Friday, February 13, 2009

View from the Top>>Are we really that different?

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

As we finished the wing run last week, I made my way back to our headquarters and stood under the U.S. flag for a moment and began to reflect. We are all a part of a great nation built on working everyday to become a more perfect union. Yet, I do believe itís important to understand the unique backgrounds each of us bring with them. So Iím also a fan of learning opportunities that celebrate our diverse culture. But when the base as a whole ran together in our PT gear, I couldnít tell who was who, all I knew was that I was part of a tremendous team.

I guess the point Iím trying to make is that those things that we have in common are the things that make us who we are. Those of us that have worn the uniform, past and present, or support those that wear the uniform have decided we care enough about our way of life to defend it with our lives. I also think most people want to live in decent neighborhoods, have employment and health security while establishing a leg up for their offspring. Although, I can notice the distinctions in people, such as color, gender, cultural traditions, and language to name a few; I still believe deep down that we arenít that different.

I believe our challenge is to take the opportunity to better understand each other, while all of us take care of our mission our families and our communities. We can equally celebrate the things we have in common while developing a strong knowledge of those unique attributes each of us bring to the table. If we are going to continue to become a more perfect union, then letís focus on those things that unite us, while eliminating those things that divide us. Are we really that different?
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