It's not all about you

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- How many times have you been recognized with a medal or award? When you accepted your recognition, who did you thank? Did you thank your subordinates, superiors, family and friends for helping you succeed? Is there anyone you forgot to thank?

We have ample opportunities in our military service to accomplish tremendous things and to be recognized for those accomplishments. As leaders we are encouraged to recognize our deserving Airmen. We prepare a litany of achievements, all noteworthy of the individual's success. We organize the appropriate setting for the right people to attend and witness the event. We graciously accept our recognition with a smile.

But what led us to this recognition? Who really laid the foundation for such opportunities? Was it just our subordinates, superiors, family and friends, or are we missing someone?

Recognition can be defined as the process of recognizing someone by remembering. Memorial Day is a day of recognition and a day of remembrance. It is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service: those countless men and women who sacrificed all to give us and our nation such wonderful opportunities for success.

From this day on, I would ask you to honestly remember our fallen service members on Memorial Day and at any opportunity you have to say thank you for their ultimate sacrifice.