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Chiefs’ Corner - week of May 8

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Positive attitude

I am often asked by our junior enlisted Airmen how I became a chief master sergeant. After I tell them to live by the ideals of Air Force Instruction 1-1 and AFI 36-2618 each and every day, I go on and tell them truthfully that part of it was being in the right place at the right time and accepting the jobs the Air Force needed me to do without reservation. Whether the job entailed cutting grass and painting rocks or deconflicting radio frequency for all United States forces operating in Afghanistan, I did it to the best of my ability because the job needed to be done.

But more importantly, I let our junior enlisted Airmen know a positive attitude breeds success. I stress to them is a game changer not only for them, but for their organization as well. Positive attitude breeds success. A large part of how I made E-9 was listening to understand exactly what the boss wanted me to do and then gaining the understanding of how my efforts contributed to the organization's mission success. I tell them once they understand how their contributions help their organization make our Air Force the greatest in the world, they'll be unstoppable.
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