Air Force leaders: Core Values matter

Air Force leaders: Core Values matter

5 Apr 2014

The three top leaders of the US Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody, focused recently on the Air Force’s core values and how they impact the service and character of every person in the Air Force family.

The Civil Air Patrol is the uniformed auxiliary of the Air Force, and we adopt the Air Force’s core values of Integrity, Service, and Excellence, but then add to that foundation to reflect our unique mission: Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect.

The leaders’ statement, issued 13 March 2014, says:

Today we challenge each and every Airman to reaffirm their commitment to our core values by finding new ways to live these values each and every day. This reaffirmation will strengthen the trust between Airmen, and our commitment to one another. It also reassures the American public we are worthy of their trust.

The Sugar Valley Composite Squadron has focused on CAP’s core values from the beginning, and we look not only to each other and to CAP’s senior leaders, but also the the Air Force for ideas about how to live into those core values. Though our mission is not warfighting, our training in leadership, aerospace education, and search-and-rescue provides an important resource to enable the Air Force family to serve the country, and we indeed strive to be worthy of the trust of the Air Force and the American public, which funds much of our activity.

The Air Force’s senior leaders also spoke about the core values in video interviews:

How will you incorporate the core values into your life?

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