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Gen. Duke Z. Richardson Air Force Materiel Command commander, discusses his leadership philosophy during Agile Patriot 2024 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, July 9, 2024. Agile Patriot provides a professional development opportunity for junior AFMC Airmen and civilians. © Brian Dietrick
The Air Force Materiel Command held the Agile Patriot conference at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to prepare junior uniformed and civilian airmen to meet today's challenges

The Air Force Materiel Command held its annual Agile Patriot conference July 9-11, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, preparing junior uniformed and civilian Airmen to meet today’s challenges.

The event focused on reoptimization for Great Power Competition and the importance of care of mission, self and others.

Gen. Duke Z. Richardson, AFMC Commander, provided opening remarks and addressed a variety of topics including collaboration, his leadership philosophy and tips that helped him become the leader he is today.

“I greatly value the three components that make up AFMC: the uniformed Airmen, civilian Airmen and our contractor support,” Richardson said. “We’re working together in a way that I’ve never seen before to come up with something that’s going to win. We need you to continue working together and executing mission successes for that to happen.”

Richardson shared his thoughts on being a successful leader and offered tips to help Airmen navigate their Air Force journeys.

“I encourage you to start journaling if you don’t already do so,” Richardson said. “Start now, and don’t make it complicated. Write down things that stick with you: ideas, thoughts, quotes, leadership ideas or stories of something that did or didn’t work. Just start writing them down, because in 10 or 15 years, you’ll be up here briefing on how to become a successful leader.”
Day one included presentations on the National Defense Strategy, a world threat overview and challenging leadership scenarios.

“Agile Patriot is a game-changer,” remarked Capt. Sarah Collins, a program participant from the Air Force Research Laboratory. “It immerses us in leadership scenarios that feel incredibly real, allowing us to practice our skills in a way that traditional classroom settings…






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President Joe Biden cheers after awarding NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, at an event marking NATO’s 75th Anniversary, Washington, July 9, 2024. © NATO
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“For 75 years, our nations have grown and prospered behind the NATO shield,” Biden said. “Today, we’re stronger than we’ve ever been.”

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President Joe Biden stands next to other heads of state for a group photograph during an event in Washington marking NATO’s 75th anniversary, July 9, 2024. © NATO



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