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Everyone has the responsibility of leadership

Posted 10/29/2010   Updated 10/29/2010 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Schwenk
612th Air Base Squadron command chief

10/29/2010 - SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras -- This morning I got to go to a meeting and at end of the meeting we talked about leadership. We don't all get to go to a daily meeting and finish up talking about leadership. So I thought I would share these thoughts.

It is important to reflect. Soto Cano is a unique place to work and play. We have a great Morale, Welfare and Readiness program with all kinds of opportunities. Besides that, we always seem to have a lot of events and activities going on.

With that being said, every once in a while it is good to have a reminder of why we are here. We are a guest in a country to do what we do (regardless of your job set).

But we must always remember to take care of each other. That is what we do. We police ourselves. We ARE the profession of arms.

I/we must have a good sense of situational awareness of what is going on around me/us. Both professionally and personally.

I/we need to keep my lens clean. To me, that means regardless of whatever fun activity I'm doing, I must never forgot why I'm here, and have a focus for that duty. I need to be aware of what I'm doing. I need to know where the center line is and I have to remind myself of that some time. Every once in a while somebody (a Wingman or Battle Buddy) might need to remind me, and that is okay. That is what leadership and teamwork is all about.

Regardless of rank we are all leaders. From the junior ranking person to the most senior ranking person, we can all lead by example by the way we carry ourselves.

As we roll into this weekend, please think about these type of things. Be safe out there! See you around the base.

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