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Always Leave an Airman Behind Audiobook



by Ellis Franks

  • Narrated by: Ellis Franks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Release date: 08-01-20
  • Language: English


Always Leave an Airman Behind: A Real Story of Surviving the Air Force Crab Leadership Culture is a story about one airman’s journey from being poor and homeless to becoming an international top performer.

The story details the journey of this airman as he climbs the ranks and discovers the leadership lapses that are prevalent in the service that created a toxic culture of retribution, bullying, and pettiness that is a contributing factor to the growing military and veteran suicide epidemic.

The author was a poor recruit from a family that was devastated by drug abuse and was saved by joining the military and he went on to achieve high levels of success in the service. His journey details the “crab leadership” he faced at every assignment and how the average leaders in units across the service. The story follows the evolution of this young recruit into a seasoned leader that made a positive impact on tens of thousands of airmen across the world and his eventual excommunication from the service due to bullying from high ranking members in his unit.

The author integrates the leadership lessons he used to become an international award winner to including leadership lessons required by the Air Force for promotion to the highest ranks in the enlisted tier. He weaves the Air Force core values into each story he tells to explain how each leader that influenced him compared to the Air Force standard of leadership.

This audiobook is for any supervisor or leader who wants to look at life from the perspective of an overachiever and gives insights on the thoughts a high performing individual maintains about situational leadership. It is also a valuable listen for anyone who is struggling with the perils of poverty and looking to change their personal mindset to overcome the challenges and barriers to success that being poor creates.

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Ellis Franks




9 hrs and 56 mins

Narrated by

Ellis Franks

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