Commentary

February 15, 2013

Act like a Superhero

Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff
Air Force Reserve Command

(AFNS) — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime; everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force.

While waiting in the checkout lane, I noticed a little boy shopping with his mom was staring at me from his perch in the cart. I smiled and said “Hello,” but he just kept staring.

His mom apologized and explained he was crazy about people in uniform, and his hero was Captain America. She said he watches the movie over and over and puts on a little uniform to defend the house.

“I think that’s a good hero to have,” I said. As I answered, it got me thinking we need to act more like superheroes.

OK, stick with me here. That doesn’t mean that we should put on capes and masks and climb to the top of the roof to see what dastardly deeds need to be thwarted. Your spouse would most likely tell you to “Get down before you hurt yourself,” and “Take off that getup before the neighbors see you.”

What it does mean is we need be worthy of kids’ admiration — like a superhero. So, here are a few things about superheroes we need to know:

  1. Superheroes never believe their own write-up. They are humble (except when fighting a bad guy) and neither flashy nor boastful. They save the day and retreat to their secret lair (office or flightline in our case).
  2. Superheroes help people. Whether it’s a neighbor needing help painting a fence, or the lady in the grocery store that can’t quite reach that box of cereal, we need to lend a hand.
  3. Superheroes are respectful towards the public. They use manners, say “Yes sir,” or “Yes ma’am,” and open doors for people at restaurants.
  4. Superheroes live lives kids can look up to. They don’t lie, cheat or misuse government credit cards. They set examples for other to follow, and they do the right thing even when no one is looking (sounds like “integrity” to me).
  5. Superheroes are always there. They always have their friends’ backs no matter what else is going on, even in the dark of night (sounds like “service before self”).
  6. Superheroes are in shape. Have you ever seen a chubby superhero? The bad guys would kick his butt! The public wouldn’t have much confidence in an out-of-shape superhero, would they?
  7. Superheroes always do their best. You’ll never see a superhero slacking, or saving only enough people to make it look good. They give it their all every time, and people take notice (sounds like “excellence in all we do”).

If you have ever seen the movie “Hancock,” you have seen what a superhero is not. The protagonist, at first, is all about himself — he’s a drunk with a bad attitude, thinking he is above the law. The public has no faith in him, and he quickly loses faith in himself.

With the help of people who care about him, he becomes the superhero that, deep down, he knew he was capable of becoming. Maybe you know someone who, with a little help and direction, can live up to their potential (sounds like “leadership” to me). Sometimes he or she is the person in the mirror. Realizing it, facing it, accepting it and working on it are often the most heroic actions of all.

The point is that when you’re off base and in uniform you are easily recognized as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Kids look at your uniform and are in awe; parents look at you and hope that their son or daughter will follow in your footsteps, and seniors thank you and appreciate that you’re continuing to carry the torch to keep our country safe.

We should all act as though we’re in uniform even when we’re not and display the same hero-like qualities we’re capable of, no matter what we’re wearing. Let’s all act like superheroes and truly earn the respect and admiration we’re given every day. Think about it.




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


 
 

 

Aviation pioneer in Las Vegas

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — During World War II, aviation opportunities literally exploded as the military trained hundreds of thousands of individuals to fly, opening the door to many who might never have had the chance before. Among this group were women pilots, many of whom trained and flew as civil service pilots with...
 
 

Rosie the Riveter and me

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — As we recognize Women’s History Month this March, I am struck by the thought that heroes and role models do not have to be one single person but, in fact, can be several people. For me, this truth is especially relevant. During World War II, many women opted to...
 
 

JEPAC partners with Patriots during Red Flag 15-2

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Joint Electromagnetic Preparedness for Advanced Combat unit integrated into Red Flag 15-2 to partner with exercise participants here, March 2 through 13. JEPAC partners with all branches of the U.S. military and the combatant commands to identify joint electromagnetic spectrum capability gaps and vulnerabilities. Additionally, JEPAC supports the...
 

 

Hazards of dietary supplements

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you been hitting the gym like you wanted to, modified your diet, or restocked your dietary supplement shelf? Before you throw some more money at protein shakes, diet pills and energy drinks, I encourage you to research the products you’re buying...
 
 

Total force creates realistic training, cost savings

NEW LONDON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.C., — ‘Train like we fight’ and ‘do more with less’ are mottos echoing the walls of countless conference rooms across the Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force daily — and for good reason. U.S. military missions continue to expand while concurrently trying to balance shrinking budgets and...
 
 

Why can’t I get a medical appointment when I want it?

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Have you ever called for a medical appointment and been frustrated because you couldn’t get in at the time and date you desired? Have you ever wondered why you are advised to utilize the 99th MDG emergency room or offered a telephone consult also known as “T-con”? So have...
 




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