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Complacency: being continuously ready

“Oh, we'll never do that. There is no way the aircraft will ever be deployed to that location. We'll never need to fight in an environment like that. I don't know why we're doing this training since I'll never need to use it.” Sound familiar?

If I only had a dollar for each time I've heard someone say these things. I know a Chief Master Sergeant that passionately tells a story which goes: "So there I was, a brand new Airman 1st Class sitting on the back of the airplane in route to an unknown location with newly issued chemical gear and atropine injectors that didn't say ‘for training use only’. My goodness, this is for real."

It was the day he realized that maybe, just maybe, he shouldn't have just clicked through all those computer-based trainings and perhaps paid just a little more attention during his chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive class.

Never forget that each of us wears the cloth of our nation and with that comes the responsibility that we could be called at any time to defend her with our life. Our adversaries are continuously enhancing their capabilities and altering their tactics which make our ways of doing business obsolete.

We must continuously stand ready to employ both ourselves and our weapons systems in new and unpredictable manners if we hope to keep our enemies on defense.

Don't allow yourself to become complacent and one day have reality set in while being issued a functional M-4 and being asked to man a post.