Serving with Honor – leadership series kickoff

A few weeks ago I had the honor of listening to retired Col. Lee Ellis talk about his experience in POW camps and the leadership lessons he learned along the way. He spoke three different times on Nov. 7th: twice to Airmen on the headquarters drill floor during the day, and once in the evening at the 2015 Dining Out.


I learned a lot about how his horrible experiences led him to recognize great leaders and be a better leader in return. He spoke about the people he was there with, the Morse code (tapping) they used to communicate, some of the torture and struggles he endured, even the laughs he had witnessing the others as they did crazy things such as riding a pretend motorcycle around! But…his speech left me needing to know more. What all happened? How did he go down? What was his day-to-day life like?


There was only one way to find out…read the book myself!


The commanders from around our base are also going to read the book themselves! What does this mean for you? This means monthly overviews on the different chapters of Lee Ellis’ book. Each month a different commander will write his/her thoughts, experiences and/or feelings toward a different chapter.


The new blog forum will be called, “Serving with honor, leadership series.”


You can view the rest of the series under that title…right here on Truax Live!

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About Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode

Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode is a photojournalist for the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin.