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Chief’s Corner - week of July 31

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Excellent adventure

In 1990, I joined the Air Force at the ripe old age of 27. Prior to that, I worked various construction jobs and had not cracked open a textbook in seven years. I really had not accomplished anything of importance in my life. Needless to say, confidence in my ability to succeed was lacking. I felt the Air Force was my last chance to make something of my life, so I told myself I was going to do the very best I could possibly do at whatever the Air Force threw my way. Whether cleaning toilets or working on communication equipment, I was going to do my very best. That simple principle to excel took me from basic training honor graduate, to technical school academic achievement, to below the zone promotion and ultimately to the rank of chief master sergeant.

The Air Force officially adopted its Core Values in 1995, five years after I enlisted, so little did I know, I was simply practicing the Core Value of "Excellence in all you do."

There are two reasons I point this out to you now. First, if you follow the motto "Excellence in all you do," I guarantee you will succeed not only in your Air Force career, but in every aspect of your life. Secondly, this is a great message for the 50th Space Wing as we approach another inspection cycle. Strive to make your programs the absolute best they can be. If we all work toward excellence, there is no doubt we can take this wing to new heights.
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