the "team" can be.

Find a balance
This can be the most challenging of the principles due to the diversity and volume of demands on us. You need to find and maintain a balance in the different facets of your life.
Make sure you devote enough time each to your career, your family, your community, and the one too many often forget about, to yourself.

When looking within, develop yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You need to deposit enough in each internal and external "account" so you're able to make withdrawals when needed. Do it frequently enough so none of the accounts reach a zero balance.

If you're able to make these life deposits, you'll minimize the negative impact that can occur when one particular demand dominates your attention and energy to the exclusion of the others.

Any facet in your professional and personal lives to which you don't properly attend will degrade one or more of the others and ultimately hurt your quality of life and those around you.

I encourage you to adjust your attitude, approach, focus and balance as needed. And I hope you willingly share with others what's helped you to reach your own career and life goals so they can benefit from your experiences. We not only owe it to ourselves; we owe it to our families and our fellow Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians of all ranks. It can be the difference between success and failure in our personal and professional lives.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dempsey Addresses U.S. CEOs on Challenges of Leadership

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013 – Strengthening the standards of the military profession is a critical mission for the armed services, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council here last night.

John Bussey, a Wall Street Journal assistant managing editor, interviewed Dempsey for the event.

Competence and loyalty are two necessary attributes, but the gold standard, Dempsey said, is trust. “You don’t walk out of a forward operating base in Afghanistan unless you have a level of trust in the man or woman to your right and left, your leadership, your medics,” he said.

But responsibility and accountability are important as well, the general told the executives. “There have been missteps recently that we are trying to overcome -- missteps that I attribute to 10 years of frenetic activity -- and I think we forgot a little about how we balance character and competence,” he said.

The chairman stressed that it is not a choice between character and competence, but a blend of the two. “You don’t want a leader in a combat zone who is really a man of great character, but can’t fight his way out of a paper bag,” the general said. “Nor do you want the ultimate warrior god who isn’t a man of character.”

The chairman was loath to compare military and civilian leadership, except in one instance.

“I do think there’s something extraordinary about being given the responsibility for people’s lives,” he said. “That should cause us all pause and put it in perspective. I’ll accept that as part of our uniqueness, which gives us some balance of both physical courage and moral courage that may be unique in our profession.”

The profession of arms has a long and honorable history, Dempsey noted. “We commit ourselves to an uncommon life, and we accept, by becoming a member of the profession, to live to a certain ethos,” he said. “In our case, it is serving the people of the United States and ensuring the common defense -- or, as I like to put it, keeping the country immune from coercion.”

Part of being a leader in a profession is the need to encourage education throughout a career, the general said.

“Other than the medical profession, our continuing education program for leaders in the military is second to none,” he added. “We try to renew our commitment to being part of a profession at various intervals along the way.”

But you are not a profession just because you say you are, the chairman said.

“You have to earn it and re-earn it,” he explained. “And particularly in our relationship with the American people, we have to continue to earn it.”

Speed, Safety, Success Through Leadership

by Lt Gen Darren W. McDew
Commander, 18th Air Force

11/19/2013 - Winter 2013/2014 -- Those of us who have sworn to support and defend our Nation understand that someday we may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice. We accept and understand that responsibility as an acknowledged risk in service to our country. However, that doesn't mean we are allowed to be careless with our lives or those of our fellow Airmen.

This year we've had a series of safety mishaps that have been related to lapses in focus, judgment, and discipline. Some of these mishaps have been fatal. I view this first and foremost as a leadership issue: it demonstrates a lack of focus on risk management, operations safety, training, and standards. We, as leaders, must adjust the focus.

It saddens me to lose any Airman--but especially when it is to a mishap that could have been avoided. We have the power to do better, but it requires a collective commitment to bring about real change. Until then, mishaps will continue with aircraft and equipment needlessly damaged and our fellow Airmen hurt or killed.

Many people will look for solutions by adding new processes, procedures, or instructions. However, the real solution is a time-tested remedy: leadership. If you have a problem with standards--apply more leadership. Have a problem with unit morale? Apply more leadership. Seeing a negative safety trend? Apply more leadership! Leadership is a medicine best applied liberally, regularly, and in person. Be bold in its application.

As leaders, we also understand that we will always face unexpected events, both natural and manmade, that drive a call from our Nation which can only be answered by Mobility Airmen. In responding to that call, we accept some inherent risk; we simply cannot be successful without doing so. In the mobility world, mission success often depends on a rapid response. But that doesn't mean we skip steps or ignore standards. Do the mission right!

We need you to take care of each other. We can't afford for you to become complacent or a statistic. When we lose focus we expose ourselves and our Wingmen to unnecessary risk. The solution to our challenges is simple: give our Air Force the strong leadership it needs. Help us strengthen our culture of excellence. You not only hold the keys but also carry the responsibility to build tomorrow's Air Force and posture it for success.

It is a heavy responsibility ... but it is one that your Wingmen, your leaders, and America is counting on you to exercise well. The implication to all of this is simple: our success depends on bold leaders who aren't afraid to take intelligent risks to make things better.
I'd ask you to consider how your ideas and innovations can positively impact our enterprise. Motivate others to find a better way to do business. I believe to my core that you are the most talented, knowledgeable, and operationally-ready Air Force we've had in our history. It's not the aircraft, money, or infrastructure that makes our Air Force strong--it's you!

No Deaths, No Broken Bones, and No Bent Metal is the Goal for Major General Neubauer

by Kim Brumley
Staff Writer

11/19/2013 - Winter 2013/2014 --

You would think that taking the reigns as Air Force Chief of Safety in the midst of sequestration and after many years of conflict would be a particularly difficult task, but Major General Kurt F. Neubauer assumed the duties of his new role in stride. He said, "I don't think it's more challenging, but certainly recent sequestration and the ops tempo of the last 20 years put a twist on things."

Brilliance in the Basics

"Our leaders are faced with tough decisions in regards to resourcing and prioritization, and have had to make hard choices about which outfits will stay flying and which outfits will be grounded for a period of time due to sequestration," said Neubauer.
"The piece that we haven't really gotten to see yet is the effect on grounded units once they start spinning back up. A certain learning curve has to take place. Even with experienced personnel, skills atrophy. The book knowledge can be very fresh, but the actual execution--the blocking and tackling if you will--those skills need continual practice. An experienced Airman may have a wealth of know-how to fall back on, but recency is key. So there has to be a building block approach, a focus on fundamentals, to rebuild those atrophied skills."

Leading By Example

"There has to be consistent, repeated emphasis on safety at command levels, but also at every leadership level below that," Neubauer continued. "There are the obvious things that we do--following tech data, AFI guidance, and the like--and stuff we can easily avoid, scratch right off the top of the list, like don't drink and drive, wearing seatbelts, don't text while driving--common sense things. But it's leaders who lead by example, who demonstrate a commitment to safety that make the biggest difference. They walk the walk, talk the talk, and our Airmen listen, see, and follow that lead."

Omission or Commission

A majority of mishaps often include human error as a contributing factor. "People make mistakes," Major General Neubauer said. "There rarely is any ill intent, but they are still errors of omission or commission. The hard part is trying to quantify those errors into a human factors category. We try to identify and label, the best that we can, if the error was a decision making issue or a judgment issue. Too often, decision making and judgment have been cited as causal factors in our mishaps. We need to keep pushing that compliance is the key to successful operations, and ensure that's understood at every level: down to the wings, through the groups, the squadrons, and the flights."

Double Checks and Not Second Thoughts

"I would like our folks to remember the phrase double checks and not second thoughts," Neubauer said. "Because again, there are plenty of rules, processes and guidelines for what kind of gear to wear or procedures to follow whether you're riding a motorcycle, operating heavy equipment, or turning wrenches on the flight line. All those rules are written in blood. They are there for a reason. I would just ask our Airmen, all of our Airmen, to be in the habit of double checks and not second thoughts. That little bit of extra effort can make all the difference."

By the Book or Buy the Farm

Emphasizing the need to follow policy and procedure, Neubauer said, "There's a legend in the old days of flying--when an aircraft crashed, they'd say the pilot 'bought the farm'--because if a pilot crashed into a farmer's barn, the pilot paid for it--either financially or with his life or limb. After pilots 'bought the farm,' the mishap was studied to find out what happened and why, and we started codifying those lessons into our flying operations. Those lessons, notes, procedures and techniques are all codified in our books, whatever those books are--could be AFI or tech data or policy guides. The connection between the two is simple: we all need to remember that regardless of what we're doing, it has to be by the book or we buy the farm. This year, I'm asking our commanders to get out there and preach that we all need to be deliberate about doing things by the book."

A Worthy, Achievable Goal to Strive For

What are Major General Neubauer's goals for 2014? "I would like to see no deaths, no broken bones, no bent metal--meaning no preventable deaths, injuries, or mishaps for the year. I know that is a tall order, but it's a worthy, achievable goal for us to strive for."
"There is tension between the pace of operations and how that pace affects the overall health of our Airmen and the fleet--that tension must be watched over carefully, as it can have an effect on safe, effective operations whether they are ground, weapon, space, or aviation."

Major General Neubauer


MAJ GEN KURT F. NEUBAUER is the Air Force Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. He develops, executes, and evaluates all Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention, and nuclear surety programs to preserve combat readiness. Additionally, he directs research to promote safety awareness and mishap prevention, oversees mishap investigations, evaluates corrective actions, and ensures implementation. Finally, he manages, develops, and directs all Air Force safety and risk management courses.

Community Leader Recognized with Spirit of Hope Award

By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013 – The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld today presented John Barnes, leader of Panther Racing, one the oldest continually operating teams in the Indy Racing League, with the Spirit of Hope Award for his on-going efforts to hire veterans.

In addition to earning the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff nomination, Barnes has been repeatedly recognized for great strides in challenging community leaders to support ongoing hiring efforts through Hiring Our Heroes, a group that advocates hiring veterans.

In remarks to The Pentagon Channel, Winnefeld said that in the spirit of the special talent of veteran entertainer Bob Hope, who the award was named for, the decision to nominate Barnes was easy.

“That is what epitomizes John Barnes … a special talent for organization, [a] special platform in the Indy car racing circuit and a special audience that enabled him to … bring to life the opportunity to give a lot of veterans jobs,” Winnefeld said. “There are an awful lot of veterans out there today who are employed because of John Barnes’ direct efforts that connect them with employers across the country.”

The vice chairman commended the selfless service of people who help an all-volunteer military.

“We honor these people because they honor us … [and] make life a little better for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and the Coast Guard,” he said. “I’m immensely proud of John and all the other awardees today for the contributions they’ve made to our wonderful people in military service.”

Don Wiegand, who sculpted the life-size bas-relief of Hope on which the reduced image and mints of The Spirit of Hope art medals are based, read a letter from the actor’s daughter, Linda Hope.

“This award has great meaning for our family as it shows the impact of our father’s legacy of giving back,” Hope wrote. “He was particularly compelled to share his gift of laughter with those men and women who were willing to give their lives for their country.”

Other winners were:

Army – Wayne C. Bard

Marines – Staff Sgt. Jared C. Coons

Navy – Laura Baxter

Air Force – Capt. Matthew C. Addison (deployed)

Coast Guard – James J. Coleman