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Col. Lovell speaks to CGOC

Posted 6/24/2010   Updated 6/24/2010 Email story   Print story


by Peter Blackburn
66th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

6/24/2010 - HANSCOM AFB, Mass. -- Col. James Lovell, 551st Electronic Systems Wing acting commander, spoke to the Company Grade Officers Council (CGOC) last Thursday afternoon in the Patriot Lounge at the Minuteman Club.

Colonel Lovell met with the CGOC in order to provide mentorship and advice to the officers before he leaves Hanscom on June 28 for a new assignment at the Pentagon, where he will become the deputy director for Global Power Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.

The colonel had three main points of advice to offer the officers of the GCOC during his speech. His first suggestion was that they take every opportunity they have to lead. He stated that most of the young Airmen would have few chances to lead a group of people, so they need to get as much experience as possible to grow as a leader, even if just during small events.

His second piece of advice was for the officers to establish and maintain great ethical conduct. This means keeping a positive work attitude and not polluting the workplace, even during hard times. He urged the men and women to be honest with all of their co-workers and superiors, especially with how progress is going with their work.
Colonel Lovell's final suggestion, which he stressed as his most important piece, was for each individual to take 30 minutes at the end of each week and schedule an improvement to make for their organization or squad. After planning the improvement go out and do it, even if it's just a small fix, and don't tell anyone about it. He said there is no need to tell anyone or brag because colleagues will begin to notice and recognize the individual's efforts.

Colonel Lovell recommended that the group plan more activities and get-togethers to boost morale and teamwork, as well as to just have fun. Several CGOC members were eager to take his advice.

"I thought he had some really cool things to say about improvements and how to increase the quality of your organization and the quality of the work environment," said 2nd Lt. Ryan Cwynar, a CGO in attendance.

"I think his advice to take up new leadership opportunities and to improve with new activities was great. He's a great commander and all of us in the CGOC can learn a lot from him," said 2nd Lt. Patrick Gernert, A CGO who was also in attendance.

The main goals of the CGOC are to promote the professional development of Company Grade Officers by increasing the availability of opportunities for enhanced career and personal development, promote esprit de corps among officers, provide an organizational structure for communication among CGOs by sharing plans, ideas and lessons learned to promote the whole person concept. They also work to identify issues affecting CGOs and provide that information to Hanscom leadership.

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