Your legacy defined

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Russell Kuck
  • 62nd Airlift Wing command chief master sergeant
Recently, I caught myself thinking about my former supervisors and how each one played a part in my development as an Airman and as a chief. Some were exceptional examples of professionalism, commitment to duty and leadership, like my first one Staff Sgt. Henry Pregnall III, while others filled in the "what not to do" blanks in my leadership style. 

Their actions, or lack of action in some cases, formed a lasting impression on me. It is their legacy, or in other words, how they will be remembered as an Airman. 

Have no doubt, as supervisors your legacy is currently being written by those who look to you for leadership. They will remember your actions long after they've PCSed, retired or separated from the Air Force. 

Will your legacy be that of someone who was fair, consistent and honest, or are you creating an atmosphere of distrust and favoritism in your workcenter? Over time, will you be remembered as someone more worried about your career than those you're responsible for taking care of? 

Finally, when those you supervise find themselves looking back over their career years from now, will they credit their successes to you developing them to be the best Airmen they can be? 

This will be your legacy. While your awards and decorations may gather dust over time, your personal sacrifices, commitment to those you supervise and dedication to setting the example as a good Airman will stand the test of time. 

The greatest legacy you can leave for future Airmen is intangible -- typifying all the best qualities of an Airman. Hooah!