Former wing commander gives CAFB words of encouragement
By Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell, 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 15, 2007
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --
Major Gen. Jack Catton, Director of Requirements Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va. and former 14th Flying Training Wing Commander, spoke at the graduation ceremony Friday for SUPT class 07-06.
During his speech to the most recent class of Air Force pilots, General Catton gave graduates words of encouragement, advice and a few good laughs. He also gave the pilots and the audience a brief history lesson on the aircrafts that they would be flying. He was able to educate all on the advances the Air Force is making on these aircrafts.
"The best advice I can give anyone is to live the Air Force core values in their everyday life and don't treat it just as a slogan," said General Catton.
During his speech General Catton said this to the graduating pilots, "Blaze on. By this I mean be honest in everything you do. Do what is right even when it is hard and when nobody is looking. Respect your teammates no matter their race, gender or creed. Be a good wingman and be willing and able to support your teammates in whatever you are asked to do."
He ended the speech with a thought for all to ponder. "America isn't counting on the aircraft you fly to keep her free. America is counting on you. So serve your nation well," said General Catton.
General Catton has seen many positive improvements to the Columbus AFB since his last visit. He spoke of the new fire house that is under construction and the new RAPCON tower. He was most impressed with the things that have not changed here at CAFB. "More importantly is what hasn't changed. And what has not changed is the attitude about the importance of raising up, not only new pilots, but men and women of integrity."
General Catton also sent his congratulations to the entire BLAZE Team for being selected as a finalist for the Installation Excellence Award. He was quick to contribute the nomination to the "wonderful attitudes" that encompass BLAZE members. "There is an obvious attitude of excellence and pride in the base and it shows," said General Catton. And he believes that the motto that he fathered ten years ago still stands today. Columbus AFB is still building leaders, advancing integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do.