Being best means change Published Nov. 5, 2009 By MSgt Barbara Therrien 301st Force Support Squadron 1st Sergeant NAS JRB FT WORTH, TX -- We are hands-down, the best Air Force in the world. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would argue that point, what they might argue is how we became the "best", I would argue that we became the best by adapting; we became the best by changing. We are bombarded by change, almost on a daily basis, new technologies are found, new discoveries are made or we find better ways to do something or make something better. Some changes we readily accept, even with open arms. Color televisions, for example (yes, there are some of us who actually had to watch black and white TV's, it was difficult, but we made it through). There are new ways to listen to music, new cell phone technology, and the list goes on and on. However, there are other changes that we don't so readily or happily accept... changes to uniforms, we've gone from khaki, to fatigues, to BDU's to ABU's; changes to Air Force Instructions, which, by the way used to be known as Air Force Regulations. There are usually two types of people when it comes to change, there are those that will say, "...this is the way it's always been done and it's always worked, why change it.", then there are those who believe there might be a better way to do something and are willing to take the chance. We did not become the best by sitting back and saying it's always worked, we've become the best by accepting, adapting and changing. The Air Force has a short history compared to the other services, but it is a history full of changes, we started as the Army Air Corp, and we have come 60+ years, getting better as we go. Will you be the one who sits back and says, "that's the ways it's always been done," or will you be the one who understands while change is not always easy, change is necessary? We ARE the BEST because we adapt, we change.