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Mission, priorities and vision are all about you

62nd Operations Group commander

Published: 05:15PM July 17th, 2014

Understanding the mission is essential for each one of us to define requirements for success. For Airmen in the 62nd Operations Group, we often think that launching aircraft and conducting global airlift is our mission. In fact, this task that you contribute to every day is the operational mission of our parent warfighting organization, the 18th Air Force.

Our role at JBLM is to provide the most essential resource in the 18th Air Force “to develop and sustain operational Airmen for global mobility employment.” Our mission statement, honed by all five of our squadron commanders, articulates our commitment to support the most critical element of Air Mobility: Airmen.

To aid in daily decision-making, we have established priorities to help allocate your time, level of effort, money, and hardware. They empower you to know what success looks like. As with our mission statement, our squadron commanders have focused our priorities on people.

Before expending your time and energy, ask yourself if what you are doing fits into our group’s priorities of “Mission Ready Airmen, Joint Integrated Training, and Developing Future Leaders.” If a task doesn’t seem to clearly link to a priority, then ask your chain of command to show you how it does. If the task does not support one of our priorities, work with your supervisors to redirect your valuable time to something that does. As professional service members, we owe each other this dialogue to ensure we use resources effectively and efficiently to achieve our mission.

If you are frustrated in your work, it is likely because the value of what you do isn’t clear, or you believe your tasks could be done much more efficiently if certain processes were adjusted. Don’t keep that inside. Be the professional to propose changes. You will be amazed at how your initiative really does make a difference.

Our mission tells us what we must do and our priorities shape how we use our resources. We also must be focused on the future and ready for changes ahead, supporting our vision of Mission Ready Airmen ... Poised for the Future.

You have the best vantage point to guide our group to the future.