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Sheepdog Leadership Thought of the Month

Updated: October 22nd, 2021

This week I have been reflecting on "KINDNESS"

I know it's been a while since I sent out the SHEEPDOG Leadership thought of the week. The family and I took some R & R before our PCS to Ramstein, Germany. Although COVID is still around, we saw plenty of Kindness during our move. The highlight was seeing family, friends and of course meeting our Grandson, Yadi! I am sure he is teaching our son patience, but he was teaching this old Sheepdog Kindness. No matter where we went with him, people had to stop and say what a "Sweet" baby he was. He just made people smile.

He's a cute Sheeppuppy!

We have also met so many new Teammates here at Ramstein, and reconnected with a few from previous assignments. I'm looking forward to the accomplishments and challenges that lie ahead with our new FAMILY!

"Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know." - Gen. Colin Powell

Reflect this week on being more kind to each other in the future. Don't just focus on your teammates, but sometimes it is a great feeling to be KIND to strangers. It is in a Sheepdog's nature to be aggressive, but the Sheepdog also has a heart that shows compassion. I attached a quote from General Colin Powell as well that I've reflected on over my career. Being KIND allows your people to come to you in uncomfortable situations. It is always nice to be important, but my parents taught me that is more important to be NICE!

This past week, our nation lost a great leader, General (ret) Colin Powell(12th CJCS). He is a TRUE LEADER that exemplified Kindness.

Let's HONOR this American HERO with 100 Memorial push-ups over the weekend!

Let me know if you have a favorite General Colin Powell quote. :) Honored to serve with all of you! Have a great and safe weekend! HooYah! NFQ! Chief JC

"There are wolves, there are sheep, I am the SHEEPDOG!"

Written by YFFR Military Advisor CMSgt John “JC” Chacon

CMSgt John “JC” Chacon believes in the vision and mission of Yoga For First Responders, as it helps modern day “Warriors” and “Guardians” get through the darkest of times. Chief Chacon has served in the military for 25+ years and has deployed all around the globe, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2010-2011; that is when he lost comrades that were killed in action. In 2014/2015, he battled with depression because of trying to cope with survivor’s remorse, and ever since then he has lived by the motto, “There are wolves, there are sheep, I am the SHEEPDOG!" JC lives to confront the wolf and protect the flock. The wolf comes in many forms, such as the enemy; however, the wolf is also disguised through depression and anxiety. JC is honored to serve with other Sheepdogs that have the courage to share their skills in mindfulness techniques through Yoga skills and meditation.

CMSgt Chacon is currently the Operations Chief for the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron at Kadena Air Base; Okinawa, Japan. Chief Chacon holds a Master of Science Degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and 3 Associate in Applied Science Degrees from the Community College of the Air Force.

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