“Congratulations SSgt Slater, you’ve been selected for promotion to TSgt.”
I have vivid memories of my commander visiting me to deliver this message in the Operations Training office at RAF Chicksands, England 20 years ago. Man, was I stoked; selected to TSgt with just six years in service. To be honest, humility took a serious backseat at that moment. I thought I was the man! Fortunately, I had a supervisor who knew better. As soon as the commander left, my supervisor invited me to step outside for a mentoring moment.