Airmen to be evaluated on how they create positive work environment By Tom Roeder

DeM Banter:  I have been out of the office for a bit... but I did see the CSAF's email.  So we are looking to update our Performance Report system to grade "dignity and respect?"  Let me guess... it will be a Pass or Fail... and everyone will pass.  If you don't --it will nuke your career …

‘Iron Man’-style suit in early stages of development By Army News Service

DeM Banter:  Maybe we need a Tony Stark right about now...???  Not sure he comes with the suit..... http://www.defencetalk.com / View Original / October 21st, 2013 U.S. Special Operations Command wants its operators to be protected with what it informally calls an Iron Man suit, named after the fictional superhero. In September, U.S. Special Operations Command, known as SOCOM, made …

Pat Conroy’s eulogy to Lt. Col. Thomas “The Boo” Nugent Courvoisie & one question

DeM Banter: Reading through Pat Conroy's "My Losing Season," great book....but listening to Mr Conroy talk about "The Boo" made me re-read the eulogy from the Colonel's funeral...if you ever wonder..."did I live a life that mattered?" Col Courvoisie did...the world is indeed a slightly lesser place when I ponder the loss of Col Courvoisie …

The American Boy by Theodore Roosevelt (and the Art of Manliness)

DeM Banter: The Art of Manliness, a stellar blog that has grown into books, a storefront and beyond. I started reading the blog years ago....and introduced Luke to it. As the years go on, Luke asked me if I had continued to read....and I had to admit it slipped from my "crosscheck." Well, it's back... …

Joint Forces Staff College Reading List: Lessons from the Past

View Original DeM Banter: Another great reading list from a historical perspective What is a Hero?: The American Heroes Press Short Story Anthology Hi Tech Criminal Justice More Info The Military Writers 2009 Book of the Year. Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery Nick Popaditch More …

“Papa” Hemingway’s Thoughts on Risk, Writing, and the Discipline of Chasing Dreams…DeMarco Banter

Been going through a Hemingway phase for about the past year or so...some great life and leadership lessons in his autobiography, biographies and stories... below is a few exerpts of Hemingway talking to his friend about going into writing and pursuing dreams… "Papa" (Hemingway's nickname) I wanted to ask you….I know it is hard for …