Air Force

February 1, 2013

Loyalty critical to AF success

Tags:
Chief Master Sgt. CISCO JOHNSTONE
56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Chief Master Sgt.
Cisco Johnstone

As a long-suffering Dallas Cowboys fan, I like to think I can tell you a little bit about loyalty. They are certainly a team that polarizes football fans everywhere, but whether they do well or not, I stick to my team. There is some degree of stubbornness to this, but staying true (showing loyalty) to a football team or any other team, especially our Air force team, is critical to its success.

AFPAM 36-2241 states, “The degree to which trust, loyalty and integrity are present in the leadership of an organization directly relates to the organization’s effectiveness.”

While I will focus on loyalty in this article, it’s these three leadership qualities that will make you a better supervisor, leader and follower.

Wikipedia defines loyalty as faithfulness or devotion to a person, country, group or cause. For example, you can be brand loyal and only buy Apple or Volkswagen products.

Patriotism is another form of loyalty that is very prevalent in our society and one that makes me extremely proud. But in the interest of time I will concentrate on the loyalty we show to each other and our organization.

I have been in many successful units over the last 28 years, and while it takes many things falling into place for success to be achieved, the section or flight is the key to the organization’s entire success. Some flights do more with and for each other; their Airmen feel leadership is looking out for them, and if they make mistakes it is as a unit not an individual carrying the entire load. This environment is critical to achieving and maintaining loyalty.

I learned loyalty through many examples beginning with my father who served 23 years in the civil engineer career field and retired as a master sergeant in 1981. His devotion to our Air Force spanned two tours in Viet Nam and a total of 14 years overseas. He worked long hours, but I never heard him complain once about the Air Force.

His example inspired me join in 1984, and from the very beginning I loved what I was doing and who I was doing it for. I made a ton of mistakes but always learned from them and was never made to feel that they were unrecoverable. As I progressed through the rank structure, my supervisors saw fit to reward my efforts through increased responsibility and challenging jobs, which I endeavored to do to the best of my abilities. Even more recently I have had challenges, including health issues that my supervisors afforded me the opportunity to correct, and I am better for it. I made the Air Force a career because of those supervisors.

As a supervisor myself, I try to affect the same environment I came up in to the brilliant young Airmen coming up through the ranks now. They too make mistakes, they work hard and they do great things for our nation. They are not perfect, but I’m not either.

While we tend to concentrate on the negative aspects of individual career fields and organizations, it is even more important to recognize and reward great individual and unit efforts. A thank you or a day off goes a long way in building loyalty. I like to take my Airmen in with me to brief the boss on issues affecting the unit. It gives them experience and shows that I trust them to speak for their sections.

Loyalty is an essential component of any Air Force organization. It begins with unit leadership, our peers and our organization. Loyalty establishes a work environment that brings out the best in everyone and is translated into mission accomplishment. Loyalty stretches from our subordinates to our immediate supervisor all the way to the president of the United States and the nation we defend. Hopefully you are someone that identifies with some of the beliefs in this article, and if you’re not you really need to work on it and give it a try. The results will surprise you.




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


 
 

 

Fighting Falcons arrive at Holloman

Courtesy photo Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base arrive in formation June 16 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 308th FS has inactivated and the soon to be activated 314th FS assumes the 308th FS mission of training F-16 pilots as a 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Courtesy photo Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander, presents the unit guidon to Maj. Gen. James Hecker during the 19th Air Force assumption of command ceremony June 23 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolp...
 
 

Air Force News – June 26, 2015

Alaska Firefighters from the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson recently assisted with the Division of Forestry’s efforts in containing the Sockeye wildfire near Willow. The fire is estimated to cover more than 7,000 acres of land.   Virginia The 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games opened June 19 with about 250 athletes...
 

 

People First – June 26, 2015

EPME enrollment notifications begin The Air Force Personnel Center recently initiated a phased approach to notify approximately 83,000 Airmen of the requirement to enroll in the applicable enlisted professional military education distance learning course. AFPC will notify 20,000 Airmen at the beginning of each month until all members have been notified. In July 2014, the Air...
 
 

Air Force News – June 19, 2015

Poland In support of Baltic Operations 2015 June 5 through 20, a team of Airmen from the 1st Combat Communications Squadron deployed to Powidz Air Base, maintained communication requirements for the Air Force at the installation. Baltops is a multinational maritime exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability. Southwest Asia Since Aug. 8, coalition airpower...
 
 

People First – June 19, 2015

Selected MSgt evals close out Sept. 30 Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve master sergeant and master sergeant-select enlisted performance reports will now close out annually on Sept. 30. In addition, as of June 3, , master sergeants and selects will no longer receive change-of-reporting-official EPRs. Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted...
 




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>