Execution through engagement
By Senior Master Sgt. Chris Underwood, 129th Rescue Wing Human Resources Advisor / Published July 30, 2009
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. --
"A relentless focus on execution--combined with total engagement of an Airman's heart and mind--leads to mission accomplished," said Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer M. Reecy, Air National Guard Human Resources Advisor.
As soon as men and women enlist in the United States Air Force, they step into an opportunity unlike that offered by any other military service. Along with their enlistment and transition into becoming Airmen they are immediately enrolled into the Community College of the Air Force. And, as they continue along their career paths they are subject to some of our military services' premier professional military education.
At the 129th Rescue Wing, it is essential to the success of our mission that we as leaders ensure that our greatest assets (our Airmen) are motivated and encouraged to engage in developing and maximizing their potential. This begins with the very first hand-shake that we extend to them as it is at this time that they are looking for guidance from us to help shape and mold their careers.
It is our duty to educate them and provide to them the resources that are available to assist them in their growth process in all aspects of their lives, which in turn is beneficial to our mission as well as the strength of our nation.
As we continue to push the flywheel and raise the bar that the Air National Guard Office of Cultural Leadership and Development has set for us, continue the "flywheel momentum" by interweaving these points into your agendas for all meetings and monthly roll-calls:
- Strategic execution is shared and formulated to build upon the future vitality of our force. Without a doubt, engaged Airmen are in the pursuit of excellence!
- In the words of former President John F. Kennedy, we must "think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."
Ask yourself, "What did I do today to push on the flywheel?"
- What is your personal commitment to support and develop Airmen to lead?
- What contributions are you making to engage your Airmen in preparing themselves for future possibilities?
- Do you lead so that your Airmen can tell their Airmen that you stood for something and you acted on it?
Recommended films to watch this month: "The Education of Charlie Banks" and "The Great Debaters"