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Cadet Emily MedinaImagine a C-130, all C-130s are airplanes but not all airplanesare C-130s. The same principle goes with leaders and follow-ers. All leaders are followers but not all followers are leaders.Both the leader’s and follower’s main goal is to get the jobdone, whatever that job may be. A follower is someone wholearns from leaders, from experience and from other follow-ers. A follower “follows” a leader. A leader creates the goalsand provides motivation for others to follow them, while theytoo are always learning. Which goes back to, “all leaders arefollowers but not all followers are leaders.There are five aspects of followership: respect for authority,positive attitude, integrity, self discipline, and listening. Re-spect for authority is shown by a salute. When rendered showsthat you are junior to that person, but more importantly, youacknowledge the hard work and effort that person has done toaccomplish what they have done.Attitude is defined as the state of mind behind one’s actions and thebest way to have a good attitude isthrough understanding. Attitude isprobably the most contagious of allthe follower traits. Integrity is likethe wings of an airplane. The air-plane represents you, the airaround the airplane represents lifein general and all the people in it, and the design and shape of the airplane represents your overall character. You can be thecoolest jet, but if you loose your integrity, if your wings breakoff, you will eventually crash. Discipline is doing what’s righteven though no one told you to do it. Self discipline is is nec-essary so the whole group can function as one. Listening isbeing open to others. It does not mean that if you are deaf youcan’t be a good follower. It means to be open to ideas and tobe able to interpret the speaker’s ideas and not words.
Could it be that some of the Leadership skills that CAPteaches are sinking in?Each week I await our meetings with anticipation, it neverfails that I am impressed with a leadership skill that I seefurther developed in one of our cadets. This week C/TSgtPeterman caught my attention. There just seemed to be adifference in his willingness to communicate, I can’t quiteput my finger on it, but I felt it. There has been growth,and I anticipate more.As we see more and more of our cadets selected for staff positions at encampments, we can look at our unit withpride and know that we are producing the leaders that CAPneeds. Congratulations, C/CMSgt Medina, on your selec-tion as 1st Sgt for summer encampment. C/SMSgt JHendler you provided excellent leadership at the springencampment and was recognized for your effort.You are finding that rank has its privileges, but it also carriesheavy responsibility. Responsibility provides challenges foreven more growth. You each have little engines, that whenencouraged, can make it over the mountain. We seniors areprivileged to walk beside you saying, “you can make it, youcan make it, yes you can!”If you can lead here, among your peers in CAP, you can betthat you will be seen as a leader at your schools, in yourcommunity, at your colleges, better prepared to lead yourfuture families, and at your work place, you should shine.As we make our change of cadet command, let’s take thetime to thank those who have set an excellent leadershipexample over these past months, and give a word of encour-agement to those who will now hold the reigns. Change ischallenging, but we are ready for it!Thank you, C/Capt Mangano, for your leadership. It hasbeen fantastic to work with you…I remember the firstboard we provided for you
we are chal-lenged
to provide a board that will challenge you!C/2Lt DeCraene, thank you for your willingness to providecadet leadership over the next year. We have already beenimpressed with your cadet staff selection, your ideas tomove us forward, and we are looking forward to squadrongrowth under your leadership.On another note: How about that color guard? We havehad some difficulty deciding who has time and energy forthis extra duty assignment, but cadets have stepped up tothe plate and gotten the job done. I appreciate your efforts;your practice is paying off…literally. Thank you, C/CMSgtMedina for seeing us through, and thank you to each of theCG team members and subs.With gratitude to each of you and to the senior memberswho are faithful in providing the framework,
Major Rhonda Anderson