USAFE command chief encourages airman recognition

Chief Master Sgt.
Gary G. Coleman

Regardless of rank or time in the Air Force, recognizing a member for outstanding performance plays a huge part in individual and unit morale. Most of us simply want to know that what we do is appreciated.
Whether recognizing someone informally with a simple pat on the back, or through more formal channels like the quarterly and annual awards programs, acknowledging a member’s hard work is an outstanding motivational tool that builds confidence, fosters growth and encourages the learning process.
It also helps the subordinate to see the big picture – how their job contributes to the success of the organization and the overall unit mission – laying the path for future success.
In addition, providing outward and sincere recognition inspires others to do well. It creates an exponential effect with other members’ setting higher goals so that they too can be recognized. And, great performers enhance unit effectiveness.
All Air Force leaders are responsible for creating a work environment that inspires trust, teamwork, quality and pride.
While there are many different levels and aspects to this responsibility, providing encouragement through recognition is the foundational building block. It’s a duty that seems so simple, yet is often forgotten.
Every U.S. Air Forces in Europe member plays a vital role in our overall mission. Supervisors, take the time to recognize the hard work of your subordinates. Get involved. Know your people and their accomplishments, and when warranted, reward their efforts.
Highlighting a job well done today will produce better leaders tomorrow – it’s our responsibility.