Badges of Honor
Stories of the Head, Heart, and Hand
Through chapters penned by thirteen individual instructors in the U.S. Air Force's Leader Development Course, Badges of Honor weaves together a tapestry of moving narratives that capture the most challenging lessons of each unique career. These distinct and diverse voices offer insights into what successful military leadership requires, lessons learned as often from bad mistakes as from big wins, each culminating in moments of deep personal growth.
Hear from officers and senior NCOs in aviation, weapons systems, support operations, medicine, psychology, deaconry, intelligence, command, maintenance, engineering, public affairs, edu- cation, and more, as they juggle the personal alongside the professional to navigate one of the most sprawling and dynamic organizations in history. For civilians as well as warriors, this collection of stories of triumph and mirth, defeat and tribulation—stories of the head, heart, and hand—will send your spirit soaring like a fighter jet and deliver it safely to the ground.