Discipline core of all Airmen
By Col. Cary Chun, 50th Space Wing commander
/ Published October 27, 2008
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - --
President Harry S. Truman once said, "In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves...self-discipline with all of them came first."
President Truman's quote captures an important thought about discipline. It is through personal discipline - the actions that we take in life - that we plant the roots to our commitments, beliefs, dreams and our personal sense of correctness.
In our day-to-day lives, we are often pulled in conflicting directions. This at times can cause us to lose our perspective as to who we are and why we do what we do.
The Air Force helps us to stay focused by providing a set of core values to live by: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. These values, however, depend upon our personal discipline to stay focused and committed.
The fact is, everything we do as Airmen requires discipline -- the wear of the uniform, military customs and courtesies we adhere to as we greet one another, the can-do attitude while performing our mission, the pride and honor we show to our families, communities and country.
Air Force Space Command has marked this as the Year of Leadership. It is not surprising that discipline is one of the first areas to be addressed. Discipline is at the core of our lives as Airmen.
Our calling as Airmen is simple - it is to serve our country in whatever way needed. This is why we joined the Air Force. Discipline is a way to honor our sense of calling.
I encourage you to take some time to consider how discipline fits into your life. I will have more to say about this important subject at my commander's call at the end of the month.