Author: Emileigh

Book Review: A Higher Standard

A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General Gen. Ann Dunwoody (with Tomago Collins) © 2015, 568 pages (also available in Spanish) When I picked out this book by Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody, I knew it was sure to contain some great information.  I mean, the first female four-star general in America’s history?  Surely she knows stuff.  What I didn’t expect was the wealth of information I gleaned from every single chapter. This book is written by the warrior, for the warrior.  This is no “military lite,” and unless you’ve been in the Army for a few years, you...

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Book Review: It Worked for Me

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership Colin Powell (with Tony Koltz) © 2012, 283 pages I’ll admit, I haven’t read a whole book for fun in a while. However, as I’m gearing up for officer training in March I am feeling increasingly motivated to become an “expert” in my field.  The number one way I’ve heard recommended time and again of how to do this is to read and read a lot.  Reading about topics related to leadership, followership, history, politics, etc. can only help me in becoming the best airman I can be.  Thus, I made...

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Inspiration to Beat the Odds

Sometimes we face things in military life that are bound to be difficult.  We know going into them that it’s going to be hard, it’s going to take its toll, and perhaps many others will tell us that we may not make it through.  Whether it’s a deployment, a dual military marriage, moving our teenagers to another country, or any number of situations we in the military community face… sometimes the odds are just stacked against us. But does that mean we fold?  Of course not.  When we look ahead and see something daunting we need to do, we...

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10 Tips for Attending a COT Graduation

The past couple days the family and I went down to Maxwell Air Force Base to celebrate Jacob’s graduation from Commissioned Officer’s Training, or COT.  This is training for non-line officers like chaplains, medical, and JAG (lawyers).  Jacob will have his own tips for people going through COT when he gets back from the next phase of his training, but for now I’ve got 10 tips for those of you that will be attending your loved one’s COT graduation in the future. 1. Be brave. Particularly for those of you that are not as familiar with military bases, official...

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It’s More Difficult Than I Expected…

Jacob is about to finish his first month of training as a chaplain candidate, the phase of Commissioned Officer Training (COT).  While I’ll wait for him to come back and write his own post about that, I’m here to say our first time of being separated as a married couple was, admittedly, harder than I expected it to be. I went in to this training time feeling equipped and confident about the time apart.  My family lives overseas, so I’m used to goodbyes and being away from loved ones.  I am a strong, independent, black woman (well, that’s what...

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