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NEWS | April 28, 2011

This is not a Dry Run

By Command Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews command chief master sergeant

As we maintain an unrivaled defense of America ... it dawned on me that we aren't given second chances to get our mission done right. As American military servicemembers, we have one chance at life and what life holds for us. So, my challenge to you, as well as for myself, is to not function as though our life is a dry run.

Those around the world who are waiting for our support are counting on us and are taking our mission seriously. We must apply our training, focus and resources to ensure that when called we respond with pinpoint precision. This life is not a dry run. In your lives, do you apply this mindset, or do you function as though you will be able to go back and start over again?

Beyond our vital mission, are you living your life as though this is your only opportunity to maximize your potential? I sometimes reflect on people who become frustrated because they wake up and realize that they have not utilized time and opportunity to the greatest extent. Each one of us has gifts and talents, that if maximized, can benefit our workplace, families, and communities. This is not a dry run.

One of our core values, Excellence in all We Do, demands that we attack each day as a chance to grow and improve. Are we exhibiting excellence in all we do? The first place to check is in the mirror in the morning. Consider how physically, mentally, and spiritually fit you are. To live your life in an exceptional way requires you not to take a single day for granted.

To continue to be the best balanced Air Force in the world, our military, civilians, and families must understand that this is not a dry run.