"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Somebody Call a Whaambulance - A Squadron Commander Got Fired!

Sometimes I look around me and notice the evils of the world.  Poor people, theft, murder, children brought up in destitute homes.  I want to tell those people, "Look, at least you're not a public servant squadron commander who serves at the pleasure of his or her boss who gets removed from that position and has to suffer the humiliation of a generous pension and health care benefits for life."

Tony Carr has a fetish for his once top position, and his blog now hosts the whine letter of a former commander who chooses not to use his or her real name.  Tony has said previously that squadron commanders are the best the Air Force has to offer.  Of course anybody with half a brain knows that isn't the case and even Tony should know that, being that he continuously lambasts a leadership culture made up of former squadron commanders and decries their decisions to remove current squadron commanders.  But he likes to talk outside both orifices in order to maximize his readership/followership.

There is bad leadership in the Air Force.  There are also some good leaders.  Sometimes bad commanders are removed without a full record being supplied to Tony Carr for his approval, and sometimes good commanders are removed in the same way.

Get over it.

Commanders serve at the pleasure of those above them.  It's an additional duty, being a commander, just like SNACKO.  The cult of power and prestige blinds the insecure to this fact.  It's not noteworthy when a commander is removed from a position, and it's certainly not a tragedy.

If you are a legitimate public servant who enters a command position dead set on being a good leader, then you should hold your head up high when you are removed from that position for being a good leader.  Your career "sacrifice" (oh my) is for the benefit of those you purportedly served.  Good commanders enter that position willing and happy to fall on their swords for mission and people.  And they don't whine about being successful in that regard.

You were probably told by past superiors, peers and subordinates that you were on a high trajectory, and maybe you started to believe your own press. The reality is those dreams are shattered.

Stop whining like it's some kind of fatal wound and life defining and/or ruining experience.  Dreams shattered??  Rub some dirt on it.  Your whining doesn't lead me to believe you knew what was important and what wasn't, and makes me think perhaps the Air Force got it right by removing you.

If you need help coping, get it, plain and simple. Losing a job and moving rank in the top five of most stressful situation lists. Mental health still has a stigma that it shouldn’t, and you may even be improperly referred by your chain.

When you get removed from the SNACKO position, you don't lose your job.  You still have a job, you still get paid, so getting removed from a position is nowhere near the top five most stressful situations in any list.  But if this traumatic event is so earth shattering to you, you should seek mental health.  Perhaps have the counselor start off with hand puppets, and approach you as a three year old where your mental development apparently stopped.

Whatever you do, please stop whining online.  It's embarrassing that our service gave you a chance at command, but fortunately they've fixed the glitch.  Move along.

No comments:

Post a Comment