Know Your Airman's Creed

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Gillaspy, 144th FW Command Chief
  • 144th Fighter Wing

Griffin Airmen,

Twenty-six years ago when I swore an oath to serve my Nation, the Airman’s Creed did not exist, yet every word of the Creed encompasses why I joined and why I have continued my service. The Airman’s Creed was introduced in 2007 by General T. Michael Moseley, the 18th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. In a letter, he wrote that one of his top priorities was to reinvigorate the warrior ethos in every Airman of our Total Force.

Whether we memorized it yesterday or we memorize it today, it exemplifies the warrior state of mind that we all must share. In those words, remember why you serve, and remember what that means. Remember that you are a “Guardian of Freedom and Justice.” We all must live the creed as we perform our mission to Fly, Fight and Win. We are each a “Wingmen, Leader, Warrior.” We are all Griffins!

I too want to “reinvigorate the warrior ethos.” It honors those who have served before me, those who serve beside me and those who will serve after me. We all must live the Airman’s Creed.

If you have forgotten or don’t know the Airman’s Creed, learn it.

Together, as Griffins we will recite the Airman’s Creed regularly. On Sunday, Apr. 10, 2022 during our wing all call, we will start with everyone saying the Airman’s Creed in unison, and then we will continue to incorporate the Airman’s Creed into all our official ceremonies: All calls, changes of command, reenlistments, enlistments, etc. Whenever we can recite the Airman’s Creed, we will. We will reinvigorate the warrior ethos together as one. As Griffins!

Thank you for being an American Airman!

Dawn M. Gillaspy, CMSgt CA ANG
Wing Command Chief
144th Fighter Wing
Fresno Air National Guard Base

The Airman’s Creed

I am an American Airman.
I am a Warrior.
I have answered my Nation’s call.

I am an American Airman.
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,
A Tradition of Honor,
And a Legacy of Valor.

I am an American Airman.
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,
My Nation’s Sword and Shield,
Its Sentry and Avenger.
I defend my Country with my Life.

I am an American Airman.
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.