Persevere - Adapt - Evolve

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Deep budget cuts in military spending have haunted us for the past few years and it seems there is no end in sight. Year after year, the cuts have been causing great transformations in the military we once knew. These transformations can make us anxious, cause uncertainty and de-motivate us. We may feel unsettled about our future, fearful, and in doubt that we will have a job tomorrow. We may not feel like giving 100 percent effort to the mission. These thoughts and feelings are all real, we need to acknowledge them. However, we also need to get past the negative feelings because they can cause even greater problems in the workplace and for the Wing.

The theme of this year's Wing Ball was conceived from all the challenges we have encountered thus far and will, most likely, in the future. The theme, Persevere - Adapt - Evolve, is somewhat of a roadmap to combat these challenging times.

Persevere: First we must focus on our jobs. Distractions can cause mistakes, errors and in some cases in our business, cause a major disaster. Keeping focus will not only keep you from having detracting thoughts and mistakes it will also occupy your mind to help alleviate any anxiety. Find innovative ways to carry out the mission of the wing in the face of the reduction in funds or manpower. Stay professional and maintain the excellence in your work that you always have done. Take the time to think through important, career changing decisions. Lastly, know the facts about the defense cuts, do your research about how those cuts may affect the 127th. Share your knowledge, thoughts and ideas with your friends, family and this country's leadership as well.

Adapt: Find efficiencies, reduce waste in time, funds and resources. Work with your leadership to make proposed changes successful. Help find alternatives, seek state of the art systems and position yourself to be viable and relevant. Hone your operation to become the "go to" organization. Work yourself and your organization into a position where you become so valuable, big Air Force could not afford to do without you.

Evolve: Embrace change in the workplace. See and accept new opportunities. Get involved, think out of the box, and be open to new ways of doing business. The ability to evolve quickly and efficiently as the mission of the Air Force changes will position our Wing well as opposed to active duty units.

In conclusion, let's remember the famous quote by President Franklin D. Roosevelt "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." We cannot let fear of the unknown control our behavior, rather we should let our thoughts and actions embrace the challenge of change.

Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 97th year of continuous military air operations in 2014.