Award-winning leadership approach simple, yet sound

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
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There's nothing fancy about Doug McCulloch's approach to employee relations.

McCulloch has worked at Robins since 1972 and is a supervisor in the F-15 Squadron of the 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group. He gives a simple answer when asked to talk about his approach to leadership.

"When you have the employees' trust and confidence, everything is going to come pretty easy," he said. "But it doesn't necessarily happen overnight."

He was recently recognized with the Foster Leadership in People Award for his contributions to improving labor and management relationships.

He was nominated for the award by Squadron Chief Jim Russell. The citation states McCulloch embodies Robins' "People First" motto "while balancing demanding customer requirements." The citation also credited his "proactive employee involvement," noting team members have won two group and one individual wing, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and Team Robins awards. He also encouraged four employees to enroll in after-hours college classes.

"It's clear Mr. McCulloch cares about the well-being of every member of his team," the citation read. "Mr. McCulloch's hands-on leadership style and personal example laid the foundation for his high-performing, totally-engaged, and empowered team as evidenced by zero grievances or personnel issues in the past two years."

In 2009, McCulloch also won Air Force Materiel Command Civilian Wage Grade Employee of the Year.