Back in April 1988, I attended a Non-commissioned officer (NCO) Appointment Ceremony on Buckley Air National Guard Base, near Denver, Colorado. Enlisted troops were making the transition from senior airman to buck sergeant – newly minted NCOs.
I had a special role in the ceremony. I was asked to be the guest speaker. I accepted. I was honored. Here’s what I shared with the new NCOs.
NCO Appointment Ceremony Speech
In almost seven years of service, I’ve always heard and read about what officers expect of their NCOs and what NCOs expect of their airmen. The punishment for not meeting these expectations has always been clear – counseling, Letter of Reprimand, Article 15 or Courts Martial – depending on the severity of the missed expectation.
What I’ve heard and read virtually nothing about is what NCOs expect of their officers and what airmen expect of their NCOs! Certainly, the punishment for a leader who does not meet the expectations of his troops is not so clear. I’ve never heard of an airman giving an Article 15 to an NCO!
So, I sent an article.
And, they published it.
I was happy. My guest blogging career had begun.
And, they seemed happy. They got another blogger that writes to their liking and in their genre.
Looks like a win-win.
I’ve already submitted my second article. Seeing the first one published motivated me to write more.
In my latest book Dreams of the Philippines, (out soon) I write about arriving at Clark Air Base for the first time. I sat anxiously in the windowless cargo bay of a C-141 Starlifter military transport aircraft. It was pure adventure. Here’s an excerpt from the book …
I closed my eyes as I waited anxiously for the wheels to touch the runway. I was excited about the prospect of visiting the Philippines. I’d heard about it. I’d listened to the stories from the troops stationed there. I’d read books about it. I read the boring encyclopedia articles about it. Even the boring entries sounded exciting.
The Philippines – made up of over seven thousand islands. What’s the exact number? Who knows? A Filipina beauty pageant contestant explained it best. One of the judges asked, “How many islands are there in the Philippines?” Her reply drew great laughter, applause and admiration, “Do you mean high tide or low tide?”
If there’s anyone out there who’s never had a fresh, ripe, Philippine mango, I highly encourage you to go get one now. Drop everything you’re doing and get that mango. Take the next flight to Manila. Do whatever you have to do to get that mango. It’s all about enjoying life … and eating a fresh, ripe, Philippine mango is about as good as life gets!
My First Mango
“What’s that?” I asked, pointing to an exotic-looking fruit.
The lady finished peeling a piece of fruit for another customer and then answered my question, “It’s a mango; ever had one before?”
“It’s delicious,” she said. “You got to try it.”
I’m reading a book by James Altucher titled The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth.What does this have to do with cancer?
Well, it turns out … a lot.
You see, James highlights areas he feels are the up and coming trends and the first one he lists is “Biotech.” He goes on to explain exactly why he invests in companies and technologies that diagnose cancer. But – and here’s the big takeaway – he doesn’t go near companies looking for a cure! He’s even gracious enough to explain why he stays away – far away – from any companies and/or technologies involved in searching for a cure. I’ll let you hear it from James as he explains it on page 152 as follows: