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Keys to Success

by CMSAF James A. Roy
Exclusive for Air Force Live

Over the last three and a half years, many Airmen have asked me for tips to success in the Air Force. As I prepared for retirement, I compiled a list of a few things I think Airmen can do to achieve success.

1. Be great at what you do.
A young Airman’s most important task is to become proficient in his or her primary duty. Work toward being an expert in your field. You have to know your job inside and out to know how it could be done better. As we trade size for quality in our Air Force, we will need innovative subject matter experts more than ever.

2. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can.
Get outside your comfort zone and learn something new every chance you get. Approach every opportunity with an open mind, and trust the senior NCOs and officers who may see things in you that you don’t see. Apply for special duties, volunteer for leadership roles and seek education opportunities.

3. Be a bold leader.
Define success for the Airmen you supervise. Provide the resources they need and hold them accountable for achieving it. Deliver the required, appropriate feedback, and listen closely to your Airmen when they talk. What do they want? What do they need? How can you help? Tactfully and respectfully stand up for what’s right.

Hard to believe these simple things are the keys to success? It’s true. In the future, our Air Force will rely even more on Airmen to be great at what they do, to take on new challenges, and to accept increased leadership responsibilities.

I know you are up to the challenge.

Thank you for your service.


CMSAF James A. Roy
16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Week in Photos, Aug. 17, 2012

AF week in photos graphic

By Tanya Schusler
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Have you had a bad week? A great week? Whatever the case, you’re going to like this week’s batch of the best photos. It’s how people know it’s the end of the week. Check out what everyone’s talking about for yourself.

Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Higginbotham uses a concrete saw to cut out a piece of curb during the construction of a parking lot at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug.15, 2012. The parking lot will be a general parking lot for work centers around the area. Higginbotham is a 99th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment and pavements journeyman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes)

Week in Photos, Aug. 3, 2012

Air Force Week in Photos graphicBy By Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

This Air Force Week in Photos is pretty fly. Wouldn’t you say?

Photo: Paratroopers from U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo air craft as part of Arctic Thunder Open House 2012 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 29, 2012. Visitors from around Alaska came to JB Elmendorf to enjoy the performances and displays available. (U.S. Air Force photo byPercy G. Jones)

U.S. Airman competes in 2012 Olympics


Weston “Seth” Kelsey fencingBy Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Today is the opening day of the 2012 Olympics. It’s a big day for many athletes from around the world as they step onto an international stage to represent the excellence of their home nations. We wish the best to all the participants, but one in particular has a special cheer from the U.S. Air Force.

Weston “Seth” Kelsey is one of Team USA’s all-time most accomplished epee fencers, according to his Team USA bio. He’s also a U.S. Airman. As a captain with the 310th Force Support Squadron, Kelsey is not only representing America as a nation; he is representing the Air Force and the U.S. military.

“It’s awesome, I really like the Air Force and all the people that I work with,” Kelsey said. “I feel honored that I get to represent them. It’s that core value of excellence. It’s also a lot of pressure on the other hand. I have to bring my best game on the day that I compete because I know everyone’s going to be there watching and supporting me.”
Good luck to you, Captain. We’ll be cheering for you.

Contributions to this story were made by Senior Airman Elisa Labbe of 460th Space Wing Public Affairs.

Photo: Weston Kelsey, right, fences U.S. Olympic Training Center teammate Jimmy Moody on June 8, 2012. Kelsey, a former U.S. Air Force Academy fencer and now three-time Olympian, has been fencing for approximately 20 years. Kelsey is an Air Force captain with the 310th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

Week in Photos, July 6, 2012

By Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Air Force Week in Photos, July 6, 2012 — Hope you all enjoyed your Independence Day! If you fell asleep early and didn’t see any fireworks, we got some for you.

Photo: Fireworks burst over Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 4, 2012, during Celebrate America. The 374th Force Support Squadron provided Yokota AB residents and their guests with events for all ages. (U.S. Air Force photo)