Commentary

April 5, 2013

Mission focus vs. mission detractors

Tags:
Col. Peter S. Ford
57th Advanced Tactics Group Commander

Colonel
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Our mission to fly, fight and win in numerous environments requires intense focus … minute by minute. If we lose this focus, we risk our mission.

Red Flag 13-3 just finished. During this demanding time, we all safely accomplished weapons school, advanced operational tests, Thunderbird season preparation, aggressor operations and base-wide warfare center tasks professionally. Add the continuous daily interface with our Creech AFB family and these accomplishments showcase the intense focus our Airmen operate with daily.

This successful mission focus competed with several national-level detractors worth noting. Our Air Force is under intense financial, physical, sexual and emotional tension. These detractors challenge our mission focus.

There are few of us, and the loss of even a few is costly. Folks who improperly use people, time and assets for personal benefit or pleasure are doing this at the expense of our mission.

Most often, another Airman pays the price. Members of a family should not tolerate this for their brothers and sisters …
much less from their brothers or sisters.

Let’s look at our situation historically. Our mission has grown from the days of propellers and strictly visual-range weapons. We now have innumerable, exciting, global missions … and a vastly different array of Airmen accomplishing these missions. We should gather lessons from our past and should always seek these lessons. However, we cannot dwell on past mistakes without risking today’s mission focus.

So, if you are currently paying the price for an abuse in the past – sexually, emotionally, physically or financially – please let us know! We will work to get this corrected. There are numerous leaders and efforts to help. Helping you will help all of us accomplish our duty more efficiently and restore a family member to mission ready status sooner.

In the future, we’ll lower mission failure, capture valuable lessons, and successfully fight off mission detractors by employing these three measures:

  • Fervently focus on your individual part of our mission, accomplish the job at hand, and then take further beneficial action efficiently. This mission focus will not allow time for abuse.
  • Prepare for the next “fight”; use a family mentality on this step to defend our fellow wingmen. Do not tolerate someone abusing them, especially one of our own!
  • Keep opinions and emotions in their rightful place. We should expect and respect emotions and opinions, but we cannot honor them. Taking action on an opinion or emotion is a mission detractor. Only honor and take action for fulfilling our mission.

Lastly, like me, you have opinions and emotions on these mission detractors. We should respect these opinions and emotions but not act on them. There is a difference between respect and honor.

Webster’s dictionary defines respect as “worthy of giving attention,” and it defines honor as “worthy of acting on.” Let’s take comfort in knowing emotions and opinions are regarded but subservient to the mission.

This focus allows us to honor our mission and reach even greater milestones for our Air Force and Nellis.




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


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Henry Hancock

Weapons school grad challenges Airmen as new AU commander

U.S. Air Force photo by Henry Hancock Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, Air University commander and 1994 outstanding graduate from Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., addresses Airmen Nov. 12 at Maxwell-Gunter Air Forc...
 
 

AF closes FY14 force management programs

WASHINGTON — Airmen who met the service’s reduction in force board were notified of the board’s results Nov. 19, bringing the fiscal 2014 force management programs to an end. The RIF board selected 354 captains and majors across the Air Force for non-retention, half of the number the service previously projected it would separate. Line...
 
 
Courtesy graphic

Blowing away ashes

Courtesy graphic Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. However, more than half of these smokers have atte...
 

 

479 selected for CMSgt promotion

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Of the 2,525 senior master sergeants eligible for promotion to chief, 479 were selected for an 18.97 percent selection rate, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. To see the selection list, go to the Air Force Portal at https://my.af.mil, or myPers at https://mypers.af.mil. Airmen will be able to access their score...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

Creech chiefs welcome finest Airmen into top enlisted tier

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Saugstad, center left, poses with his wife Senior Master Sgt. Carissa Saugstad, Chief Master Sgt. Butch Brien, 432nd Wing command chief, and ...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Creech commandeers career counseling capability

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Senior Master Sgt. Tonya Joyce (left) and Master Sgt. Marcy Holland, both 99th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisors, are available to help Airmen stationed in Souther...
 




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