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Being Faithful

Chief Master Sgt. Vic Guerra has served as the wing commad chief of the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh since January 2007. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Ann Young)

Chief Master Sgt. Vic Guerra has served as the wing commad chief of the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh since January 2007. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Ann Young)

Harrisburg -- What does The Airman's Creed mean to you? This is the second part of a four part series on what The Airman's Creed means to me. Hopefully you have already seen or read the creed, or have heard it recited.

The second part of The Airman's Creed reads:

I am an American Airman.
My mission is to Fly, Fight and Win.
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,
A Tradition of Honor,
And a Legacy of Valor.

I am an American Airman. This is what the creed in its entirety defines; what it means to be an American Airman.

My mission is to Fly, Fight and Win. Flying is much of what the Air National Guard and the Air Force are all about. But that isn't to say that everyone flies or is directly "in the fight" for that matter. The majority of us support the flying mission and the "fight" in various ways. Whether in an administrative, services, medical, support, security, weather, air traffic control, civil engineering, supply, aero port, communications, maintenance or operations function; we all support the mission, and "the fight", in our own important way.

I am faithful to a Proud Heritage, a Tradition of Honor and a Legacy of Valor. Heritage, tradition and legacy; these words pay tribute to all of the Airmen who came before us. We should take pride and satisfaction in what they built and left in our charge. A heritage of freedom and perseverance, as well as time honored beliefs, customs and practices.

Pride, honor and valor describe the mettle, the courage, determination and fortitude of these Airmen; especially those who served in times of war. Some of them giving the ultimate sacrifice in doing so.

Being faithful to a Proud Heritage, a Tradition of Honor and a Legacy of Valor, we should not only pay tribute to those that came before us, but endeavor to continue "the fight" ourselves. Continue to maintain and build upon the values and the foundation that has been entrusted to us by the Airmen who have come before us. And do so wherever our duty takes us; whether serving here at home or while deployed, be faithful.