Wow! I can’t believe that the last time I have posted on this website was a year ago! To my loyal readers out there (if any still exist) – thank you for the endless support. No, I have not abandon this blog like many others and migrated entirely to social media like Facebook and Twitter. The original intent of this blog was to allow me to voice my opinions and record my life journey along the way. Unfortunately, other important priorities appeared in my life and this resulted in the lack of time and energy to write and maintain the blog.
As I was reading past entries, I was amused by the sentence structure and grammatical errors. I thought of tidying each entry but that would be a daunting task. Perhaps, this would motivate me enough to embrace on a redesign of this site and at the same time, make corrections to the poorly written entries.
For now, I am trying to stay focus and concentrate on clearing my modules in the university for this semester. Hopefully, I will be able to find some extra time and work on this blog during the upcoming school vacation.
I’ve probably travelled more for work and leisure this year than in my entire life. Here is a list of cities I’ve spent one or more nights in 2010.
Fort Polk, LA*
El Paso, TX
Las Vegas, NV
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times.
The military culture is all about saying yes and executing whatever request that was issued from superiors, even if it seem impossible to fulfill. Most do not accept “no” for an answer and are never bothered at the process so long things gets done. There have been numerous occasion where I’ve witnessed the behavior and how uptight people gets, be it good or bad news.
I have absolutely no grudges against the high flyers in the organisation but what I find it disturbing is the lack of human touch towards the people, not to mention how the commoners tries very hard to leave a good impression for fear of repercussion. I’m sure there are guidelines as to how one should behave and the do’s and don’ts in order to maintain a certain status but this should not hinder the trust one should establish with the commoners.
Let me share an account from a colleague of mine whom had to deal with an unbelievable behavior of a senior commander while performing duties during one of the flight.
I was giving a safety brief to the passengers as part of the pre-boarding procedure, of which, there were two senior commanders. Throughout the brief, one of the colonel kept interrupting and attempted to challenge my professionalism and ability to control the passengers in the event of an emergency. The flight was carried out and during de-planning, the colonel tried to walk out of the aircraft when he was not suppose to. I grabbed his arms and he was startled at my determination before grinning.
On the contrary, here was what I recently witnessed while supporting a foreign unit operation:
A one-star general decided to board the aircraft with troops that were preparing to be deployed. He wanted to show his support and appreciation by observing their training. Throughout the flight, he refused to wear a headset connected to the aircraft communication system and sat near the rear of the aircraft where water was leaking onto him from a heavy downpour earlier, observing the troops parachuting out of the aircraft.
When the aircraft eventually landed, the general walked over and grabbed 3 bags of harnesses before walking out of the aircraft, leaving the jump-master chasing behind him.
Granted that the sight of this could be random, but such a small gesture from a one-star general would have easily gained the trust and respect of his men, as opposed to one whom is expected to be treated like a king.