Profiles in Leadership – Lt. Col. David Roberts shares a valuable asset: knowledge
June 21, 2018 – GRANITE, Md. – The knowledge bank of any organization includes its members in addition to its systems. Our members are essential to Civil Air Patrol’s continued success. Through knowledge management of internal and external communication, information systems such as data resources, corporate knowledge and educational resources CAP enhances individual and organizational effectiveness for our mission for America.
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Sharing knowledge is a critical component to the operational success of any organization. Knowledge sharing unites the people, process, culture, and the availability of current technologies necessary to manage, collaborate and locate information. Simply put, the management of knowledge is the process of empowering others to have access to the resources of learning. No one benefits when knowledge is controlled. Knowledge management is about sharing, collaboration and making the best possible use of any tactical resource. Understanding the organization, its mission, goals and expectations connects people and enables them to think together and to take time to share information and insights that can be useful to their organization. A good leader will develop goals and ensure that these goals are realistic and achievable. Whether these goals are short-term or long-term, they should be clearly communicated to all who are expected to help achieve them. A proponent of sharing/knowledge management is Lt. Col. David Roberts, commander of Maryland Wing’s Harford Composite Squadron.
Lt. Col. Roberts joined the Harford squadron in 2015 as a pilot. He is certified as a CAP transport mission pilot and a mission scanner. Roberts subsequently accepted command of the squadron in November 2017. Stressing the importance of collaboration to both senior and cadet squadron members, Roberts emphasized, “Together, we will prepare to meet any challenge and to overcome any obstacle. We will continually look for opportunities for improvement and will implement change where needed. We are all much smarter together and together we will all succeed.” Roberts strives to empower unit members with the tools, education and confidence required to be successful. He recognizes that each member brings unique skills to the unit’s efforts. Encouraging commitment from unit’s members, Roberts said, “I am counting on each of our capabilities to create and sustain a culture of constant improvement. I encourage you to share experiences and don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo.”
Lt. Col. Roberts has distinguished himself throughout a vibrant military career and brings a wide-ranging background of leadership excellence and experience to CAP. His accomplishments include, in part, commissioned in 1988 as an ensign in the U.S. Navy and designated a naval aviator in May 1990. Although he separated from the Navy in 1993, he subsequently joined the Georgia National Guard in 2000. Serving as a captain in the Guard, Roberts was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and participated in the invasion and liberation of Iraq. In 2005, then-Capt. Roberts transferred to Maryland Army National Guard. Promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2010; he continues to serve in command and troop leadership positions.
Roberts is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. Subsequently, he attained a Master of Science in Administration from Georgia Southwestern State University. Roberts is branch qualified in military intelligence, military police, logistics and ordnance and a graduate of the Military Intelligence Captains’ Career Course and the Intermediate Level Education-Advanced Operations Course. Lt. Col. Roberts is married to Katie Roberts and has three children, two of whom are in the United States Army.
Civil Air Patrol provides its members with exceptional opportunities to support its mission for America’s and its communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. Additionally, these same resources provide professional development and leadership skills that ensures CAP members are quality examples of integrity, excellence and volunteer service. Through online learning programs, premier websites, social media and classroom training, members can develop skillsets that benefit personal and organizational growth. Effective leadership includes the process of providing all personnel equal access to information as one of its priorities. Knowledge is power; however, sharing knowledge provides positive outcomes, motivates personnel, limits the skill gap and ensures organizational efficiency.
“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
Margaret Fuller, American journalist, critic and women’s rights advocate.
Capt. Alice Raatjes, CAP
Assistant Public Affairs Officer