Second-mile leaders—behind the scenes

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Scott Fuller
  • 319th Air Refueling Wing command chief
We have a tendency of focusing on those in uniform as our second-mile leaders. Although we have many Airmen stepping up to the daily challenge, there are countless others we cannot forget to recognize. There are many second-mile leaders working diligently behind the scenes that are often overlooked. For many years, these selfless servants have generously contributed their time, resources and ideas ... to the success of Team Grand Forks. Because these servants humbly do not desire recognition, they are the most deserving of recognition.

The second-mile leaders I want to highlight are the community leaders from the Grand Cities. In only two months of being at Grand Forks AFB, I have met numerous community leaders and have seen first-hand the compassion they have for our Airmen and their families. I have personally seen how engaged our community is involved with the base on so many levels and I am thankful.

After a long journey from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, my family and I arrived in Grand Forks in November 2008. This is our second tour at Grand Forks AFB and it feels like we've come home. Over the past 23 years, I have traveled to many locations throughout the world and never witnessed a finer group of leaders than we have met here in Grand Forks. 

The Grand Cities is currently competing to win the highly coveted 'Abilene Trophy' for the best supporting community and base relationship. Whether they win or not, I know in my heart that this truly has the most deserving group of selfless leaders I have worked with. 

My family and I are privileged and honored to serve in such a supportive community of second-mile leaders. I understand why so many 'blue-suiters' have decided to retire here and make Grand Forks their home.

One group of second-mile leaders to highlight is our seven ambassadors. These patriots are the epitome of 'selflessness.' They have been such a pleasure to work with and their commitment to the future of Grand Forks AFB is evident by their compassion and generosity. Another team of humble servants to recognize is The Chamber and the Military Affairs Committee. 

Collectively, they have provided countless provisions for our Airmen in so many ways. We appreciate their support more than they will know. And last, but certainly not least, is the hundreds of local businesses supporting The Chamber through membership. Their unwavering support has made an enormous impact on many Airmen and their families.

I am very excited about the challenges we will face in 2009! As we face adversity through our transition, I know our teammates from the Grand Cities will be by our side continuing their undying support of our Airmen and Team Grand Forks. 

Every Airman needs to realize we would not be able to enjoy all the quality of life initiatives provided without the wonderful leaders from our community. I ask each Airman to extend their appreciation to these selfless leaders and thank them for their support...they are the second-mile leaders--working behind the scenes.