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Author: SMSgt Sam D’U
- If someone makes more money than you; call them Sir/Ma’am, Sergeant, or
by their operating initials if performing ATC (Air Traffic Control) duty
- Remember a Chief is always a CHIEF, no operating initials!
- If you're not listening or working in a position, always have an ATC
publication open in front of you.
- Never refuse to do a chow run.
- Never get visibly or noticeably upset when asked to do clean up or weeds
- Never get visibly or noticeably upset when someone else gets priority in
training over you. Discuss how you feel in private, tactfully, and only with
- Whenever you are the "new" person in an ATC facility; keep to yourself
for the first few weeks and get a feel for those you will be working with
and for before you start running your mouth. Don't try to be "one of the
guys" right away.
- Take pride in your uniform and never be a duffel bag (wearing your
uniform like a sack).
- Try to be the first to show up for work and the last to leave (don't be
- If you are going to be late; call first and always bring doughnuts (do
not make showing up late for work a habit).
- If you don't have INTEGRITY get some real quick.
- Keep track of all your accomplishments throughout the year and provide
this list to your supervisor when it comes time to write your EPR.
- Volunteer for additional duties and projects to the extent possible
(remember your training comes first though).
- Start going to school as soon as you can (take CLEP and
DANTES tests if you are unable to take classes).
- Serve at least one overseas tour before you decide to get out of the
- Learn anything the Air Force is willing to teach you for free.
- Take pride in your profession and never bad mouth it while you are still
receiving a paycheck.
- Learn as much about YOUR entitlements and benefits.
- When in doubt, SALUTE.
- Never try to duck away, or hide during RETREAT.
- Find someone in your organization whom you admire or who has their act
together and try to emulate that person to the extent possible without
losing sight of your own identity.
- Have confidence in yourself and always try to exceed standards (go above
and beyond what's expected).
- Don't keep secrets from your supervisor, make them feel comfortable
knowing you will come to them with problems.
- Remember a chain has many links when using the chain of command.
- Finally, if you need advice go to someone who has or is succeeding;
don't get it from those who are failing.
There is a lot of truth in these 25 comments, having learned 80% for
err. ATC can be replaced with anything, and the picture still remains.
Page Added on: 21 February 2006
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