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Bull Gap Journal – Sylacauga News

Bull Gap Journal is a special feature on and aired on MIX 106.5 and KiX 100.3 produced by Brig. General Robert Holmes (USAF, retired). Listen to Bull Gap Journal Minutes and subscribe to the free newsletter below.

I am Robert Holmes. I am from Sylacauga, a retired Air Force Brigadier General and veteran. Some of you know me as Bob.

After watching people for a long time – sometimes following, sometimes leading – it’s time for me to remember the people who taught me what made a difference in my life. It’s time to simply reflect on the life lessons that seemed to work – and reflect on the ones that didn’t.

After leaving home about fifty years ago, my wife, Colleen, and I returned to Sylacauga and settled on the edge of the Talladega National Forest. A few miles north of us there is a gap between Rebecca Mountain and Herds Mountain called Bull Gap. The uphill terrain is difficult with many deep ravines (“cris” here) and meandering stream beds. Thus, a farmer would seek out the Bull Gap to make way for a herd.

Growing up here, I spent time in the woods around Bull Gap. So, upon returning home, it seems only fair to record my thoughts on life and leadership in the Bull Gap Journal.

Three decades of service in the Air Force alongside great American warriors have taught me a lot about life – about “following” – about “leadership”.

It taught me the power of teams and the power of the human spirit – the will to do. This living classroom was in the midst of organizations large and small, watching people do amazing things.

Seeing people – seeing me – at our best and at our worst.

First of all, I have a deep feeling of gratitude towards the people who took the time to teach me; whether it’s a four-star or a two-strip. They trusted me and gave me “permission” to lead and learn.

Here are some of those stories and life lessons I learned along the way. I hope they inspire you to become a better “you” and help impact others in your life as well.

Thanks for reading and listening to the Bull Gap Journal and Godspeed!

– Bob