by Ed Shannon
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
2/26/2014 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- "No
commander will ignore competence ," the commander of the Air Mobility
Command's only Numbered Air Force told the command' s public affairs
professionals, Jan. 30.
Lt. Gen. Darren W. McDew, 18th Air Force commander and former Director
of Public Affairs for the Air Force, shared his perspectives about the
future of the Air Force, the importance of communication, and effective
leadership to more than two dozen participant s during a 45-minute
Defense Connect Online video call.
"You 've got to establish your competence," said McDew, who added that
demonstrating value to leaders represents one of the best ways to do
that. "Sit down at your desk. Think through the boss' problem sets, and
solve them before they even know they need to be solved," he said.
McDew peppered the discussion with personal anecdotes reflecting the
importance of seeking and capitalizing on the opportunities that life
presents. Maj. Michael Meridith, who serves as McDew's public affairs
officer, said the general 's comments reflect a philosophy that places a
premium on "bold, innovative" approaches to life's challenges.
"One of the things that those who participated appreciated - and
something those of us who have the opportunity to work for Lieutenant
General McDew certainly do appreciate - is the broad perspective he
brings," Meridith said. "In him, you have a military leader whose
diverse experiences fuel some really unique ways of looking at a
problem, analyzing it from a lot of different points, and reachin g
innovative solutions that might not ever have occurred to others."
McDew also believes the various challenges faced by today's Air Force
also represent targets of opportunity for Airmen to become actively
engaged in the problem-solving process, he said.