Commentary

August 9, 2013

Everyone matters

Staff Sgt. JESUS GARCIA
56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

As Airmen, we experience leadership, core values, morale and standards each day, although we don’t always realize it. At times it is good to take a moment to reflect on these values and think about what role we play in the bigger picture. It is important to understand how vital every Airman is in meeting the mission, and how well we succeed. Leadership is often discussed, and we each ponder the ways it applies to us as Airmen.

When I think of the word leadership, I think of the enlisted force structure and the role I need to play as a leader. More than ever, in today’s Air Force we are faced with complex leadership roles at every level and rank. As leaders, it is our responsibility to maintain competence, humility and flexibility. With a reduced force we have all taken on additional challenges. In these times, the ability to adjust and adapt to our heightened level of responsibility highlights effective leadership.

The Air Force core values are deeply engrained in every part of our careers and lives, playing a vital role in everything we do. Without them, every action we make and quality of service we provide would be in question. Integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do work in conjunction with one another. Our core values are a road map for Airmen and apply to all we do, regardless of how small or large the task is at hand. These core values should never be sacrificed or diminished because, in the end, they are what define us.

Morale plays a vital role in the Air Force, and impacts our lives both on and off duty. I believe this is why the Air Force invests a significant amount of man power and funding to ensure morale remains high. Morale can be a positive influence or detriment to Airmen, especially in high stress situations. High morale is imperative to a productive and safe work environment. It is the binding that holds a unit together, and without it everything else can fall by the wayside.

High standards are one of the most significant differences that separate us from other organizations. Our attention to detail and quality of work make us the best at what we do. The perception others have from our personal appearance to the way we accomplish the mission all show our professionalism and level of standards.




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