Inspire positive change

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  • By Lt. Col. Cynthia Richards
  • 86th Airlift Wing director of staff
Our federal holidays commemorate momentous dates and people in history, giving us an opportunity to reflect on significant events and celebrate leaders that have shaped our great nation. On January 18th, we Americans will do just that as we honor and celebrate a man who inspired a country to change for the good of all.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated and ultimately gave his life in the pursuit of the American dream, that all men and women would be guaranteed the same unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. His dream, optimism, and perseverance against insurmountable odds inspired millions to come together and change a country forever. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech which is credited with prompting Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His vision for a better America was shared by millions of Americans of all races, colors and religions and instilled a sense of hope and dignity in underprivileged people around the world. Dr. King never lost sight of his vision and helped shape our current American way of life.

The men and women of our Air Force come from all walks of life, possess different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and exhibit this same vision for a better America. These men and women also make great sacrifices each and every day, and so do the families they leave behind when they are called to duty. As we continue through the "Year of the Air Force Family," remember to recognize the efforts of your fellow Airmen and the extraordinary efforts of their family members.

Just as Dr. King challenged the status quo to affect and inspire positive change, so too did a recent visitor to Ramstein, Simon Sinek, call for all Airmen to challenge the status quo and ask why we do what we do. As we approach this day of celebration, I ask each of you to reflect on the sacrifices Dr. King made and how he inspired change in not only our country but the entire world. As Airmen and Americans, think about how you can fulfill your dreams to change yourself, the Air Force, and our community here at Ramstein for the better.