Faith, love, trust and dedication

The 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron takes a group photo June 6. Top row from left to right: Tech. Sgt. Travis Moss, Senior Master Sgt. Frank Graziano, Staff Sgt. Michael Sprinsteen. Bottom row from left to right: Airman 1st Class Anton Nasedkin, Airman 1st Class Beatrice Atkinson, Airman 1st Class Megan Frei, Airman 1st Class Asia Bell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa)

The 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron takes a group photo June 6. Top row from left to right: Tech. Sgt. Travis Moss, Senior Master Sgt. Frank Graziano, Staff Sgt. Michael Sprinsteen. Bottom row from left to right: Airman 1st Class Anton Nasedkin, Airman 1st Class Beatrice Atkinson, Airman 1st Class Megan Frei, Airman 1st Class Asia Bell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

I live by four words when it comes to the way I do work:  faith, love, trust and dedication.

You have to stay true to your faith.  You need to have faith in your god, country and family.  The big guy upstairs has blessed me with abilities and I share them with everyone I meet. You have to have faith in yourself, because you are an asset to the Air Force no matter what you are doing, so give 100 percent in all you do. 

Faith will set you up for success, but that is only step one.

You also need to love life, people, your job and your mission. 

When you love life, you can tackle any obstacle set in front of you with a smile and a positive attitude.  We are not perfect.  I have messed up in my career, but it is what you do after the fact that defines who you are.  You need to accept the "hiccup", learn from it and press forward.

Love your people, family, friends and fellow Airmen.  We are all brothers and sisters and if you take care of them they will take care of you.  Always remember we need to be each other's biggest fans. We can't always be the one recognized, so be genuine with others' accomplishments because they are a part of you, part of your family and your time will come.

Love your job; if you love what you do you will give it 100 percent.  It may have not been your first choice but there is a plan for you.  Everything happens for a reason, so capture the moment and the way you do business will drive how you do work.

Love the mission. We represent so much more than ourselves.  We serve for all those who have served before us and those that can't.  You are a special individual who is a part of the greatest team ever.  The mission is the reason why you get recognized and if you love it you will live it.

Trust in your team and in yourself.  You are only as strong as your weakest link, so make your weakest strong.  No one gets recognized on their own.  It is a team effort and if you trust in them, they will trust in you. 

My previous commander at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., trusted in me, and I gave her all I had to give to make sure I maintained her trust.  Here at Tyndall, we have a new squadron commander, and I will do the same for him.  When trust is given, you will be amazed at what people can accomplish. 

Last but not least, dedication is the cornerstone for all successful Airmen.  Your dedication to your faith, love of others, and trust in yourself will lead you to the promised land.  Promotion will come your way and recognition will as well. 

A dedicated Airman is an unstoppable Airman.  The men and women of the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron are the reason why I was recognized.  Their devotion inspired all they came in contact with. I was recognized, but if you look at the other squadron members, 42 members and four teams were also recognized with awards and recognition at all levels.  I represent them just as they represented me.  

Recognition may only identify one but they represent many. I am excited to be here at Tyndall now.  The folks of the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron are amazing.  We are the "Logistics Warriors" and we are ready to demonstrate our faith, love, trust, and dedication to the 325th Fighter Wing.  Never forget, no matter who you are, or what you do, you are recognized as an Airman and that is one of the greatest recognitions you will ever receive.