Commentary

June 14, 2013

Airman thankful for dad

What does it take to be a father? Leadership, guidance and love may be some of the qualities that come to mind. On Sunday, fathers are acknowledged for their part in raising children in many places of the world.

Although Father’s Day is known for gifts and cards, for one Airman it’s about being thankful for his father every day.

“My father was not the type to show much emotion, but I always knew he cared since he was always there for me and encouraged me throughout my life,” said Senior Airman Derek Williams, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment mechanic. “I remember one time when I made him proud I was in the eighth grade and had helped my team win the basketball conference finals. I recall my father smiling and just being happy.”

Even though today Williams is grown up with a family of his own, he still takes time to update his father whether through a phone call or text message.

“Almost every time I go out on an Honor Guard detail I take a picture for him and send it,” Williams said. “He loves pictures of me in my uniform.”

Williams realizes the part his father had in making him the man he is today.

“I can tell I take after my father here and there as far as being strict goes, but I also know when to give in,” he said. “For me, the proudest moment I’ve had as a father was when my daughter did a back flip into the foam pit at Sky Zone. I couldn’t believe my little girl did such an amazing thing. Memories like these make being a dad worthwhile.”

To Williams the day is an important date to recognize his father.

“I feel that my father has played an important role since he was the one who always encouraged me and most importantly, always had my back,” he said. “For me, Father’s Day is about showing thanks and respect for my father and remembering all the things he has done for me.”

Though it is celebrated every year, Father’s Day wasn’t always a welcomed idea.

A florist once said, “Fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have,” according to history.com. A West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first Father’s Day on July 5, 1908.

The next year, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official nationally recognized day for fathers equal to Mother’s Day. She travelled throughout Washington State to raise support and on July 19, 1910, Washington celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day.

While Father’s Day was accepted in Washington, it took several decades to make it an official holiday.

Then in 1972, in the middle of a presidential re-election, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday.




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


 
 

 

‘The butterfly effect’

Shortly after taking command, the Wild Duck Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge requested I explain to his Airmen exactly what the pilots would be doing on training missions during an upcoming temporary duty. I was embarrassed that he had to ask. In this specific case, I had thoughtlessly kept these details from our closest...
 
 

Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them directly. One scenario I am presented...
 
 

Dollars and Sense

Americans owe $1,200,000,000,000 in college debt (yes, that’s a trillion). According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, students hold an average of $29,400 in debt at graduation. That monthly debt repayment plan starts upon graduation and can easily top $1,000 a month. There are federal loan forgiveness programs (www.consumerfinance.gov) but the process can be complex...
 

 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

It was the Buddha who said, “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” The Jewish proverb says, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” These...
 
 
20130803-190716

Fly Over: ‘Angry Crab’ and Macronutrients: A way of eating healthy

‘Angry Crab’ Every now and then I get a craving for real seafood. I’m not talking about the type of seafood served filleted, breaded and drenched in fancy French nouveau-style sauce. I’m talking about unadultera...
 
 

Innovative followership, leadership

Innovate, innovate, innovate. We hear this all the time in today’s leaner military. It’s a rather catchy word and sounds very impressive. However, innovation has to begin somewhere. Can followers innovate? Can leaders innovate? I submit the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes.” Unfortunately, one thing that keeps us from challenging the status...
 




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