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Chief's Corner - week of March 13

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air Force Core Values

Integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do, professionalism, pride, dedication, teamwork, dignity and respect are just words. You hear these words throughout the Air Force, but they do not really mean anything unless these words are supported by our actions. People may just use these words because it is the politically correct thing to do and that is the wrong reason. With the on-going force reduction initiatives, it is more important than ever that we live these words and show that we believe in what these words mean.

For some people, this could mean a fundamental shift in their work ethic. There are people who may have a tendency to take the easy way out rather than do the right thing because it may be less work or the easiest thing to do. Some people may choose to meet a suspense by any means necessary, rather than taking pride in what they are doing and using professionalism and dedication to get the job done right, the first time, on time.

We are professionals and we must live by the Air Force core values and we should add them to our core values.

During the Air Force Association Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said, "These core values are who we are. They are what we stand for and they are what this uniform represents. If there are people in the Air Force who don't think they stand for the same thing, if these don't represent their values, they need to find another profession."

We are professionals, take pride in what you do. Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.
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