Tuesday, November 25, 2008

VIEW FROM TOP>>This is not a dry run

By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
19th Airlift Wing command chief

As we endeavor daily to ensure that we sustain unrivaled Combat Airlift for America always, it dawned on me that we never have a second chance to get our mission done right. We have one chance at life and what life holds for us. So my challenge to you, as well as myself, is not to function as though this is a dry run.

Those waiting for our support around the world are counting on us taking our mission seriously. We must apply our training, focus and resources to ensure that when called, we respond with pinpoint precision.

This is not a dry run. In your lives, do you apply this mindset or do you function as though you will be able to go back and start over again?

Beyond our vital mission, are you living your life as though this is your only opportunity to maximize your potential? I sometimes reflect on people who become frustrated because they wake up and realize they have not utilized time and opportunity to the fullest extent. Each one of us have gifts and talents, that if maximized, can benefit our workplace, families and communities. This is not a dry run.

One of our core values, excellence in all we do, demands that we attack each day as a chance to grow and improve. Are we exhibiting excellence in all we do? The first place to check is in the mirror in the morning. Consider how physically, mentally and spiritually fit you are. To live your life in an exceptional way requires you not to take a single day for granted.

To continue to be the best air force in the world, our military, civilians and families must understand that this is not a dry run.

Combat Airlift!

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