Because Knowledge is Power
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There are many things you will hear the basics say and repeat at various points in the summer and even their career here at USAFA and the Air Force. Today we will feature two of them. The Airman's Creed and the Air Force Song.
The Airman’s Creed
I am an American Airman. I am a Warrior. I have answered my Nation’s call. 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. Guardian of Freedom and Justice, My Nation’s Sword and Shield, Its Sentry and Avenger. I defend my Country with my Life. I am an American Airman. Wingman, Leader, Warrior. I will never leave an Airman behind, I will never falter, And I will not fail.
Examination of the Creed:
I am an American Airman: Air Force members are defenders of the nation. Consider the importance. This phrase is repeated throughout the creed.
I am a Warrior: Airmen employ the world’s greatest airpower and go "outside the wire." Establishing air dominance or clearing roadside bombs, Airmen are there. Warriors.
I have answered my Nation’s call: Many enter the military for various reasons, but most join when they discover the pride in serving their country.
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win: Everything we do is to ensure mission success. We as Airmen will fight for what is right, and fight to win.
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage, A Tradition of Honor, And a Legacy of Valor: History makes you smarter, and heritage makes you prouder. Heritage is a reflection of our past and shapes us today.
Guardian of Freedom and Justice: A call to the Constitution. Airmen swear an oath to support and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic.
My Nation’s Sword and Shield, Its Sentry and Avenger: Airmen protect while taking the fight to those who threaten the American way of life. As avengers, they fight for those who have fallen.
I defend my Country with my Life: Airmen stand tall, and if necessary pay the ultimate price for their country and their countrymen.
Wingman, Leader, Warrior: As leaders and warriors, in time of war or peace, each Airman, to the best of their ability, is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of their fellow wingmen.
I will never leave an Airman behind, I will never falter, And I will not fail: As Airmen, no matter the situation, we all come home together. As Americans, we will not waiver in our decisions, and there is no way we accept failure.
The Air Force Song
Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun; Here they come zooming to meet our thunder, At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun! (Give 'er the gun!) Down we dive, spouting our flames from under, Off with one helluva roar! We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey! Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!
Rest your eyes, there are a lot of pictures coming in the next few days. We'd like to shout out to Kristina Paul for creating this!