VADM James Stockdale, USN (Ret) passed away 13 years ago this month. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for inspirational and ethical leadership as America’s senior POW in Vietnam for nearly eight years. His five timeless lessons of being a Moralist, Jurist, Teacher, Steward and Philosopher live on today. Moralist: Commitment to a personal code of conduct Jurist: Establish guidance which can be implemented in times of adversity Teacher: Set the example of self-discipline, establishing a motivational climate and creating organizational pride Steward: Serve as the standard for personal commitment and loyalty Philosopher: Be able to reason, explain...

As a tribute to the nation’s oldest celebration, Independence Day represents courage, conviction, and commitment to ideals so powerful they still hold true today. On July 4, 1776, fifty-two delegates from thirteen colonies signed the Declaration of Independence to separate from Great Britain. This significant document exhibits how the founding fathers had to take charge and responsibility to do something that had never been done before. Colonial Americans broke away from their mother country and declare themselves free. Every word of the declaration was carefully chosen by the founding fathers on leadership, teamwork, and commitment. The T3 principles align with their...

To celebrate Martha Washington’s June 13 birthday is a great honor. She, a military spouse, understood her vital role to support the success of her husband in peace, crisis, and combat. Long separations from her military husband, Mrs. Washington endured hardship and grief while she remained strong and supportive of her husband’s military mission.  As the nation celebrated it’s first commander and chief, Martha Washington found herself filling in at home and providing comfort to other military wives who found themselves in the same situation. Like her husband, Mrs. Washington was an exemplary leader and showed it through her own teamwork,...

In 2014 I was at the top of my game professionally and personally.  I was a two-star Admiral serving as the Director of Intelligence for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and had recently completed the Honolulu Marathon.  Then I was shockingly diagnosed with Stage IV Bone Marrow Marrow Cancer. ...