Hugh J. White Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Intl. Joins the Celebration

The chapter President spoke at this year’s dining out hosted at the Courtyard by Marriott.  The event began with a reception.  A tropical theme and energy permeated the room.The goal, to send off the over 20 graduating cadets to their first assignment.  The celebration included “Guess the Baby”, the infamous “Grog Bowl” and awards to outstanding cadets from each year group.The room was filled with family, friends, and significant others.  They awaited the arrival of the head table. The head table included their commander Lt Col. Abdulkhalik and cadet leaders Lindsay R. Wright and Eric D. Rachell and their guest.

A sabre honor guard provided an entrance tunnel for the graduating seniors.  Their names, degrees, and first assignments informed all that the military will be filled with a diverse and talent group of new officers. The calls to the grog bowl resulted in curious tale by a certain captain attempting to excuse his late arrival to a cadet test. Others also got to also sample the tropical mix..The evening ended with a speech that highlighted three important life lessons.

Historical examples of the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and personal anecdotes of a twenty-year career kept the audience’s attention.  Lesson one:  Know your job and what your boss thinks your job is.  Simply put the larger the gap, the increased likelihood of stress.  Lesson two:  Know your value both intrinsically and extrinsically.  The importance of having an internal value system and knowing how your boss determines your value are both key to success.  Lesson three: Know the importance of keeping a balance.  Work and life balance are important today, tomorrow and when we each reflect on our careers.