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Brig. Gen. Michael A. Fantini
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82nd TRW commander: "Be professional, positive and proud!"

Posted 4/27/2012   Updated 4/27/2012 Email story   Print story


by Brig. Gen. Michael Fantini
82nd Training Wing

4/27/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Team Sheppard--

It's here--the long-awaited compliance inspection begins Monday for both Sheppard wings. Next week the main focus will be on the 80th Flying Training Wing, with the 82nd Medical Group and 82nd Mission Support Group beginning the mission support elements for the 80th's flying we start next week...we'll all be under the proverbial microscope, too.

We've prepared well, and frankly I'm excited. I've only been on station for a couple of weeks, but I'm impressed with what I've seen--from the leadership team that's helped me get integrated into the mission quickly, to the energizing experiences I've had with our amazing NCOs and Airmen.

We have a great team, a great mission and we're prepared. I'm confident we'll do well.

I have just three words of advice at this point: be professional, be positive and be proud.

Be Professional

There's a difference between an expert technician and a professional Airman, and by "Airman" I mean everyone on the team, military and civilian.

Being an expert technician is all about the brain; you know the job and do it because it has to get done. That's not a bad thing, but being a professional Airman takes something more.

Being a professional Airman is all about the heart. It's about integrity, dedication, excellence and commitment. A professional Airman knows the job and does it because they believe in the organization and are committed to the mission. They do the job and whatever else it takes for the team to succeed.

Strive to be that kind of Airman.

Be Positive

After all the self-inspections, exercises and checklists, it's all about attitude now.

When that inspector walks into your shop, be positive. Be excited about your job, your unit and your mission. Tell them about the great things you do every day to deliver combat capability to our Air Force

Don't get me wrong: I'm not asking you to schmooze your inspector or blow smoke at them. If you have issues or challenges, be up front about it and tell them what you're doing to fix things. But it's not the time to air grievances or complain about the system, either.

Support your team and accentuate the positive.

Be Proud

We are the Air Force's premier training base, you know it and I know it. We trained almost 80,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines last year to go out and do the nation's business. Every Airman, every base and every sortie the Air Force flies is directly impacted by what we do here every day. When bombs hit targets anywhere in the world, it's because you trained the Airmen who made it happen.

We have a lot to be proud of, so be proud. Tell the inspectors your story. Show off your strengths and best practices - be professional, but don't be shy. Show them why you're the best in the business.

Be professional, be positive and be proud. If we do those things, we'll succeed with flying colors.

Thanks for all the hard work you've all put in over the past few months, and all you do every day to build the Air Force of tomorrow--which after all is what we're really all about. I am proud to be part of the team.

Go get 'em!
Brigadier General Mike Fantini
Commander, 82nd Training Wing

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