The Airman's Creed

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Marines are always Marines regardless if they are an officer or enlisted. If one were to yell, "Hey, Soldier" at an Army base, both enlisted and officer would look over. Officer and enlisted in the Navy are always sailors. What about the Air Force? If one were to yell "Airman" in a crowded movie theater, who would turn around? Most likely it would not be a Master Sergeant or an officer. 

We have long been conditioned that our rank or job defines what we are, not who we are. We have seen ourselves as maintainers, officers, pilots or support personnel. Yes, what we do is important, even critical, and we should be proud of what we do. But we must remember that each career field in the Air Force helps to project air power across the globe and into space. Each job that we perform somehow helps to put bombs on the targets. We are all part of the fight! One team, one fight! 

This has been re-enforced with the adoption of The Airman's Creed. A single creed that binds us all as one, united spirit in the Air National Guard and the Air Force. It describes what we as airmen do, reinforces our commitment to the citizens of our great country and to each other.

The Airman's Creed
I am an American Airman.
I am a warrior.
I have answered my nations call. 

I am an American Airman.
My mission is to fly, fight, and win.
I am faithful to a proud heritage,
A tradition of honor, and a legacy of valor. 

I am an American Airman,
Guardian of freedom and justice,
My nation's sword and shield,
It's sentry and avenger.
I defend my country with my life. 

I am an American Airman:
Wingman, Leader, Warrior
I will never leave an American behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.

I am proud to be a First Sergeant, but I will always be an Airman first. So next time someone yells out in a crowded theater, "hey, Airman", my head will turn to see who is calling, as should everyone else's.