Whole-person concept and how it applies to you

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  • By by Brig. Gen. Rich Johnston
  • KMC and 86th Airlift Wing commander
Our servicemembers are the epitome of the whole-person concept. 

Yes, we ask you to do your job to the best of your ability - that's a given. But we also ask you to expand your education while also getting involved in your community.

The military believes in the whole-person concept, and I believe that this helps servicemembers develop into stronger leaders for the future.

It's all about becoming a more well-rounded Airman, Solider, Sailor, Marine or Coastguardsman.

When you achieve an academic degree, you increase your knowledge and marketability. When you volunteer your time to help your local community, you grow and flourish in many different ways.

Servicemembers are setting themselves up for success when they decide to branch out and gain the broad experience inherent in the whole-person concept.

You are already a valuable asset to our military; you already know the time and dedication it takes to be the best at what you do. But imagine a military where all of us are constantly striving to learn and become better "whole-persons."

There is no better time to pursue these goals than now. The holiday season is always full of volunteer opportunities. And why not start the new year by enrolling to start or finish a degree?

To find out more about education opportunities, Airmen can contact the Ramstein Education Center at 480-2032, and Soldiers can contact the Army Education Center on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center at 486-6797, on Kleber Kaserne at 483-8125 and on Rhine Ordnance Barracks at 493-2588. Check with your unit's chaplain or first sergeant to find out how you can volunteer.