A Note From The Commander:
Sun Tzu once said: “The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.” Therefore, as Cadets, as United States Citizens, as North Carolina State University students seeking to serve your nation, your community and our University, you will always be viewed as the highest representation of our country, our community and the University. This is an honor and a privilege, one that upholds a 125-year rich North Carolina State University ROTC legacy.
This honor must be respected and its integrity maintained through faith in one another and the actions we take as Detachment 595. The people of Raleigh view our behavior as a reflection of our individual values, standards, and morals. This Detachment, the University, and its 125 year legacy ultimately belong to you. Therefore, it is important that we maintain the highest standard of personal conduct and behave in a manner that is in keeping with the ideals of our nation, our community at large, and the honor of being a future United States Air Force service member.
This is a serious matter and an oath to serve that cannot be taken lightly. After all, it is another person’s life you are risking or putting at risk by your behavior. If you have never considered this before, it matters most in the face of combat operations. In combat, there is no such thing as “personal” anything.
We invest daily in our cadets at Detachment 595. You will become an integral member of a tight knit team in the blink of an an eye but, this does not come easy nor is it given away for free. It requires personal investment in the team and an almost constant sacrifice for it. Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” You can be shy, rich, poor, smart, unpopular, edgy, cool, strong, or weak…it doesn’t mean anything to anyone out there deployed with you and holding that line in the sand by your side. The only thing that matters when deployed is your personal level of dedication and commitment to the rest of the group, the team, your unit.
As Commander my Top Priorities are:
- Focused workouts of the mind and body
- Plan and conduct safe, effective and efficient operations
- Persistent, culturally-attuned and/or sensitive Campus and Community engagements
Organize, train and equip our team (Sustain and Modernize):
- EDUCATION FIRST! Be mindful that education is “mission critical” to ROTC
- Equip the frontline cadet with whatever they may need to be more successful
- Capture lessons learned and understand nothing out performs a solid after-action review
Develop and support the Cadet and their families, our family:
- Know your people (strengths and weaknesses)
- Accountability: Focus is on leaders to take best care of their people
- Train and educate the “Joint Warrior Diplomat”
In summation, I view every prospective Airman as serving as an ambassador of this community and this University. I urge you to conduct yourself in a manner that displays sensitivity to culture, reflects positively on our nation and enhances our reputation within the local community which we have each chosen to serve. One team, one fight. This is our time. Let’s always focus on serving with distinction and to return to our homes, our dorms each night with the honor that we have earned the right to stand next to the heroes of our past. Starve Alone – Feast Together!
JAYSON ALLEN, Lt Col, USAF
Commander, AFROTC Det 595, NCSU