What does “KC” stand for?
Kim “KC” Campbell served in the Air Force for 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 where she was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism. You can learn more about KC at www.kim-kc-campbell.com.
KC is an inspiration. Her advice is down to earth and rooted in hard work, and an ethos of constant learning. Her career is a testament to perseverance and courage. She was initially rejected by the Air Force Academy, but she persevered. With the support of her parents, teachers and coaches, she wrote weekly letters reiterating her interest. And, at almost the last minute, the Air Force Academy found a place for her. And I suspect they are glad they did.
KC’s story is one for all of us. It’s about courage, inspiration and a good work ethic. It’s about creating a wingman culture of mutual respect and excellence. Part of that culture of excellence includes intensive debriefs after each mission, looking at the good, the bad, and the ugly and how to improve. Debriefs are something we can integrate into all our lives, Kim explains. And of course we talk about that fateful day when Kim’s A-10 was hit by a missile over Bagdad. This is a story you won’t want to miss.
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“KC” Campbell and The Wingman Culture
When Kim Campbell speaks, you listen. Her voice conveys the confidence of achievement and leadership. Her experience in the military has applications for civilian life too. One of my personal favorites is the debrief. After each mission, rank is left at the door as each element of the mission is reviewed, with the intent of constantly learning and evolving.
Here are some of Kim’s words on courage, fear and change for Bump II subscribers:.
KC Campbell: On A Wingman Culture
“All those hard things made me better at doing hard things.”
“Doubts pushed me harder.”
“As I was coming off that last target pass, I heard a Large explosion in the back of the airplane.”
“I pulled back on the stick and absolutely nothing happened.”
“I thought about the pilots that came before me.”
“I knew all these stories about how they flew the airplane, what worked what didn’t.”
“I remember so many things in that moment. Being aware of how terrible the situation was. Was I going to survive?”
“What’s unique about a fighter squadron, it’s not about the individual its about the team.”
“We want everyone to perform at their best.”