No job is more important than the one you serve now

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  • By Lt. Col. Sonya Collins
  • 22nd Services Squadron commander
There is a reason why you are assigned to your current military or civilian position. It may be due to a personal decision, a supervisory or leadership decision, or divine intervention. 

Either way you fulfilling an Air Force requirement and you have been identified to perform that specific duty. However, it is what you do with that position that will set you apart from the rest. It does not matter if you are in a high level leadership position, a flight chief, or a mechanic. Your job is important to the Air Force mission. As I have always been told, there is no job more important than the one you are doing right now. It could have major impacts on the mission and community and can open the door to positions that you really would like to be selected for in the future.

A story that I often share with others, when they are in pursuit of position change or advancement, involves my own personal experience as a second lieutenant. I was assigned to lead a baggage detail for over 100 leaders/dignitaries visiting the installation. My name was sent to protocol as a volunteer; I thought I would be escorting a high ranking general or distinguish visitor, not carrying their bags to their rooms. So what a surprise that was for me. I thought I had finally captured my dream to be an Air Force officer and lead the forces ... all leadership wanted me to do was lead a "bag drag". What a big pill to swallow. Once I got over the shock of it and began to attend the event planning meetings, I figured I should just do as I was told (telling myself over and over again that this is not what I signed up for when I agreed to enter the military).

As a second lieutenant, I was very fortunate to have leadership intervention so early in my Air Force career. A captain explained to me that "no job is more important than the one you are doing right now." She made me understand that I needed to do the very best job I could as the baggage detail leader; complete the task with excellence as the only acceptable goal and conduct it with the highest degree of honor and dignity. Each task must be completed with a sense of pride, not just because people are always watching how we perform our duties. Who knew that by transporting those bags on time to the correct rooms (the first try) that it would impact the ability of commanders/dignitaries to meet and execute decisions with lasting impact on mission accomplishment. An Air Force Achievement Medal was submitted and bestowed upon my baggage team; what an honor.

Always believe that your position has a meaningful purpose. Your task is to identify what impact it has on McConnell's community, mission and warfighter success. My personal belief is that we were sent to McConnell for a reason; seek to know why you are here and how can you contribute to McConnell's achievement of excellence in all that we do. This will help ensure that "We Lead."

Find the good things in all that you do and maintain a positive attitude. If you are giving 100-plus percent in your position, it will be noticed; maybe not today, but at some point your efforts will set you apart from the rest. AIR POWER!