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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Commentary: Lead with action

by Master Sgt. Kenneethia Kennard
48th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity

1/21/2015 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England  -- What type of leader are you?

Do you simply tell others what you expect, or do you show them with action?

As many know, this past Monday, Jan. 19, was reserved to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who led by example. He didn't just have a dream and tell others; he actively did his part to make that dream a reality. He led with action, even when it cost him his life.

The American theme remains the same each year: "Remember, Celebrate, Act! A Day on, Not a Day Off."

Its purpose is to ensure we remember the life of Dr. King, celebrate his tireless efforts toward justice and actively follow his example.

Dr. King led with action. He didn't just have a dream and tell others, no, he actively did his part to make that dream a reality.

Each day across the 48th Fighter Wing, we have an opportunity to do the same. The Liberty Wing mission requires leadership with action. When your subordinates see you leap forward with courage to conquer priority tasks, they learn to do the same at their level. When they see you ready when called to deploy, they learn to follow your example. When they see you lead now, instead of when you make the next rank, you show them how to become a premier Air Force asset.

Dr. King's observance is not just another day off work; it is a central beacon to our service. The day reminds us to never shy away from active leadership. Let the reason and symbolism of Dr. King's legacy live in your actions. Lead by example, with courage and determination, so our wing remains Forward, Ready, Now!

Be on the lookout for information about the 48th FW Heritage Day scheduled for Aug. 21. The team will be looking for people to Step Up and Step In. Let's unite the wing through cultural heritage and diversity.  For more information, contact the 48th FW Equal Opportunity office at DSN 226-2468.

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