Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Airmans Creed

Air forceI wear two hats. (many of you already know this). In addition to being a budding entreprenuer, I've also served in the U.S Air force for the past 18 years.

Back in April, our Chief of Staff announced our new Creed, as a way to "provide Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that they can hold most dear."
I am an American Airman.
I am a Warrior.
I have answered my Nation’s 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,
Its Sentry and Avenger.
I defend my Country with my Life.
I am an American Airman.
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.

Every Airman, from the 4-star General, to the brand new slick sleeved basic trainee, is expected to learn and internalize this precept. It helps us to understand Why we do what we do.

After spending literally my whole life around the military (my dad is retired Air Force too), this creed is definitely something that I "get".

It's my other "hat", the entrepreneurial side, that I still have a bit of trouble figuring out from time to time. I'm almost ashamed to say that I've never really taken the time and effort to develop such a clear and consise Mission Statement for my part-time business, as the one that I have to guide me in my military career.

What is my "Why"?

It's a question I plan to spend some significant time pondering over the next couple of weeks, as my family and I celebrate the holidays. I intend to start 2008 with a clear vision what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, and where I want to go.

How about yourself ... do you have a "Creed"?

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