Journeys Through Leadership

Journeys Through Leadership

Chief Master Sergeant Denny Richardson, hosts in depth conversations with Airmen from all walks of life. Providing a voice to share their stories. Leadership is a journey and this podcast is all about the events, lessons and triumphs that happen along the way.


December 28, 2023 59 mins

Welcome to JTL, where we shine a spotlight on extraordinary individuals making a difference in the local community.  In today's episode, we have the pleasure of featuring a truly inspiring veteran couple, dedicated to serving and enriching the lives of those around them.  Join Joe and Betty Atkinson and I as we delve into their heartwarming journey and discover the impact they've made on our local community.

And ...

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In this special episode of "Family Foundations", we pay tribute to a member of Air National Guard Command Chief Team 13, MSgt Brandon King.  A former OTS Military Training Instructor who attributes his strength, values, and discipline to the unwavering guidance of his mother, Ms. Theresa.  Join us as we delve into the heartwarming journey of a person shaped by maternal love, and discover the profound impact a mother'...

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Absolutely awesome!  In this insightful podcast episode, three distinguished 1st Air Force Chief Master Sergeants share invaluable perspectives on leadership.  Gain firsthand wisdom and lessons learned from their extensive experience as they delve into the essence of effective leadership within the Air Force and beyond.  Whether you're a military enthusiast or a leadership aficionado, this episode offers a compelling explorati...

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October 18, 2023 53 mins

In this episode it was  privilege to sit down with my executive assistant MSgt Tiffany Taylor.  Tiffany is a remarkable individual who not only loves her three children and grandson deeply but is also a survivor of domestic violence.  I hope you enjoy her story and inspiring message of hope and resilience.

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, let's stand together to raise our voices against abuse and support...

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In this powerful episode, I sit down with TSgt Emilio Bermonty, a true testament to resilience.  He shares his harrowing journey of surviving a devastating hurricane to becoming a valued member of the Air National Guard.  But this story isn't just about one man's story; it's about the unwavering support of his incredible wife, Angelica, who stands firmly by his side through any and every thing!

I hope you en...

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Exciting News!  This episode features our first member from 1st Air Force, SMSgt Alejandro Velez.

Senior Velez is a remarkable individual whose journey embodies the essence of resilience.  From overcoming challenges to achieving remarkable feats, his story is an inspiration to us all.  Get ready to be inspired and empowered by his incredible journey of perseverance and triumph.  Stay tuned for an episode filled with lesson...

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Chief Richardson welcomes Colonel Paul Bishop, commander of the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, New York. 

Col. Bishop explains his path to leadership, beginning as an enlisted Airmen to 35 years later as the commander.

Chief and the colonel discuss leadership styles, and the importance of care, competency, consistency and kindness, why leaders need to hold Airmen accountable and how that leads to an organizat...

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Chief Richardson kicks off season 3 with the first married couple on the podcast.

MSgt Matthew Gleason is a member of the 109th Airlift Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron and his wife, Joni is the founder and CEO of a non-profit that pairs shelter dogs with veterans and first responders and provides a free guided training program for PTSD and mobility service dogs. 

The couple discusses what life is like as a milit...

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March 31, 2023 1 min

The journey continues...

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March 15, 2023 2 mins

Chief Richardson recounts the guests he had during season 2.

Season 3 coming soon!

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January 31, 2023 26 mins

In the final episode of season 2, Chief Richardson travels to the 106th Rescue Wing to interview PJ Samuel Roda.

The two talk about his journey to becoming a PJ and how surrounding yourself with motivated, high achieving people can help you live up to what they believe you can be.

The two also discuss the importance of prioritizing family and Roda shares his thoughts that there are always a lot of opportunities, t...

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December 20, 2022 27 mins

Senior Amn Karlie Foster, a member of the Civil Support Team based at the 109th, joins Chief Richardson to talk about being the top graduate from basic training, how crucial it is to set goals an advice she gives to other Airmen looking to succeed (hint- it includes setting goals and finding mentors!)

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November 28, 2022 43 mins

Chief welcomes MSgt "Oz" to the podcast from the 107th Attack Wing, Niagara, New York. 

They discuss the value of experience and friendship and how the Guard becomes family over time, the challenge of taking care of your people by asking for help and opinions and being open to them.

Why it is important to adapt, adjust and find the good in things even when they don't always work out.

Stay t...

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October 20, 2022 47 mins

Failure is not failing.

This is what Tony German wants others to understand.  

Chief welcomes his first retiree to the podcast, former Adjutant General for New York State, Major General (Ret.) Tony German.

German gives his background, including his failures that led him to the where he is today. Chief and the retired general also discuss the difference between hearing and listening, mentoring and lecturin...

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August 29, 2022 32 mins

Chief Richardson welcomes SSgt Jessica Cruz, N.Y.  ANG  Airman of the Year for 2022 and Air Transportation Specialist at the 109th Airlift Wing.

The pair discuss how to thrive when you have a big personality and the importance that your reputation can have.  She also talks about why she never gives up- even when she knows she might fail. 

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July 28, 2022 25 mins

In this episode, Chief Richardson travels to the 174th Attack Wing Syracuse, New York to talk with SMSgt Christine Wiesen, the Host Aviation Resource Manager for the unit. 

The pair discuss football (Wiesen used to play woman's tackle football!) what is a Chiweenie!? 

How Wiesen came to be in the Air Guard after serving on Active Duty, some book recommendations, what enlisted troops need from leaders (listeni...

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June 30, 2022 29 mins

Chief travels to the 106th Rescue Wing in Long Island to interview TSgt Jacquelyn Fisher, a Communications Specialist who works full-time on State Active Duty.

The pair discuss future plans, rumor control, the importance of family support and resources when serving as a single parent, learning to say "yes" and move beyond your comfort zone and bucket list items!

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June 10, 2022 26 mins

Chief travels to the 107th Attack Wing, Niagara, New York to interview A1C Harry Hartman.
 Hartman is currently a Security Forces Airman who just returned from a deployment in Africa.  He has been selected to be a RPA pilot.

The two discuss why first impressions matter and how  followership and having a character is fundamental to success.

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May 24, 2022 40 mins

In this episode, Command Chief Denny Richardson has  Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead and ANG Command Chief Maurice Williams as guests.

This episode  focuses more on what is expected of senior leaders (empathy, communication, lead by example not exception) and how to define your own career path (educate yourself, utilize your development and be involved in where your career takes you)

There are still plenty ...

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The tables have turned!  Get to know the man behind the mic.

Chief Richardson welcomes back some previous guests to ask him questions.

Learn more about Chief's history, leadership style, and thoughts on what the Air Force could do better.

He also talks about who the biggest influence in his life has been, work life balance and his influence and ideas for developing Airmen throughout their career.

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