Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Heirpower! Eight Basic Habits of Exceptionally Powerful Lieutenants

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Heirpower! Eight Basic Habits of Exceptionally Powerful Lieutenants

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Heirpower! Eight Basic Habits of Exceptionally Powerful Lieutenants by CMSgt Bob Vásquez, USAF, retired. Air University Press (http://www .maxwell.af.mil/au/aul/aupress), 131 West Shumacher Avenue, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 36112-5962, 2006, 88 pages, $8.50 (softcover). Available free from http://www.maxwell.af.mil/ au/aul/aupress/Books/Vasquez/vasquez.pdf.

Retired chief master sergeant Bob Vásquez's book Heirpower! is the perfect guide to help new second lieutenants break bad habits so they can become effective officers. Chief Vásquez, who has worked with many lieutenants fresh out of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), officers' training school, and the Air Force Academy, made many observations during his 30 years of service and became very familiar with young officers' flaws. Unsurprisingly then, his very well written book contains numerous useful tips and examples. For instance, in chapter 1 he covers first impressions, recalling how things immediately started off on the wrong foot upon meeting a new lieutenant, whom he describes as "look[ing] terrible" (p. 5) . Even though the lieutenant had the appropriate leadership skills and abilities, the manner in which he presented himself to the chief and those within the organization was unprofessional.

The author constantly surprised me with brilliant analogies. I found myself thinking, "Wow! I never would have thought of it that way! …

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