Adhering to Air Force Standards
By Col Steven Butow, 129th Rescue Wing / Published October 23, 2012
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. --
On June 13, 2012, the 129th Rescue Wing successfully completed a Phase I Operational Readiness Inspection and received high accolades from the HQ ACC Inspector General with regard to our wing culture based on mission readiness and compliance discipline. The Adjutant General, Major General David Baldwin, echoed this sentiment stating that there is only one standard in the California Air National Guard: the Air Force standard.
Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards was published On August 7, 2012, implementing Air Force Policy Directive 1, Air Force Culture. It reminds all Airmen of the obligation and responsibility that comes with wearing the Air Force uniform. None of this information is new; in fact, the publication only serves to consolidate standards and expectations from multiple sources. Why? Because maintaining good order and discipline is paramount for mission accomplishment.
The 129th Rescue Wing exists to save lives under the most challenging of conditions involving the employment of lethal effects. As Airmen, your efforts are critical to support, maintain and operate nearly $1 billion worth of aircraft and specialized equipment. Every time we put aircraft into the air or Pararescuemen into harm's way, we mitigate extraordinary risk by our adherence to standards that are "uniformly known, consistently applied and non-selectively enforced." Such great responsibility cannot be entrusted to those who elect to deviate from our Air Force core values or to those to fail to enforce them.
As stated in AFI 1-1, "Being a good wingman means taking care of fellow Airmen--and taking action when signs of trouble are observed, especially in situations where Airmen appear as if they are about to make a poor decision, are in despair, or show signs of hurting themselves or someone else." We must always strive to be better Wingmen, and recognize our responsibility to protecting the Air Force as a whole.
The 129th Rescue Wing can tackle any challenge as a team forged with a culture of compliance discipline; to do otherwise is to cease to be Airmen, and to forfeit the trust of our leaders and the American people who we have sworn to serve.