Serving others can offer sense of fulfillment

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Todd DeWolfe
  • 301st Fighter Wing
In my Air Force career, I have changed fields many times, always following the calling of service -- new fields and new training have helped keep me striving and provided extra incentive to reach for something new and different in my military career. 

Some of those career fields could be considered more glamorous than my new one, but I've never been as excited about my designation as I am now. Still, in all my excitement to identify my terms of service, I don't want to exalt myself. So, instead, I think my time might be best spent saying thank you for your service. 

The concept of service means different things to different people. To some, it's when they take their car in every three months. To others it's something people do for others. The term itself is often over used and under appreciated. It pervades corporate jargon and satisfaction surveys. Yet, here in the armed forces, we are well acquainted with what it really means to serve. 

We volunteer to serve others and protect the liberties of people we have never met. The chaplaincy is here to support all of you as this difficult task is carried out. The chaplaincy is in service to those who serve. I am blessed and fortunate to be the newest member of the chaplain family. 

So here is a thank you, from one Airman to all of you, for the many different things you all do in your own time and while you are here to make us all a success. Thank you for volunteering to protect our liberties and the freedom to worship as we choose. Thank you for the time spent away from your families during Unit Training Assemblies and deployments. 

A thank you goes out to your families as well for the many sacrifices they make. Thank you for the sense of camaraderie and family that's cultivated as we strive toward our common goal. And most of all, thank you for your willingness to serve and for remembering the true definition of service. 

"For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." [Mark 10:45] May God bless us all.
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