Posted Sep 18th, 2017
Happy 70th Birthday USAF
Yep! The United States Air Force turns 70 today! (it's okay, you don't look a day over 50) Since some of us may be unfamiliar with this particular branch of the service, other than having airplanes, we thought we'd dive into the USAF with a personal look from one of GRE's very own staff members who retired from the USAF. Let's go back to when it all started, 1947.
Prior to 1947, the Air Force was an extension of other branches of service, mainly the Army. According to Military.com, the US Joint Cheifs of Staff decided to create a single Department of Defense for all military branches in 1947, and along with the passage of the National Security Act (signed by Truman) the US Air Force was born, Septemeber 18, 1947. The mission today of the United States Air Forces is to "fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace". And for many young people, the USAF makes a great career choice. Just like our own Haymeadow and GRE Administrator, Denise M.
Denise joined the Air Force out of high school and retired as a Chief! We asked Denise some questions about her service: Q: How did you Air Force career prepare you for being Administrator of GRE Property Management?A: The Air Force had required leadership training that taught me how to develop employees through effective feedback as well as leading by example. Being in the military, you must work, eat, sleep and play with each other. From this I gained a unique sense of camaraderie and appreciation for everyone in my unit, no matter their job title. To me, everyone is important to reaching company goals and I lead with that in mind. Q: What do you miss most about your time in the USAF??A: People helping people. I never felt alone, abandoned or shunned. It was each Airman's job to make sure the next Airman succeeded. This applied to their professional life as well as their personal needs. For instance, if I couldn't make it to work because my car broke down, my supervisor was expected to help me find a way to get there and help me get my problem addressed. Q: What would you say to someone considering a career in the USAF TODAY?A: It's a GREAT option. However, you should think about your future and set goals for yourself. Stay focused on your goals and find out how joining the Air Force can help you reach your goals. Break your goals into smaller, manageable and attainable parts then create timelines. Earn about educational opportunities offered by the Air Force...there are lots of them. Happy 70th Birthday, USAF! And thank you to Denise and the countless other airmen and women protecting our skies! And to YOU, thank you as always for reading and sharing!