What is your legacy?
By Senior Master Sgt. Steve Caudill, 45th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Superintendent
/ Published February 16, 2012
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A few weeks ago, my neighbor and I had a discussion about some of the children in our neighborhood. He said a child is a reflection of his or her parents; the parents' "legacy," so to speak. Most parents expend a lot of effort developing their children into happy, healthy, well-adjusted members of society. And then some of those moms and dads turn their kids over to us ... as our newest Airmen.
Supervision of a first-term Airman or Company Grade Officer is the first step in the development of our Air Force's future. Most Airmen, officer and enlisted alike, are motivated, enthusiastic and ready to follow when they report to their first duty station.
Think back to when you first reported; was your supervisory chain equally enthusiastic? Are you now? Your commitment to lead directly correlates to your subordinate's commitment to follow.
You should strive to be the supervisor everyone wishes he had and would like to emulate. In order to do so you must commit to excellence in your primary duties. Knowledge of Air Force Instructions, Operating Instructions and Technical Orders is critical to establishing your credibility as a trainer and supervisor.
Take a hands-on approach to training and pass on your knowledge and job experience. Leading your Airmen from the front, being visible and enthusiastic, demonstrates your commitment to leadership on the job and generates enthusiastic followership from those around you.
You should strive to be the person others want to be like. Do you model integrity, service and excellence?
Our Air Force's Core Values set the foundation for leadership in our service. To be a good leader you must first be a good follower. A good follower enthusiastically accepts orders and regulations. A good leader expects nothing less of his subordinates. Set the expectation, lead by example, and hold people accountable.
What would your Airman's parents think about the way you are leading and teaching their child? Would they be proud of the military professional into whom you have molded them? Our people are the greatest asset of the greatest Air Force in the world. Are you committed to continuing that legacy?