Civil Air Patrol

May Commander’s Corner

rose headshotWisconsin Wing Team Members,

I would like for us to pause for a few moments as we head in to our busy season and reflect on the importance of What We Do and How We Do It. We are always dressed as the ambassadors of Civil Air Patrol and our parent company, the United States Air Force. People see our uniforms and have certain expectations because they don’t understand the differences. We are always on a stage and our actions speak even louder than our words.

We all want to do our best and perform to the high standards that are set out in our program. We must also have the same expectations of those members around us. We are ALL leaders whether we have a position or rank of a commander. How are we leading? How are we sharing Civil Air Patrol’s story? We are always on a stage in uniform and many are watching. What do they see in you?

I ask these questions after reading the article, Darker Shade of Blue. It reminded me how important it is that we are always walking the walk and not just talking the talk. I know the article is long but well worth the read. It is also well worth sharing.

And my favorite part of the message is the Prologue: “What’s the deal with this guy?” Captain Bill Kramer asked, indicating a car conspicuously parked in the center of the red-curbed “No Parking” zone adjacent to the wing headquarters building. It was a short walk from the HQ building, commonly referred to as The White House, to the parking lot where they had left their own vehicles while attending the briefing on the upcoming airshow. As they passed the illegally-parked car and then the various “reserved” spaces for the wing and operations group commanders, Lt Col Winslow turned to Captain Kramer, and replied, “That’s Bud’s car. He always parks there.” After a few more steps the Captain inquired, “How does he get away with that?” The Lieutenant Colonel reflected for a moment and responded, “I don’t know–he just does.”

Please always display our CORE VALUES. We took an oath!

All of your hard work and dedication is noticed and deeply appreciated. Always display our excellence in all we do and be safe out there. We NEED all of you.

Thank you for your service. I truly am the proudest wing commander in all of Civil Air Patrol

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