Chief's Corner -- week of March 24
By Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50th Space Wing command chief
/ Published March 22, 2016
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASe, Colo. -- Having Air Force core values in everyday life
All United States Air Force Airmen should be able to quickly recite the Air Force core values, but do they apply those principles to their everyday life outside of uniform? With such a diverse group of people from all walks of life, it is important for the Air Force to set standards and expectations for everyone to follow...a common culture to bind us all together as Airmen. Although many of us have different personal values, hold different leadership positions and work different jobs - our goal as an Air Force is for each and every one of us to strive to become better. We owe this to each other as Airmen and to the American people. We can become better followers, leaders, friends and citizens by living a life of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.
Integrity plays such a key role in defining who we are, not only as Airmen, but as human beings. The willingness to do what is right, even when no one is looking, tells a lot about a person's character. As a leader within our Air Force, my deepest respect goes to those individuals who have a great deal of integrity. Whether given an option to do something against an Air Force Instruction at work, or as a neighbor doing something against the law, we need people in the Air Force who can keep from doing these things and who can come forward and identify these wrongs by others. Sometimes the path can be difficult, but remember the only person who can take away your integrity is the one you see in the mirror.
Another important value is believing in "Service before self." Team Five-O is extremely busy, so knowing I can count on the wingmen around me to assist during times of need relieves a great deal of stress and keeps me going strong. We are all dedicated to the profession of arms and this helps us to better understand the qualities we need to move forward as a service and continue long after our military careers have ended. If we apply these principles to our everyday life, when that transition comes - it will be easy for us to adjust and to succeed.
Lastly, we need to strive for excellence in all we do. Having personal satisfaction in doing something correctly and on-time is a rewarding feeling; possibly leading to recognition and/or greater opportunities. The hands-on experience and the confidence received from military life is one of the most invaluable returns on investments the Air Force can provide you. Although sometimes it may feel like the Air Force drills these values into our heads, it's to help encourage us all to be transformational leaders of the future - at work and in life.