Military life can be challenging. Frequent deployments and temporary duties, constantly moving to different commands all around the globe, and never staying in one location or with the same people for very long takes its toll on the service member and their family.
Any service member who signed up after 9/11 did so knowing that they would likely deploy to a hostile environment. We all do so willing and eager to serve our country with honor. We read the stories of our courageous brothers and sisters standing up for what they think is right and just, and we gladly follow in their footsteps, fueled by inspiration and ready to take on the world.
I used to wonder if people would look at me differently if they knew. Would they whisper about me? Would they tell others what happened? Does anyone actually have the guts to ask me what happened? Are they looking at me as the girl who’s related to a child killer?
Not unlike previous years, 2015 was a dynamic time for the Mighty 86th and Team Ramstein. We experienced operations, exercises, challenges and shifts — some planned, some not — while generating and employing air mobility, enabling theater and strategic airpower, and operating key Air Force power projection platforms. We supported allies and friends, built partnership capacity, enhanced readiness, and deterred threats as they emerged and developed. In the modern world, Team Ramstein must remain responsive and engaged to be effective, and 2015 saw us doing just that.
As another year approaches its end, it is time to reflect on the accomplishments and opportunities we had this past year.
I read the book “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek a couple years ago. His thoughts on achievement vs. success particularly resonated with me.
KMC, below I’m going to run down a few basic topics that have continuously come up during my 23-year career. Hopefully these will help you when you get hit by some of the tough decisions that will inevitably come up this week.
There are 10 different definitions for the word “honor” listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. I believe the two that apply best to those of us who serve are: “a keen sense of ethical conduct” and “one whose worth brings respect or fame.”
We live in an environment that is made up of ones and zeroes. It is more connected now than ever before. The Internet touches just about everything around us, whether we realize it or not.
I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me on several different occasions by the comptroller of a major command.