Three Special Operations airmen receive Sijan award for leadership

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM.

All three airmen have something in common when it comes to leadership – people are their priority.

Green commanded AFSOC’s largest, manned flying squadron containing AC-130Us.

He also led the integration of seven Emirati special operations forces airframes into coalition operations, according to the award citation.

Green said he is extremely grateful to be honored with this award. He credits his leaders, mentors and family for shaping and supporting him throughout his Air Force career.

“I am speechless and very humbled to be able to lead our airmen, especially in AFSOC,” he said. “This award is a testament to them.”

Communication is central to his leadership style. The airmen have great capabilities to put the commander’s intent in action so long as that intent is conveyed clearly, he said.

“There are many facets to leadership - sometimes you have to be a coach, sometimes a teacher,” Green said. “You have to lead by example, and you have to trust your people.”

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