Commentary

August 1, 2014

In your comfort zone? Get out!

Master Sgt. PAUL SIRACUSA
56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Being promoted means you are ready to take on the next level of roles and responsibilities, but how do you prepare for the next level of responsibilities?

One tactic that has worked for me is to step outside my comfort zone. By doing this, I’ve learned more about the Air Force and experienced more situations than if I had stayed safe within my comfort zone.

My most recent step out of my comfort zone has me performing first sergeant duties. When you’re ready to try something new, you can prepare yourself to take that step by following three rules — watch your step, research and ask questions.

Watching your step is important if you want to succeed. The last thing you want is to take on more than you can handle. If you have never been part of an awards banquet committee before, you probably don’t want to be the committee president. Instead, start off as a committee member, and then work your way up.

The next rule is to research. After being told I was going to be the acting first sergeant, the first thing I did was read the corresponding Air Force Instruction. The AFI told me exactly what was going to be required of me and what to expect. Whether it’s putting together an awards banquet or running a fundraiser, you will find some sort of guidance that will point you in the right direction. This will lead you to the final step — asking questions.

Find a coworker, family member or a friend that has experience in whatever task you are about to perform and ask them questions. Find out what worked for them and what didn’t. Before I started my first sergeant duties, I spoke with other first sergeants and asked them the questions I had developed from reading the AFI.

Next time you see a volunteer email or feel that you’re ready to take on more responsibilities, remember the three rules. Start off small, do not take on more than you can handle. Research guidance to see what will be required of you. Finally, find others who have performed that task and ask questions. If you follow these rules you’ll succeed at whatever task is before you.




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


 
 

 

Fly, fight & win! Luke plays unique role in AF mission

The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win. The Air Force’s “motto,” as it was originally called, was adopted October 2010. Capt. Gregroy Bollrud of Hurlburt Field Florida, wrote, “It succinctly captures what our Air Force has been renowned for ever since its creation in 1947. Also, the specific choice of...
 
 

Wingman for life

“I look after my wingman. He looks after me. We work together. We fight together.” — Col. Gabby Gabriski, WWII ace Having a wingman has been an essential part of combat flying since the beginning. A wingman is able to watch your “6,” provide support and can offer a different perspective on a situation. These...
 

 
141119-F-HT977-165

Chiefs announced

Senior master sergeants selected for promotion to chief master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base posed in front of the static F-16 Fighting Falcon in front of the wing headquarters building. They are, from left, Kelbey Norton, 56...
 
 

Enlisted promotion system changes continue

WASHINGTON — This January, changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System will continue with adjustments to the scoring model for promotions to technical sergeant and below, all designed to help ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion. The current WAPS enlisted performance report calculation model for technical...
 
 

News Briefs November 21, 2014

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic Dec. 8 through 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. Kids cooking class Kids Kamp Cooking Class is 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 8 to 12 and 7 to 9 p.m. for ages...
 




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