Excellence in all we do

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  • By Lt. Col. Jeffrey Goggin
  • 349th Air Refueling Squadron commander
Excellence in all we do; the back bone of the U.S. Air Force Core Values. Excellence is being outstanding or outperforming the standard. This U.S. Air Force Core value helps to set the Air Force cultural norm on how we as Airman should perform any and all tasks.

This sounds good on paper, but how do leaders teach excellence?

There are a number of different techniques, but I'm a firm believer that experience is the best teacher. Timely feedback, along with experience, must be given by supervisors. The trick for supervisors is how to balance the experience and feedback to allow their Airman to internalize excellence. Experience is a far better teacher then either negative or positive feedback.

There is no finer feeling then looking back over a job and having the self-realization that they have completed a task in an excellence matter. Every Airman in the Air Force and the 22nd Air Refueling Wing has an important task that must be completed in order to accomplish the mission. When all of the tasks are completed in an excellence fashion, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.