Commentary

June 21, 2013

Thunderbolts show up for good cause with ‘service-before-self’ attitude

Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN
56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy

Service before self is a mantra we tend to repeat but not always in a truly positive manner. I often hear it as an exasperated sigh when someone volunteers or is “voluntold” for an event.

The true spirit of this mantra really came out at the Boston Marathon relief run that took place in May. It was a base-wide fundraising event for the One Fund Boston Organization that was in essence put on at the last minute.

Shortly after the incident in Boston we decided to do a fundraising event to help the victims of the attack. Putting on such an event was no small task. Members of LEAD Council, Focus 56 and Top 3 worked together to advertise, organize and put on an event to benefit people Luke members had only heard about. The Chiefs’ group offered to do a burger burn. Local supermarkets and others pitched in. We wanted nothing more than to help. That is the core of service before self.

So many do volunteer events just for our enlisted performance reports, but it’s events like this one that show by example what real volunteerism is about. On the day of the event, many of us organizing it had to take off work early in order to set up in time for a 5 p.m. start. People from our various shops covered for us. Then people started showing up early, looking forward to donating their time and money. Teams were formed to jointly run a total of 26 miles.

The Massachusetts flag flew around the track carried by LEAD Council members at the start of the run and was passed to others throughout the run.
A few intrepid runners even completed a half marathon on their own.

The spirit of giving and support was alive and well throughout the entire event. In the end, we raised $1,331 for the One Fund Boston organization. If anything can be taken from this it’s that good times can come from doing good things for the benefit of others.




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


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo

Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also...
 
 

Mentoring fosters dreams, strengthens us

A few days ago while reading an online commander’s call, I came across an article dated Dec. 31, 2014, stating President Obama proclaimed the month of January 2015 National Mentoring Month. Although this topic is thoroughly discussed in our Air Force today, I felt compelled to write on its importance all the same. In a...
 
 

Have you joined the Air Force yet?

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Preven...
 
 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a piv...
 
 

Tuskegee Airmen commemorated

The Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Inc. celebrated the 2nd Annual Tuskegee Airman Commemoration Day with a wreath ceremony Wednesday at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is the result of legislation signed into law by former Arizona Governor Janice Brewer in 2013 and is the first such law...
 




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