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Pink and Blue are My Favorite Colors

PATRICK AFB, Fla. --      Those that know me well can easily attest that pink is my trademark--from pink pens, pink flamingos, and pink outfits, I can't deny that I love the color pink. However, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the Air Force blue that has run through my veins over the last twenty-two years of my military service. It is with the utmost pride that I have embraced the many opportunities to work with countless Airmen to help make our Air Force the premier leader in air, space, and cyberspace--and in my humble opinion, medical care, too!

     Even though I'm a nurse by trade, my leadership throughout the years has been focused on my four "P"s of wisdom--Passion, Pride, Progression, and Praise. While pink may start with "P", it didn't make the list. Finding the things that motivate you to excel, even if it's the simple act of putting on your military uniform each morning, is passion! Seek out what motivates you in your heart to do something that is bigger than yourself. Secondly, have pride in both the accomplishments you make along the way, and while you're at it, make sure you're proud of the success of both your leaders and your subordinates. Pride is always multi-directional. Next, ensure you continue to aim to the next higher level--progress in rank, education, and professionalism. Your initiative will lead your progression as a pivotal contributor as a role model Airman and citizen of the United States of America. Finally, ensure that you give credit where credit is due. Praise is a simple way to motivate people to continue their excellence, even if it's just a verbal "job well done".

     I must echo Oprah Winfrey's last words a few weeks ago and say that opening a new chapter in my life this month following my retirement is not bittersweet, but rather, all sweet. It is from my heart that I extend a sincere "thank you" to everyone for making my Air Force career one of the greatest experiences of my lifetime. Remember the 4 Ps, smile, laugh, and make good choices--and keep embracing blue as one of your favorite colors!