Waldo Waldman

Honoring our Country’s Wingmen on Veteran’s Day

As we celebrate this Veterans Day to honor our country's heroes and pay respect to their service and sacrifice, it's difficult not to get caught up with the emotions and controversy surrounding the recent massacre at Fort Hood Army base in TX. What happened...

From Facebook to Phonebook – How Wingmen Stay Connected

Like many of you, I recently joined the Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn craze and it's been great. I've re-connected with old friends from high school, college, and my fighter pilot days, and I've also met some very interesting people. And yes – like you,...

New Day, New Jet – How to face each day with courage and fly...

The air conditioned briefing room felt as cold as ice as I waited for the arrival of my instructor. I was a bundle of nerves. One more 'busted' check ride would put me one flight away from washing out of Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT)....

Release Brakes: How to Crack the Fear Barrier in a Tough Economy

As I write this article at my favorite Starbucks, I can't help but hear the conversation next to me. A middle-aged woman is having a coffee meeting with a peer discussing job opportunities, the market, and their personal networks. It's obvious that she's lost...

How to Become a Winning Sales ACE and Avoid Getting Shot Down!

If you want to test the true character of a person, see how they respond to adversity. Watch how they handle the pressure of a lost sale, an angry client, or a difficult boss. What do they say? How do they act? What is...

Integrity First: Living the Honor Code in Business

Integrity First. It's core value #1 of the U.S. Air Force... embraced by our leadership, taught in our training programs, and a symbol of the commitment and character of the men and women serving our country. I learned a valuable lesson about the true meaning...

Lift Versus Drag: A Business Leader’s Perspective

So, how do you get a 35,000-pound F-16 jet fighter to fly? It's no easy feat. To overcome the force of gravity, you have to create a force greater than gravity's grasp. That force is lift. As the F-16 blasts through the sky, there is...

Work It Now! How Winners Deal With Adversity

I remember the first time I was deployed to Iraq during Operation Southern Watch. I sat in an intelligence mission briefing with 50 of my fellow fighter pilots (my wingmen) where we were briefed on the multiple threats that scattered the enemy terrain in...

COMMIT COMMIT! Where Discipline Meets Action

December 21, 1998—a brisk winter day in Saudi Arabia. I was stationed on my first combat deployment, flying missions to enforce the Iraqi southern no-fly zone. Inexperienced and quite nervous, I was scheduled to take off on only the fourth combat sortie of my...

The Inner Wingman: Trusting Yourself

Before fighter pilots can fly in combat, they have to demonstrate expertise in tactics, technology, and hands-on flying. Extensive hours of study, simulation and practice missions must be accomplished before they are designated "M/R" – MISSION READY. Simply put, they're not trusted to fly with...

Lose Sight, Lose Fight: How Focused Vision Leads to Victory

We have a saying in the fighter pilot world, "lose sight, lose fight." Lose sight for just a second of the ground or aerial target, and chances are you'll lose the fight (i.e. miss the target or get shot down). It takes intense concentration,...

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