Similar core values guide Sailors and Airmen in today’s military

Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

Military technology is always evolving and advancing. Here at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), two notable examples of this evolution are the F-22 Raptors and the recent visit by USS Freedom. Those planes and that ship represent the cutting edge of combat hardware.

Yet while the nation’s military’s weapons and technology may change, one thing that does not change is the need for the U.S. armed forces to be staffed with men and women of high ethical and professional standards. To achieve this end, all branches have their own ethos and core values, which are vital to mission success.

“Our Navy core values are the words that each and every Sailor should live by,” said Navy Region Hawaii Command Master Chief Marcos Sibal. “Everything that we do in the Navy- whether in the command, out in the community and with our families-are guided by principles that make us Sailors professionals, respectful and dignified.”

An Air Force leader discussed the service’s values and their impact on Airmen.

“The time honored core values of our Airmen are ingrained in them from day one of signing on the dotted line,” said Chief Master Sergeant Karen Reed, Air Force senior enlisted advisor and superintendent, 647th Air Base Group.

“These core values help to instill a sense of pride and professionalism that form a lasting bond within our ranks. They are building blocks that help us to find common ground in such a diverse and constantly changing world … and help us to build resiliency and perseverance second to none,” Reed said.

Both the Air Force and the Navy have their own written codes to guide Airmen and Sailors. For the Air Force, the core values are integrity, service and excellence. The Navy ethos stresses the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Yet there is a great deal of overlap between the philosophies of the two services.

“I believe they go hand in hand beautifully,” said Reed. “From my vantage point as the joint base senior enlisted advisor, I have had the honor of watching our Navy counterparts as much as our Airmen, and I am impressed and humbled by their dedication to duty and to each other.”

For example, part of the Navy ethos states, “Integrity is the foundation of our conduct; respect for others is fundamental to our character; decisive leadership is crucial to our success.”

These virtues are also part of the Air Force core values, which describe integrity as “willingness to do what is right even when no one is looking” and states that “genuine respect involves viewing another person as an individual of fundamental worth.”

Over time, their respective ethos have served as guides for Sailors and Airmen.

“I think over the years both our Sailors and our civilian employees know and understand the Navy’s mission and the character we need to project, not only to our country but to our allies around the world,” said Sibal.

“The image of a professional Sailor and Navy civilian defines who we are as a Navy and what we stand for: defending our nation and protecting our Constitution,” he said.

“We have persevered and will continue to persevere through whatever is thrown our way because we have a belief in something larger and more important than just ourselves,” said Reed.

“We are the nation’s defenders, and we protect the rights of our people and our resolve is such that no matter what the pulse of the nation is our resolve stays the same; that is to protect the rights and freedom of our people. Our core values allow us to see past the feeling of the day and know that what we are doing and what we are charged with has a bigger meaning and cannot be swayed by opinion,” she continued.

And while the values stressed by the Navy (honor, courage and commitment) and Air Force (integrity, service and excellence) serve as important guideposts, they are not the only values Sailors and Airmen need to embrace.

“Almost one for one, our core values, no matter what service you’re in, are not limited to three,” said Sibal. “The rest we’ve learned from our parents, our friends and our associates.

“Any value or trait that makes a person better or makes a person do the right thing, no matter what, is a value or trait that can be applied in life, no matter what the profession or way of life. These values make us who we are as a people and as a nation,” Sibal said.

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