When the going gets tough

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kali L. Gradishar
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Many have heard the popular saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." But, in actuality, how many people have actually seen this verse put to action by those around them?

We may not always realize it, but every day Airmen make the decision to continue on their journey to provide mission-essential services.

There are times when we just want to sit down, take a rest and decide not to push forward with our daily tasks. There are times when we may feel like we want to just step away from our responsibilities and let someone else take care of them. Sometimes we want give up and walk out, letting others fill our shoes - either for the day or for the rest of our lives.

Though, there must be something that pulls us back into the race when times get tough, and that's when the tough - the Airmen - get going.

In general, U.S. Air Force Airmen are a different breed of human beings. Airmen make the decision to sign their names next to the big red "X," giving their lives for the next four, six, or twenty years to their country. Airmen choose the path of patriotism. They choose to sacrifice what they have so that others may have more.

Airmen are proud, dedicated and reliable.

And one extraordinary aspect of what it means to be an Airman: you're backup system is top notch. This not only encompasses the Wingman system, but the chain of command, as well.

This is a very important component to proving that when the tough gets going for the Airmen, the Airmen get going. When those turbulent times creep into our minds, relationships and environments, there is a heap of support at the ready to ensure triumph over the turmoil.

So then, who gets going when the going gets tough? From airman basic to general - they are our very own Air Force Airmen.