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    Quote Originally Posted by insidiousbookworm View Post
    Well, if he isn't reading it, at least someone here is. Here's the latest and greatest email--I did take out two words that are sort of mission related, but that doesn't affect the message at all.

    Oh, and it looks like the driving factor for all of this is... Embarassment.



    "BLUF: Answers to Airman’s Creed and Air Force Song requirements.

    Never thought I’d be compelled to answer the “Why’s” on this AGAIN, but after the Wing Chaplain asked for a sit-down with me this morning he passed on a perspective I hadn’t thought about.

    The Chaplain was worried about all the negative talk, blogs, and emails floating around cyberspace about my 5MT’s that he wanted to make sure I was aware of it. I told him that I was aware of everything since day 1, since I somewhat expected it. This wasn’t the first time I had used this particular 5MT. Then he asked me for more in-depth reasons behind the 5MTs I issue to the Enlisted, so I provided a few STRATEGIC reasons in short order. Basically, because he asked. After that short discussion, he fervently asked that I share those with you as well. I said that I would do so eventually…but he asked me again “with conviction” that I do it sooner as opposed to later. So I will.

    Here goes:
    In my first 5MT email I talked about changing the way we execute the Airman’s Creed and AF Song in public forums. Forums that are hosted by the Wing CC…my Boss. In other 5MT’s I talked about wear of the uniform issues and representing your units while you’re out and about on this base. You were asked to be Wingmen, Leaders, and Warriors in those regards as well.

    Now why would those be important? Two very basic reasons. Uniformity and discipline.
    Great in theory, but only worthwhile if we have an execution piece. That execution piece is right in front of us…and will continue to grow.

    Over the course of the next few months all eyes will be on this wing. Many high-level officials will be coming here to put eyes on our efforts. Senators, Congressmen, Service Secretaries, Senior COCOM leaders, and maybe even higher. Many of those folks will request an Airman’s call where we pack a couple hundred people into our Theater for a forum.
    As is the tradition, those forums will afford us TWO times where WE can execute something as a WING. Those times are when we recite the AC and sing the AFS. The very first time we did this as a wing was in a word…embarrassing. We can’t have that happen.

    Since 90% of those voices will be ENLISTED, 90% of the opportunity to show uniformity in those LIMITED engagements will be OURS. Similarly, 90% of the opportunity to look disjointed will be ours as well. Say what you may, but this is where we can collectively show pride for those Marauders not in attendance . Granted, there’s no technical sense or mission sense in reciting the Creed or Singing the Song. But for those who can and will, you can make a statement about being an American Airman and a Marauder. I’m confident that we’ll display being of one function, form, and voice during those Airman’s calls on the horizon. One of those is tomorrow afternoon and the CC will be leading us all in the Airman’s Creed and the AF Song. We won’t let him down.

    Our elected officials won’t get to see us perform at the tactical level and won’t watch our Aircrews as they maintain a 98% mission effectiveness rate. They won’t see the countless hours on post or our “hot & dirty” maintainers turning wrenches on the flight line. They’ll mostly get a mission brief and driving tour before an Airman’s call. What I hope they DO see in the Airman’s calls is the equivalent of the Pacific Islands’ “Haka”…a coordinated activity executed in unison to show that all of us are inextricable joined in the fight. Will this “Haka” make us play or fight better. No. Will it force our spectators to take notice? I can almost guarantee it.

    Our visitors will see very few Airman in the trenches. They’ll drive by and see people walking about. Their uniforms and personal grooming will speak for the wing as well. Good or bad…uniform wear is also a voice. The way we’re represented will speak for our entire service…especially if the viewing party is a coalition leader or US Government official.

    Finally, to clear-up the misconception about calling people out. Here’s how that will go down. It’s not going to be me doing the majority of the call-outs. It will primarily be the Junior Airmen calling us senior folks out. SFS folks are doing it now. Honor Guard members are doing that now. Sure, the CC and I have asked for gathered groups to recite in unison. Those who could…did. So, will I ever make a public spectacle of someone over this? Absolutely not. Will I ever humiliate someone over this? Never. Do I still expect folks to know it. Absolutely yes. Ask around…there haven’t been any Airmen singled out to recite. There have been groups though. And every sortie went perfectly.

    BOTTOM LINE: I guarantee that some will continue to poke holes and cast dispersions into this exercise in uniformity, leadership, and followership. Have at it. Some will argue that the words to the Creed are all just words. I guess that’s where the basic problem begins and ends.

    ROCK BOTTOM LINE: I’m more interested in the mission than ANYTHING else. I am more interested in our Airman than in our stuff. I am more interested in Professional Development than in making sure nobody gets their feelings hurt. I expect good order and discipline. And, if you remembered this from previous emails…I asked all of US to make the AC personal to you…especially since those stanzas begin with I.

    V/R"
    And there you have it, our dear Command Chief wants to look good for the higher ups coming through..what a waste of space this self absorbed blowhard is..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBaze View Post
    And there you have it, our dear Command Chief wants to look good for the higher ups coming through..what a waste of space this self absorbed blowhard is..
    You only needed to highlight the first 9 words of the paragraph - because that says it all..."Our elected officials won’t get to see us perform" If you want a "performance" - just have Tops in Blue put on a show while the DV's are in town.

    And how come he puts a "BLUF" at the top of his explanation letter, and then puts a "Bottom Line" and "Rock Bottom Line" in the conclusion? Is there a new Acronym being born? RBLUF

    Oh, and to those who keep referring to this distinguished CMSgt as an "Ass Clown" - you are way off-base, and insulting the masses of true "Ass Clowns" throughout the AF. This is something far worse. I don't believe the correct label has been identified yet to describe what this is...

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    Re: Any Truth In This?

    Quote Originally Posted by insidiousbookworm View Post
    Since 90% of those voices will be ENLISTED, 90% of the opportunity to show uniformity in those LIMITED engagements will be OURS. Similarly, 90% of the opportunity to look disjointed will be ours as well. Say what you may, but this is where we can collectively show pride for those Marauders not in attendance . Granted, there’s no technical sense or mission sense in reciting the Creed or Singing the Song. But for those who can and will, you can make a statement about being an American Airman and a Marauder. I’m confident that we’ll display being of one function, form, and voice during those Airman’s calls on the horizon. One of those is tomorrow afternoon and the CC will be leading us all in the Airman’s Creed and the AF Song. We won’t let him down.
    Does this ass clown (sorry, can't think of a better description tooltime) even know what Marauder means?


    ma•raud 
    verb (used without object)
    1. to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for booty: Freebooters were marauding all across the territory.
    verb (used with object)
    2. to raid for plunder (often used passively): At the war's end the country had been marauded by returning bands of soldiers.



    What a great message to send up to all those Senators and COCOM Commanders! I am sure they would love to hear about your Airman raping and pillaging the locals.

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    Since 90% of those voices will be ENLISTED, 90% of the opportunity to show uniformity in those LIMITED engagements will be OURS. Similarly, 90% of the opportunity to look disjointed will be ours as well. Say what you may, but this is where we can collectively show pride for those Marauders not in attendance . Granted, there’s no technical sense or mission sense in reciting the Creed or Singing the Song. But for those who can and will, you can make a statement about being an American Airman and a Marauder. I’m confident that we’ll display being of one function, form, and voice during those Airman’s calls on the horizon. One of those is tomorrow afternoon and the CC will be leading us all in the Airman’s Creed and the AF Song. We won’t let him down.
    Shouldn't he have ended this paragraph with "We will not falter, and WE WILL NOT FAIL!"

    Just sayin' - it's kind of like "Biff" on Back to the Future:

    "Why don't you make like a Tree - and Get Outta Here"

    Talk about a missed opportunity...

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    Re: Any Truth In This?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBaze View Post
    And there you have it, our dear Command Chief wants to look good for the higher ups coming through..what a waste of space this self absorbed blowhard is..

    If the only real view of the Air Force that the DV's and politicians are getting when they visit is of a big group of Airmen standing around, chanting like they're under some kind of mind control like in Orwell's 1984, that's nothing but two big scoops of FAIL right there.

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    Re: Any Truth In This?

    Quote Originally Posted by KellyinAvon View Post
    OK, I'll ask, "SPACES??? VOIDS??? WTF-OVER??!!"
    Here I've been trying to fill my spaces with voids, when all along I should have been filling my voids with spaces. Shrike...FAIL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grimreaper View Post
    Are those sunglasses I see hanging around his neck? I thought that wasn't allowed?
    There was a void around his neck. He meant to fill it with space, but mistakenly filled it with sunglasses instead.
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    Re: Any Truth In This?

    Quote Originally Posted by insidiousbookworm View Post
    Well, if he isn't reading it, at least someone here is. Here's the latest and greatest email--I did take out two words that are sort of mission related, but that doesn't affect the message at all.

    Oh, and it looks like the driving factor for all of this is... Embarassment.



    "BLUF: Answers to Airman’s Creed and Air Force Song requirements.

    Never thought I’d be compelled to answer the “Why’s” on this AGAIN, but after the Wing Chaplain asked for a sit-down with me this morning he passed on a perspective I hadn’t thought about.

    The Chaplain was worried about all the negative talk, blogs, and emails floating around cyberspace about my 5MT’s that he wanted to make sure I was aware of it. I told him that I was aware of everything since day 1, since I somewhat expected it. This wasn’t the first time I had used this particular 5MT. Then he asked me for more in-depth reasons behind the 5MTs I issue to the Enlisted, so I provided a few STRATEGIC reasons in short order. Basically, because he asked. After that short discussion, he fervently asked that I share those with you as well. I said that I would do so eventually…but he asked me again “with conviction” that I do it sooner as opposed to later. So I will.

    Here goes:
    In my first 5MT email I talked about changing the way we execute the Airman’s Creed and AF Song in public forums. Forums that are hosted by the Wing CC…my Boss. In other 5MT’s I talked about wear of the uniform issues and representing your units while you’re out and about on this base. You were asked to be Wingmen, Leaders, and Warriors in those regards as well.

    Now why would those be important? Two very basic reasons. Uniformity and discipline.
    Great in theory, but only worthwhile if we have an execution piece. That execution piece is right in front of us…and will continue to grow.

    Over the course of the next few months all eyes will be on this wing. Many high-level officials will be coming here to put eyes on our efforts. Senators, Congressmen, Service Secretaries, Senior COCOM leaders, and maybe even higher. Many of those folks will request an Airman’s call where we pack a couple hundred people into our Theater for a forum.
    As is the tradition, those forums will afford us TWO times where WE can execute something as a WING. Those times are when we recite the AC and sing the AFS. The very first time we did this as a wing was in a word…embarrassing. We can’t have that happen.

    Since 90% of those voices will be ENLISTED, 90% of the opportunity to show uniformity in those LIMITED engagements will be OURS. Similarly, 90% of the opportunity to look disjointed will be ours as well. Say what you may, but this is where we can collectively show pride for those Marauders not in attendance . Granted, there’s no technical sense or mission sense in reciting the Creed or Singing the Song. But for those who can and will, you can make a statement about being an American Airman and a Marauder. I’m confident that we’ll display being of one function, form, and voice during those Airman’s calls on the horizon. One of those is tomorrow afternoon and the CC will be leading us all in the Airman’s Creed and the AF Song. We won’t let him down.

    Our elected officials won’t get to see us perform at the tactical level and won’t watch our Aircrews as they maintain a 98% mission effectiveness rate. They won’t see the countless hours on post or our “hot & dirty” maintainers turning wrenches on the flight line. They’ll mostly get a mission brief and driving tour before an Airman’s call. What I hope they DO see in the Airman’s calls is the equivalent of the Pacific Islands’ “Haka”…a coordinated activity executed in unison to show that all of us are inextricable joined in the fight. Will this “Haka” make us play or fight better. No. Will it force our spectators to take notice? I can almost guarantee it.

    Our visitors will see very few Airman in the trenches. They’ll drive by and see people walking about. Their uniforms and personal grooming will speak for the wing as well. Good or bad…uniform wear is also a voice. The way we’re represented will speak for our entire service…especially if the viewing party is a coalition leader or US Government official.

    Finally, to clear-up the misconception about calling people out. Here’s how that will go down. It’s not going to be me doing the majority of the call-outs. It will primarily be the Junior Airmen calling us senior folks out. SFS folks are doing it now. Honor Guard members are doing that now. Sure, the CC and I have asked for gathered groups to recite in unison. Those who could…did. So, will I ever make a public spectacle of someone over this? Absolutely not. Will I ever humiliate someone over this? Never. Do I still expect folks to know it. Absolutely yes. Ask around…there haven’t been any Airmen singled out to recite. There have been groups though. And every sortie went perfectly.

    BOTTOM LINE: I guarantee that some will continue to poke holes and cast dispersions into this exercise in uniformity, leadership, and followership. Have at it. Some will argue that the words to the Creed are all just words. I guess that’s where the basic problem begins and ends.

    ROCK BOTTOM LINE: I’m more interested in the mission than ANYTHING else. I am more interested in our Airman than in our stuff. I am more interested in Professional Development than in making sure nobody gets their feelings hurt. I expect good order and discipline. And, if you remembered this from previous emails…I asked all of US to make the AC personal to you…especially since those stanzas begin with I.

    V/R"
    Who puts a BLUF, Bottom Line, and a "ROCK" Bottom Line in an e-mail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrike View Post
    There was a void around his neck. He meant to fill it with space, but mistakenly filled it with sunglasses instead.
    I hate when that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrike View Post
    Who puts a BLUF, Bottom Line, and a "ROCK" Bottom Line in an e-mail?
    LOL, someone who can't remember what they typed 5 minutes ago. That should probably tell ya that you darn email is too friggin' long.

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