Families supporting Airmen are heroes too

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  • By Lt. Col. James Shigekane
  • 10th Airlift Squadron commander
The Airman's Creed states: "I am an American Airman. I am a Warrior. I have answered my nation's call." 

In this current period of frequent and numerous deployments and temporary duty assignments, our active duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel are increasingly required to "answer our Nation's call" by fulfilling our duties abroad. That is what we train for, that is our duty, and we are the best in the world at it! 

However, we must not forget that every Airman who deploys leaves behind a family. As we leave to honor our obligations, their workload doubles. Kids still need to be fed, bathed, and taken to school and various after school activities. Houses still need cleaning, vehicles and yards need maintenance, bills keep coming and loved ones must shoulder all of this without us! 

Although difficult, our families will not complain, they will press on, like the warriors we train our Airmen to be. They take it all in stride and accomplish what I consider to be incredible. 

Today we celebrate Military Spouses' Day. On Sunday, we celebrate Mother's Day, and on June 15, we celebrate Father's Day. For military families, these days are of special significance. Some families will not be together to celebrate these days and will realize even more the meaning and importance of such recognition. 

Please take time to thank, honor and recognize our spouses and families for their sacrifices and dedication to our country. 

While we are fortunate to be home, please take the time to invest in your families and in one another. Each moment together is precious and should not be taken for granted. Make the most of every day. Make it your goal to be home for dinner. Skip a round of golf for a picnic at the park. Trade in a fishing trip for a date with your spouse. You will be glad you did! Thank you to all the spouses and families for your continued love and support. We cannot win this war without our Warriors at Home! 

This month, put a different spin on our Airmen's Creed: 

I am an American Airman.
I am a warrior.
I have answered my nation's call. 

I am an American Airman.
I am also a Spouse, a Parent, a Partner, a Friend.
As I hone my skills and prepare for battle,
I must exert the same effort to excel at home! 

I am an American Airman.
I am a leader in my Family!
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.