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June Chief's Concerns

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  • By State Command Chief Master Sgt. Lawrence Crowson
Proud to Be an Airman on the Swamp Fox Team!

Nothing is as easy as it looks. Everything takes longer than you expect. And if anything can go wrong, it will at the worst possible moment, "Murphy's LAW".
Just like being an Airman on the Swamp Fox team takes time and many road blocks may come up. Pride in being on the Swamp Fox team takes on many forms, the way we wear our uniform, the efforts we put into our jobs, the attitude we display and the respect we show for our fellow Airmen.

I grew up on a farm in East Texas. I always worked very hard and wanted to make something of myself. We didn't have much money and certainly not enough for college. This is what led me to the Air Force recruiter's office and the opportunity to become an Airman. That was a great decision and being an Airman has been one of the blessings of my life.

I am very grateful to the McEntire leadership over my career that has provided me the opportunity to serve my country, raise my family, see the world, receive a first class education, learn many trades, make many friends and have the opportunity to lead other Airmen. I could never have imagined all of this would be possible when I was eight years old working in the cotton fields of East Texas. We all sometimes tend to take things for granted and want more, not cherishing what we actually have. The Air Force and the Air National Guard has given me so much.

As I look over my career, it isn't the awards, decorations, rank or recognition that I treasure. It is the people, our Airmen and the relationships along the way. I have been very fortunate that leaders have seen something in me to promote me into leadership positions along the way. These leadership positions have given me the opportunity to perform the mission, help and hopefully inspire others. I am very proud to be an Airman on the Swamp Fox team.

"Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other fields, on other days will bear the fruits of victory," Gen Douglas MacArthur.