Commentary

August 17, 2012

Chaplain thoughts – August 17, 2012

Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson
56th Fighter Wing Chapel

“You must love soldiers in order to understand them, and understand
them in order to lead them.”
~Henri Turenne

Just how well do we know the people around us? How many of us in leadership positions understand the Airmen we are called upon to lead? Henri Turenne was one of the greatest French generals who ever lived, one of only six given the distinction of Marshal General of France. He fully understood the importance of connecting with his men to better lead them in training and in battle. He also had a profound caring and genuine love for those he would lead into war. The whole concept of the wingman is “to encourage Airmen and their families to look out for each other and to intervene when signs of stress are observed — it’s a promise, a pledge, a commitment.” Who do you lead and to whom are you a wingman? We are wingmen because we care.

 

Blessings from Above …

 




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