New Beginnings

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  • By Master Sgt. Stentsen Ellenburg
  • 117th Mission Support Group

New beginnings are always an exciting time.  Whether it is a new job or hobby, the start of a new beginning in your life can be filled with great excitement.  This fresh start encourages us to be the best we can be in our new role or adventure.

A new job pushes us to impress our boss and coworkers by taking great initiative to complete tasks with perfection and ahead of schedule.  Having attention to detail combined with the ability to multi-task helps build camaraderie and trust within an organization.

Another exciting new beginning is the start of a new year.  This is a time where most people make New Year’s resolutions.  Anything from weight loss and exercise to learning a new language or finally starting on a Community College of the Air Force degree are possible goals to reach in the upcoming year.

Far too often these goals or resolutions are forgotten or put on the back burner and replaced with other things in our busy lives.  Taking our kids to practice, field trips, and family emergencies can take the place of our personal goals where we fall short of completing or not even starting these goals.

The good news is that we do not have just one opportunity a year to try to achieve these goals we have set out for ourselves.  The old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again,” plays true in this situation.  There is no need to wait until the next year to begin the exciting phase of a goal, job or resolution.  There is no limitation on making these goals or impressions.  Every day is available for a new beginning.

As I begin my new phase in the Air National Guard as a First Sergeant, I have set a goal to treat every day as a new beginning.  My goal will be to impress everyone who comes to me for help like it is my sole mission to meet their expectations.  Every day that I come into drill I want to have the same fire for the job as I did on the first day I walked into the office.  I want my uniform spotless, my mind ready to work, and excited about the day before me.  

I challenge everyone in the 117th Mission Support Group to treat every day like a new beginning with the correct attitude, mindset, and compassion they have bestowed in the past to ensure that our Air Force family continues to be great and mission ready!