Commentary

August 10, 2012

Leadership necessary for Airman morale in 21st century

by Staff Sgt. Andrew Coddington
Focus 56 president

It is our duty as NCOs to ensure that we maintain high morale in ourselves and our Airmen. While we as a force have already seen a decrease in manning, with more cuts to be seen in the future, it will become more important than ever to keep a high sense of morale within our ranks for continued success.

We all know at some point how our specific Air Force specialties fit into the larger picture of the Air Force mission. Unfortunately, within the first few years of service, many of us forget that sense of purpose and become complacent. We as NCOs must be able to recognize how we, as well as our Airmen, individually fit into the mission so that we may keep the sense of purpose that we all felt when we first joined. This will become even more important as drawbacks continue, as we and our Airmen will be required to take on more responsibility so that the Air Force mission can continue with minimal interference.

One of the primary duties of NCOs is to ensure all standards are met. This is something we cannot do halfway. If we do not hold all of our Airmen to the same standard, it will adversely affect unit cohesiveness and morale. Additionally, we must let our Airmen know when they have performed well if we expect them to continue performing well.

If our Airmen consistently do excellent work, we must be sure to reward them. Remember, positive reinforcement will give us better Airmen in the long run. Also, when was the last time you told one of your Airmen thank you for all their hard work? That simple courtesy can go a long way toward letting our Airmen know what they do matters. This goes back to the concept of positive reinforcement. We cannot neglect to let our Airmen know they are appreciated for what they do.

Only through solid leadership will we be able to ensure a high state of morale within the Air Force in the face of the coming adversity. We as NCOs will be on the front line of this issue and must stand ready.




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


 
 

 

Who’s afraid of a little blood?

I have been in the Air Force for 22 years and have been a medical laboratory technician since the beginning of my career. The medical or clinical laboratory is where specimens are tested to provide information to medical providers who directly assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in patients. After graduating basic...
 
 

Pursue education for career’s sake

Everyone knows education can be a good bullet on an enlisted performance report, but few know the true value of an education in regard to a military career. The pursuit of an education can be just as valuable as the degree acquired at the end. The knowledge acquired in the pursuit of an education can...
 
 
This-week-in-history

This week in history

1945: P-51 Transition Training Luke Field instructors began to teach a transition course in the North American P 51 Mustang 70 years ago this month when 13 of the aircraft arrived at Luke Field. In the following months, instruc...
 

 
foodnetworkstar

Fly Over: ‘Rose and Crown Pub’ and ‘Food Network Star’

‘Rose and Crown Pub’ A beautiful green countryside, day after day of cloudy skies, rain and fog, and chilly winters and humid summers — if this sounds more appealing to you than sun and desert heat, you’re probably bett...
 
 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Our generation loves to hear inspiring stories — tales about exceptional heroes who fear nothing and succeed even during difficult times. Yet these extraordinary characters, admired by the people, can only be found in the comics. They’re called super heroes; because one day, by a stroke of luck, they were given incredible powers. However, the...
 
 

How do you stack up?

With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are being replaced with a...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>