Posted on Feb 28, 2015
SFC Retention and Transition NCO (USAR)
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CPT Catherine R.
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Staff time. Being able to work with a team who doesn't always agree AND have a plan, contingency plan and alternate contingency already thought out is head and shoulders ahead of many. Plus the ability to make a decision with the information at hand. It drives me insane watching people have 4 hour meetings to discuss and yet no decision about anything is ever made!
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SSgt Herb King
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I was a volunteer firefighter before joining the AF but was trained in Crash Rescue and Structural firefighting. This gave me a leg up in obtaining a Civil Service Job as a Firefighter as NAS Willow Grove where I spent 28 years in every position from rescue, EMT, Haz-Mat, Structural and Aircraft Crash Fire Rescue, VRT, and training. Retired from the Navy Civil Service and worked as a Safety manager at a 240 bed hospital, running the Fire and Security departments for another 12 years. So my USAF experience led to a wonderful career where I have interacted with thousands of other Fire Dept and safety personnel all over the country.
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CPT Alan W.
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Simple things like 1. always putting something back where it belongs (so you can find it again easily in in your ruck in the dark), or 2. the understanding that "a pilot is only as good as his next landing". Or, 3. treating everyone with dignity and respect. Or, 4. knowing everyone has something meaningful to contribute (it takes all kinds of people to make the Army go). And finally, 5. don't make a decision until you absolutely have to, and then don't fall in love with it and marry it.

I was taught these, to some extent, growing up, but it wasn't until I was in Army that I saw them in action and how well they worked.
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