Thursday, January 15, 2009

VIEW FROM TOP>>Where do your passions lie

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

Often times we spend our energies around reminding people of things that should be second nature. These things range from eating right or exercising regularly, to following proper procedures on and off duty. Yet, if these things are second nature because of our disciplined environment, then why do we continue to discuss them? My opinion is that it may be because some of us feel obligated to them and some donít.

My question is where do your passions lie? True professionals donít need reminding of things like being technically and physically fit. A good friend of mine said we are only issued one body during our lifetime, and we need to do all we can to take care of it. Another great sign of a professional is involvement in professional organizations like Air Force Sergeants Association, Top III, Company Grade Officers and civic programs to name a few.

A good senior NCO realizes that membership in the Top III is not because you pay dues, itís because you are involved in the development of those around you. What do you feel obligated to do to improve your environment? Itís good to get encouragement from those around you to get involved, but itís even better that each one of us look to move out on our own to make a positive impact on our community.

Today I witnessed Mrs. Martha Gilmore who won Volunteer of the Quarter for our base. I clearly saw a person who feels obligated to putting service before self. Martha does not need someone to tell her that being involved is a great thing; she and the many others who volunteer on our base do so out of a sense of duty, and for no pay. So as you reflect on your service, please remember that some things are demanded because of our vital mission. The key is to make a difference every day.

Combat Airlift!


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