355th FW commander mentors future leaders

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Detachment 020 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 4, 2015. Meger mentored the cadets about what he believes it takes to become an officer and a leader while sharing some of his personal experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Detachment 020 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 4, 2015. Meger mentored the cadets about what he believes it takes to become an officer and a leader while sharing some of his personal experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, answers questions from the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets of Detachment 020 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 4, 2015. Meger opened the floor for questions to help mentor the future AF officers based on his experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, answers questions from the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets of Detachment 020 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 4, 2015. Meger opened the floor for questions to help mentor the future AF officers based on his experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, attaches a patch to his uniform that was presented by Cadet Col. Riley Sullivan, Det. 020 Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet wing commander, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 4, 2015. After Meger spoke to the cadets, Sullivan presented him with the Det. 020 patch and coin to thank him for taking the time to mentor them on how to become successful AF leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, attaches a patch to his uniform that was presented by Cadet Col. Riley Sullivan, Det. 020 Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet wing commander, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 4, 2015. After Meger spoke to the cadets, Sullivan presented him with the Det. 020 patch and coin to thank him for taking the time to mentor them on how to become successful AF leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau/Released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Detachment 020 at the University of Arizona were given some words of wisdom when Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander came for a visit.

Meger spoke to the cadets about what he believes it takes to become an officer and a leader while sharing some of his personal experiences.

"The first thing is to know the standards that are out there," Meger said. "Then you have to enforce the standards and apply them equally across the board consistently is critical."

Meger also mentored the cadets on the importance of decision making.

"I need you to make decisions," Meger said. "Be aggressive and problem solve with the resources and information you have."

After listening to Meger's advice, the cadets were given the opportunity to ask him questions of their own. One cadet inquired about Meger's most challenging assignment.

He stated that no assignment was the most challenging, but rather that each of his assignments had its own unique challenges.

After the speech, Cadet Col. Riley Sullivan, Det. 020 AF ROTC cadet wing commander, presented Meger with the Det. 020's patch and coin. 

"It was an honor to have someone as accomplished and inspirational to come speak to our cadets," Sullivan said. "We are extremely grateful that he was willing to do so."

Meger left the cadets with a final recap of what he believed was the key to becoming successful leaders in today's Air Force.

"Know and hold the standards," Meger said. "Get the information to make the decisions, and be the boss that you have always wanted to work for."