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In a new book, Aiming Higher: A journey through military aviation leadership, a team of combat proven senior military leaders come together in a bit of a reverse engineering way of writing a book.

What started as a military mentorship mastermind has blossomed into a deeper effort to challenge one another and empower both themselves and others to achieve their true potential.

We are joined by three of the book’s five authors. Col. Kim Campbell is back and she’s brought Col. Chris Stricklin and Lt. Col. Jason Harris for this episode of PICK UP THE SIX Podcast.

The book is out May 17th, with more information available here:

About the authors:

Chris “Elroy” Stricklin, Air Force Colonel (retired), is the award-winning, best-selling co-author of Survivor’s Obligation: Navigating an Intentional Life where he details his ongoing journey in life to survive and thrive through the trauma of an aircraft ejection as an Air Force Thunderbird. He is a highly sought-after motivational keynote speaker and a combat-proven senior military leader, retiring after 23 years of service, which culminated with CEO-level leadership of a 7,000-person strong, $7B worldwide organization. His unique leadership style and skill have afforded him roles as a partner in a Forbes “25 Best small Companies in America” leadership consulting firm with impact across multiple Fortune 500 businesses. He now serves as the founding president of a first-of-its kind talent development and management organization, with leadership presentations and publications before millions of business leaders. Chris and his wife, Terri, have been blessed with four amazing children. Robert “Cujo” Teschner, retired Air Force fighter pilot, is the national bestselling author of Debrief to Win: How America’s Top Guns Practice Accountable Leadership…and How You Can, Too! He is a former F-15C “Eagle” instructor at the prestigious US Air Force Weapons School. He is also a former F-22 “Raptor” fighter squadron commander. Now he serves as the Founder and CEO of VMax Group, a St Louis-based international training company. In this capacity Cujo is a highly sought-after motivational keynote speaker and corporate trainer. His expertise leading high-performance teams enables him to bring high-performance team training into businesses of all shapes and sizes, helping drive buy-in, engagement, and performance. Cujo and his wife, Diane, are blessed to be parents to five beautiful children. Kim “KC” Campbell is a retired Air Force Colonel who served in the Air Force for over 24 years as a fighter pilot and senior military leader. She has flown 1,800 hours in the A-10 Warthog, including more than 100 combat missions protecting troops on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As a senior leader, Kim has led hundreds of Airmen both at home and abroad in deployed locations. Most recently, Kim served as the Director, Center for Character and Leadership Development at the Air Force Academy. Kim is a sought-after keynote speaker, sharing her inspiring story with business and corporate audiences about a life-changing combat experience while weaving in ideas and lessons about leadership, vulnerability, and courage. Kim resides in Colorado with her husband and two sons. Jason Harris, Air Force Reserve Squadron commander and Lieutenant Colonel, is a dynamic thought leader, motivational speaker, military leader, and commercial airline pilot. Jason is an in-demand trust and leadership expert, having done work for the United States Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development as well as being a facilitator for American Airlines, training hundreds of pilots on implicit bias, equity, inclusion, and diversity. He has been featured as a History Channel, PBS, and NOVA documentary host and aviation expert with publications in Forbes, national print media outlets and multiple podcasts recognizing him as an authority on trust, leadership and high-performance teams. Jason and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Colorado with their daughter. Daniel “FuZZ” Walker is a former combat-proven F-22 Raptor Mission Commander and is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Harvard Law School. His academic, combat, and leadership experiences have enabled him to connect with and inspire diverse groups of people across the nation, to include a recent 60 Minutes feature story. Walker will be attending Harvard Law School as a Juris Doctor Candidate in the class of 2024. Daniel and his wife, Kelly, have two amazing children. All profits from the sale of Aiming Higher: A Journey Through Military Aviation Leadership will be donated to the following charities we support:


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