Leadership and Transition Part 2

Part 2 of AFA’s interview with outgoing president General Larry Spencer. He sat down for one final interview about leadership and his 44-year Air Force journey from one stripe to Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He discusses transition during your career whether in the military or as a civilian. General Spencer also covers leadership as it pertains to the climate of the workplace, his experience as a wing commander, as well as mentorship and how mentors can help guide a person through career decisions.

Leadership and Transition Part 1

AFA’s outgoing president General Larry Spencer sat down for one final interview about leadership and his 44-year Air Force journey from one stripe to Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He discusses transition during your career whether in the military or as a civilian. General Spencer also covers leadership as it pertains to the climate of the workplace, his experience as a wing commander, as well as mentorship and how mentors can help guide a person through career decisions.

Multi-Domain Command and Control

The next episode in our Airman for Life Podcast covers multi-domain command and control. The United States has established impressive proficiency in the ISR enterprise across the spectrum of conflict. However, near peer rivals are mastering their own precision strike capabilities, what this means for Airmen across the world and their ability to dominate the C2 battlefield in any conflict is discussed on the podcast.

  • Host, Dr. Rebecca Grant, Director of IRIS Independent Research

  • Maj Gen Larry Stutzriem, USAF, Ret., Director of Research for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

  • Rocky Thurston, Client Executive Vice President for AT&T

  • Lance Spencer, Mission Executive for AT&T

Mobility, 5G, First Net and Smart Solutions for Bases

The next episode in our Airman for Life Podcast covers Mobility and more specifically 5G, FirstNet, and smart solutions for bases. The pace of mobile technology development is greatly impacting how we work, and making the demand for mobile solutions in the work environment even more important. The proliferation of connected devices is never ending so our panel discusses these problems and a few solutions.

  • Host, Dr. Rebecca Grant, Director of IRIS Independent Research

  • Larry Taylor, Assistant Vice President for AT&T

  • Lance Spencer, Mission Executive for AT&T

  • Frank Freeman, Chief Administrative Officer at FirstNet

The National Pilot Shortage

The next episode in AFA’s Airman for Life Podcast covers the National Pilot Shortage. Both the Air Force and the airlines are facing a crisis when it comes to having enough pilots. Our panel touches on the factors that led to the shortage and some solutions for consideration.

  • Host: Vago Muradian,  Editor and Host of the Defense and Aerospace Report

  • Keith Zuegel, AFA’s Senior Director for Government Relations

  • Gene Colabatistto, Group President of CAE’s Defence & Security Group

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Network As A Service

AFA's newest podcast episode discusses network as a service and what that means for the Air Force. 

  • Host: Vago Muradian,  Editor and Host of the Defense and Aerospace Report
  • Rocky Thurston, Client Executive Vice President for AT&T
  • Lance Spencer, Mission Executive, AT&T
  • Bernie Skoch, National Commissioner, CyberPatriot
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The network that the Air Force uses is an important component to the Air Force mission. The network exists as an enabler for every weapons system. The podcast discusses how the Air Force can use networks to complete its missions in every domain. 

Work Life Balance

AFA's President Gen Larry Spencer, USAF Ret. shares his advice on work life balance on the next episode of AFA's Airman for Life podcast. Gen Spencer discusses how it is important to decide what your priorities are and that will help you decide what your focus needs to be.

How to Best Answer Popular Interview Questions

Now that you’ve heard some of our tips to prepare for your interview, Danielle is back to share a few common interview questions and the best ways to answer them when they are inevitably asked.

Danielle says the first question most interviewers will ask is, “Tell me about yourself.” For this question, it’s important to have a 30-second elevator pitch ready to go. A 30-second elevator pitch should contain a little bit about who you are, what you do, what you’ve accomplished, and what you’re looking to do. Let interviewers know why you’re there and why you would fit in well for this role.

Next, be ready to answer situational questions. Think of a few examples of times you showed great initiative, solved a problem, or accomplished goals and tasks. For those transitioning from the military, know that a lot of your responsibilities and duties transfer very well into civilian roles.

For example, if you supervised Airmen in your unit, that experience directly correlates to managing colleagues and excelling in a team-based environment. Also be sure to mention if you have experience in project management, working on budgets, or creating reports as these skills are all very valuable to your prospective employer.

Lastly, Danielle suggests having an answer prepared for the question, “Where do you see yourself in the future?” For this question, answer with any professional goals you have on the horizon. Whether you’re planning on pursuing a degree or completing a certification, now is a great time to mention how you see yourself improving and growing professionally.

AFA’s new jobs board can connect you with thousands of employers seeking applicants for a wide variety of available positions. Start your career search now at www.afa.org/jobs.

Leadership Advice for Airmen

AFA's President Gen Larry Spencer, USAF Ret. shares his leadership advice on this next episode of AFA's Airman for Life podcast. Gen Spencer discusses the following topics on the podcast:

  • Transitioning from the Air Force to the civilian world
  • How to build and sustain relationships with fellow Airmen who may be separating from the Air Force
  • How the Air Force's core values continue to be key on the civilian side too
  • Advice on promotion within the Air Force,
  • Advice to young and mid grade Airmen on mentorship and being a mentee
  • The importance of diversity to build a stronger leadership team

The podcast is 24 minutes and well worth your time to take a listen.