Commentary

June 15, 2012

56th CONS civilian salutes military father’s lessons

by Mary Peetz
56th Contracting Squadron

When I was a senior in high school, my father served as the Hill Air Force Base commander.

Understandably, the unwelcomed public scrutiny of a teenager’s life that occurs when your father is the base commander naturally created tension at times. As my father approaches his 80th birthday though, my reflection on that period provides a greater appreciation for his service to both those entrusted to his command and his family. Unknown to me at the time, he consistently demonstrated one of the most important elements of leadership — balance.

I didn’t realize, much less appreciate, the demands on my father’s time during this period and the enduring life lesson he was displaying not only to his daughter but to the men and women under his command. Despite the significant time demands placed on someone serving in such a position, he always made time for me. Whether it was spending time with me doing homework at the dining room table, going for evening runs, or accompanying me to church, he committed one of the most important things a father can to a child’s development — his time.

In fact, I cannot remember a single instance when my father missed one of my high school volleyball games, track meets or softball games during this period even though I may not have appreciated it at the time. More than 30 years later, he still has the ability to recount play-by-play my athletic highlights with all the excitement of an ESPN sportscaster. The same is true for my four sisters and brother. I now know there is no greater motivation than a father’s pride. His love was unconditional.

Although I cannot say conclusively, I suspect that many of the men and women who served with my father took notice of the example he set in his personal life and have similar family memories due, at least in part, to my father’s leadership. As leaders, we have a responsibility to encourage our people to find that proper balance in their lives. With the current operations tempo, achieving that objective is more difficult than ever but no less than important. As Father’s Day approaches, it provides an excellent opportunity for us all to reflect on what matters most and ensure we are achieving the proper balance. I salute my father for his commitment to this leadership principle.




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


 
 

 

Resource management — Doing more with less

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem...
 
 

Situational awareness

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing...
 
 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

There are times in our lives which are marked by a flash of inspiration. Some coincidental event takes place that brings new insight or understanding. One such event happened for me this past fall at the funeral Mass of one of Luke’s longtime friends, Katie Gillen. Miss Katie served as our base librarian for many...
 

 
Kingdom_Hearts_II_(PS2)

Fly Over: ‘Kingdom Hearts II’ and ‘Coaching Bad′

For Play Station II: ‘Kingdom Hearts II’ “Kingdom Hearts II” was released in 2005 for the Play Station 2 gaming console. The game is the sequel to “Kingdom Hearts” but the third in the series published by Square Eni...
 
 

Don’t get ‘Promotion Remorse’

The day I closed on my first house, my realtor and I did a final walk through to ensure there were no last-minute issues that needed addressing. Since I was a first-time home buyer, I didn’t know what to look for, so I finished my walk-through in 20 minutes. My realtor insisted on staying to...
 
 

Keep military records in check

A common issue we see at the 56th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section is that our military customers wait until the last minute to check their records. This can become an issue that can cause hardship on the member when it comes to promotion boards, permanent changes of station, retirement and separation. One scenario...
 




One Comment


  1. Mary Anne Jimenez

    Such a beautiful, heartfelt tribute from a loving daughter to her father on Father’s day weekend.



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