HeySarge is my philosophically driven alter-ego! He was born 25 years ago when I realized that leadership really mattered if you ever wanted to get anybody else to do anything of significance. In a nut shell, HeySarge believes that great leadership can change the world!
At the beginning of my military career, I relied on my position and authority as a sergeant to get things done. Eventually, I found out that there is a better way to lead. I redefined Leadership to capture its real essence. Next, I developed my hypothesis of duplicative leadership! Shortly thereafter, where ever the United States Air Force sent me, I started finding overwhelming success with Commanders peers and subordinates.
I have been very blessed to work with some of the best leaders in the world. I have also had the opportunity to work with some people that couldn’t lead parachutists to the ground after they jumped out of an airplane. Truth be told, I watched them all, good, bad, or indifferent, like a hawk! I noted effective techniques, processes and procedures and everything that didn’t work as well. All along the way, I developed the “HeySarge Philosophy of Leadership!” Does it work? For the last 10 years of my career, I worked collaboratively with commanders to find sustainable solutions to enlisted leadership challenges for the Air Force. Our success rate was 100%! Now that I have retired from the United States Air Force, after 30 years and at the highest rank allowed by Congress, I am ready to share my uniquely powerful, “HeySarge LeadershipTenants” with the world!
Lead the largest C-130 Loadmaster section assembled since Vietnam to help defeat Iraq
Hand selected to lead USAF enlisted force dedicated to starting the New Iraqi Air Force
Won the most prestigious Leadership Award in the Air Force, the Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award
Enshrined forever in the Smithsonian Institution for the Most Meritorious Air Force Flight of the Year
Honored to be on the best Air Force Military Transport Aircrew of the Year
Honored as the best Air Force Loadmaster of the Year
Earned the Outstanding Unit with Valor Decoration (7 oak leaf clusters)
Earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Earned the Meritorious Unit Award
Twice my Squadron’s were named Squadron of the Year!
Bachelors of Science: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2000
Major: Workforce Education and Development
Associates Degree: Community College of the Air Force, 2000
Major: Instructor of Technology
Associate Degree: Community College of the Air Force, 1994
Major: Aircrew Operations
Graduate Chief Master Sergeant’s Leadership Course, 2009
Graduate Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Course, 2005
Graduate Non-Commissioned Officer Course (Honor Graduate, academic award winner), 1989
Graduate NCO Prep School (Honor Graduate), 1986