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NEWS | March 1, 2011

Are we really that different?

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

As I was leaving my office and the national anthem began to play, while saluting the U.S. flag I began to reflect. We are all a part of a great nation built on working everyday to become a more perfect union. Yet, I do believe it's important to understand the unique backgrounds each of us bring with them. So I'm also a fan of learning opportunities that celebrate our diverse culture.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that those things that we have in common are the things that make us who we are. Those of us that have worn the uniform, past and present, or support those that wear the uniform have decided we care enough about our way of life to defend it with our lives. I also think most people want to live in decent neighborhoods, have employment and health security while establishing a leg up for their offspring. Although, I can notice the distinctions in people, such as color, gender, cultural traditions, and language to name a few; I still believe deep down that we aren't that different.

I believe our challenge is to take the opportunity to better understand each other, while all of us take care of our mission our families and our communities. We can equally celebrate the things we have in common while developing a strong knowledge of those unique attributes each of us bring to the table. If we are going to continue to become a more perfect union, then let's focus on those things that unite us, while eliminating those things that divide us. Are we really that different?