Spencer Stuart interviewed more than a half-dozen CEOs and other C-suite leaders about how their military careers helped them develop into successful leaders in the corporate world.
Read the stories of USAFA grads and their unique challenges of entering the workforce as a military veteran, the unique skills veterans can bring to businesses, and the unique leadership lessons of military life and leadership that top executives everywhere can apply.
"Management is about compliance. Leadership is about inspiring people with a vision. As a leader, you’re trying to create a sense of mission and camaraderie, which goes a very long way toward being successful.”
"You take off your uniform and you’re surrounded by people working on a mission on a very different scale. It took me a little while to get comfortable with a different sense of mission, sense of purpose, sense of pride and affiliation."
"I’ve made a lot of really tough decisions in the last 30 years, but I had no problem owning those. I think that’s something that is unique to military folks. It breeds trust, which allows people to follow you through really tough decisions.”
Cadet-built satellite launches into space
U.S. Air Force Academy cadets celebrated as they watched the launch of the FalconSAT-X satellite from the Department of Astronautics Space Systems Research Center Nov. 11. FalconSAT-X launched from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 mission at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.
The Air Force Academy and USA Track & Field, Colorado, invite graduates to consider becoming USAFA track and field officials. The Academy track and field program has enjoyed terrific success, with dozens of All-America honors, and more conference championships than all other Academy sports combined.
Grads can serve as a volunteer official or could become a USA Track & Field certified official. Certified officials receive a stipend for each competition worked and certification may lead to work at larger meets such as regional and national championships around the country.
Contact Jim Murphy '66 to get started.
GRADS AND CADETS IN THE NEWS
Power trio: Former Falcons reflect on accomplished Air Force backfield
“All along the way, you never saw it coming, but now that I’m in my 50s, I look back at the achievements,” Greg Johnson said. “And it’s just a tremendous source of pride, you know, in being a part of something that you didn’t know was that special at the time.”
Do you know a young USAFA alum who has distinguished himself or herself by obtaining a high level of professional or philanthropic achievement and who possesses high standards of integrity and character that positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the Air Force Academy? If so, here's an award to recognize them.
The Young Alumni Excellence Award is open to U.S. Air Force Academy graduates within 15 years of graduation. The AOG solicits nominations for this prestigious honor each year, and past award winners have excelled in these three areas: military or civilian outstanding performance (professional or philanthropic), demonstrated character and integrity beyond the Academy, a service-before-self attitude that reflects one's efforts in being a leader of character.
ASSOCIATION & FOUNDATION NEWS
The Air Force Academy Fund Calendar tradition continues! Get yours today when you make a gift of any amount to the Air Force Academy Fund.
You are elevating cadets, graduates and your Academy when you donate to the Air Force Academy Fund. Examples of how donations have made an immediate impact in 2023 include $1,000 for every squadron to make SAR improvements, cadet club travel and equipment for the Honor Guard, Air Club, Soaring and many others, heritage projects and much more.
The Association of Graduates and Air Force Academy Foundation have been recognized for excellence in the annual “Best of District VI Awards” competition through the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
We are partnering with Troy Reichert and The Reichert Mortgage Team to present "Use Your Career Starter Loan to Supercharge Your Future" on Jan. 11, 2024. Troy will discuss how to start your property portfolio.
When buying or selling real estate, you need a broker you can trust. Contact Roger Hill '70, a graduate with 44 years of experience, to be your ethical agent.
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