Commentary

April 20, 2012

What company do you keep?

by Master Sgt. Jason Champagne and 2nd Lt. Christopher Clawson
56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Readiness

“I didn’t get here on my own.”

It is a common statement that Airmen hear at nearly every promotion ceremony. Many people helped them along the way. These include supervisors, mentors and family members.

The bonds they form with other Airmen are unique to military life. We have more than just coworker and supervisory relationships; we build life-long camaraderie.

We volunteered to defend the freedom many civilians take for granted. Three aspects of military relationships are distinctly different than those bonds formed by civilians.

First, the bond developed between service members is much closer than civilians in the private sector who just see each other every day at work. We form relationships throughout a career and these bonds can be as strong as it is for someone in a tightly knit family.

Every military member signs an unlimited liability clause and, because of that agreement, these relationships come with the territory; you pledge your life in defense of the Nation. We have chosen a career of self sacrifice. We draw together as a cohesive unit that cannot be replicated in any career field outside of the military.

Second, the supervisors and leaders appointed over us play an extremely significant role in our development, both professionally and personally. We may need a course correction in our career progression, but, when done tactfully and with respect, it can change a life forever. A supervisor’s impact can guide you for many years by instilling a sense of pride and respect in what you are doing for your country. Moreover, these supervisors take over a role much like a parent. They train, guide and care for the Airmen under their supervision. It’s a total commitment.

Finally, support comes from those who work for you. These are the men and women who make you succeed or fail. If you motivate and develop your subordinates, they will work harder and more efficiently for you. These future Air Force leaders are an investment that will pay dividends for many years. The Airmen who work for you will be forever grateful for the time you dedicated to them. This is a relationship that will leave an indelible mark on a person for the rest of his or her life.

No individual can stand by himself. Airmen depend on the strengths of many people around them, forming unique relationships.

At the end of the day, you work hard to do your part of the mission. It is the people you meet and the relationships you foster that will forever impact your life as you move up the ranks and get promoted. It is up to you to make these relationships the best possible.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Everything I need to know about leadership, I learned …

I am sure you’ve heard of, or even read, Robert Fulgham’s best-selling book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Fulgham’s text resonates with many for the simplicity with which he describes “how to be a person.” Leadership in the 21st century Air Force is a much discussed topic, and one can...
 
 

Which one are you?

Have you ever worked for someone you felt was impossible to deal with? How about someone who you simply tolerated? Or have you worked for someone you actually really wanted to work for? What was your work environment like, and what was the attitude of the people among the different types of bosses? Let’s be...
 
 
Courtesy photo

This week in history

May 12, 1975: Mayaguez incident Courtesy photo Last photo of the security police and crew killed in the crash of CH-53, Tail No. 933. Forty years ago today, U.S. combat in Southeast Asia ended. Three days earlier, communist Khm...
 

 
Furious_7_GS

Fly Over: ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

In theaters: ‘Furious 7’ “It’s been a long day, without you my friend. And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.” You’ll be singing this song for days once you watch “Furious 7.” And it’s probably...
 
 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

An invitation to laugh … Storyteller Garrison Keillor said, “God writes a lot of comedy … the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.” Unfortunately, people without a sense of humor are ubiquitous. They come in all shapes and sizes. They come from every, social, political...
 
 

Practice ‘essence’ of leadership

Every day, everyone in the Air Force at all ranks has a chance to be a leader. We know leaders are involved with people and show a sincere interest in their problems and welfare. We also know as a leader it’s important to be accountable for your actions. However, I see the essence of leadership...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin