"...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

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Morale Ain't Dead Yet & George Knew That Would Be the Case

My last performance report ever.  Very well played!  It's a positive sign that some morale and humor was able to be squeaked out of a time consuming and seemingly pointless exercise in drudgery.  This is an indication of a healthy work environment, and I'm sure Robin Olds would agree.  I just wish that I would have seen the hidden Easter Egg without having to be told about it.  But I will admit that I'm not a smart man and have never been good with word puzzles.  Or even finding the hidden coins in Super Mario Brothers.

This now ranks as my second favorite Officer Performance Report (OPR) in all of my twenty years.  My favorite was a referral performance report for not obeying an unlawful order to violate our Constitution.  So while this one is admittedly a distant second, it's still awesome and I appreciate it on the way out the Big Blue door.  Thanks for the laugh.  It has increased my resiliency!

When humor and risk are dead in our service, pack it up and wave the white flag.  Morale is vitally important in our business, and while some might be tempted to think that fact can be masked, it becomes undeniable when it comes time to break the glass and deliver the product.

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