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Don Wilson

Location:
Middletown, PA
Gender:
Male
Service:
Assistant / Deputy Chief
Status:
Military
Relationship Status:
Single
  • Br506
    E-7 Master Sergeant
  • R025
    AF Commendation
  • R883
    Meritorious Unit Award
  • Afoua-vsb
    AF Outstanding Unit Award w/V
  • Arfmsm-sb
    Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service
  • Ndsm-r
    National Defense Medal w/device
  • R307
    Iraq Campaign
  • R304
    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Afors-b
    AF Overseas Short Tour
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    AF Expeditionary Medal w/Gold Border
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    AF Expeditionary Medal
  • Afls-bbbb
    AF Longevity
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    Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • R845
    Expert (M-16)
  • R862
    AF Basic Training
  • Pacm
    PA Commendation Medal
  • Paguc
    PA Governor's Outstanding Unit Citation
  • Pa20ym
    PA 20 Year
  • Mtrwm
    Gen Thomas R. White Award
  • Gtjsm
    Gen Thomas J. Stewart Award

Personal

Hobbies:
Patch Collecting, Photography, Traveling,
Favorite Movies:
All the Bond movies
Favorite TV Shows:
CSI (all three of them)
Favorite Music:
A mix of styles

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April 14
ertinst was tagged "One very amazing and truly dedicated man" by Columbine.
August 17
ertinst is now friends with Columbine.
August 27
ertinst is now friends with johnestill.
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ertinst is now friends with viper77.
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    hey there... how are you? I just wanted to say hello... i hope all is well.. take care

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    hey there.. just wanted to say hello.. i hope all is well with you.. take care and be safe

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    over 5 years ago

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    I would like to thank for giving me the opportunity to speak to you on this Veteran’s Day observance. Veteran’s Day is more then just a day off of work or school, it is a day to honor and pay tribute to all of those men and women who answered duty’s call and served this country in the Armed Forces of the United States. How do we thank those who served, perhaps the words of Theodore Roosevelt sums it up best; ”the credit belongs to the one, who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who at best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if they fail while daring greatly, knows their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither Victory nor Defeat…”

    To all of you that have served and are serving in the US Army, the US Air Force, the US Navy, the US Coast Guard and the US Marine Corps…I say on behalf of all those gathered here, Thank You, for your duty, your honor and for the liberties and freedoms that your service to this country has provided to each and everyone one of us gathered here.

    The United States Air Force has a set of core values, they are; “Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do”. Each of you that have served or are serving in the military has demonstrated these very core values in your service. What do these core values actually mean or are they just words that are taught to new recruits at Basic Training. When asked, an Airman will tell you that “Integrity First” means doing the right thing even when no one is looking. You will be told that “Service Before Self” is putting military needs above your own and that “Excellence In All We Do” is doing your very best. Are these values something new or is there more to it then that? These values are based on the values and morals that are instilled in each of us at childhood. I was blessed to have a mother and a great grandmother, as well as many other role models, such as my scoutmaster, my coach and my step dad, who instilled in me the truth and meaning of those core values and truly lead by example.

    Proverbs 11:3 explains the core value of “Integrity First”, it says; “The integrity of the upright leads them”. Integrity is saying what you mean and meaning what you say. Ask a US Marine about integrity, they live and show it with their motto, “Semper Fidelis”. Ever Faithful…this is the meaning behind the words “Once a Marine Always a Marine”.

    Integrity and honor are not new concepts. Since the founding of this country, these values have been held dear by patriots. John Paul Jones, American Revolutionary War hero, stated, “I would lay down my life for America, but I cannot trifle with my honor.”

    Your personal integrity can not be taken away from you by another, but it can be lost by you based on your words and deeds. Actions do speak louder then words. Once you lose your integrity and honor it takes a great deal of time and effort to get it back. Men and women of integrity do the right thing not because it is convenient or there is no other option, men and women of integrity choose to do what is right because their character permits no less of them.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once said;”The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” In the mid 1960s there was a US Navy pilot who’s plane had been shot down and he was forced to eject, he was captured, beaten and taken to the infamous Hanoi Hilton. His injuries were severe and not treated properly, he was dumped in a cell and left to die, he was unable to even feed himself, his follow prisoners took care of him…”Integrity First”. Due to certain circumstances he was offered an early release from the enemy prison camp. I am sure many of us would have been eager to leave the confines of solitary confinement in a dark, damp cell. The pilot knew that his release would be a propaganda tool for the enemy. There was a Code…the code stated “you go home in the order of your capture”. The young pilot missed everything about America; he missed the freedom and the liberties that this great nation has to offer. He could have accepted the offer of an early release, but he turned it down. That is “Integrity First” in action. By now I am sure you have all figured out who the young pilot was, that young pilot was Sen. John McCain. How many of us today can walk that walk and talk the talk that is “Integrity First”?

    The second core value of the United States Air Force is “Service Before Self”. As I was thinking about the meaning of “Service Before Self”, I discovered these words written by a young man 232 years ago on a December night.

    "THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated."

    That young man was Thomas Paine and as I read this quote it seemed so appropriate for today...especially since recently we remembered the events of 7 years ago at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and at Shanksville. We are engaged in a war, not against tyranny but against terrorism. Read Paine's words and substitute Terrorism for Tyranny…it has meaning today. As for the words summer soldier and sunshine patriot, one can substitute those words with all of those that have been crying ...the war is lost, the surge won't work or we should just quit this fight.

    Many in this country fail to understand the true nature of this war…this is a war that if we lose…we lose our freedoms…The United States of America, as Ronald Reagan stated is the glowing beacon on the hill top. Many around this world find things wrong with us, but oh so many more yearn for our liberties and freedom. The desire for freedom is universal.

    Our freedoms have not been obtained cheaply our freedoms have been bought and paid for with the blood of patriots…the blood of our military members, past and present, with the blood of the emergency services personnel that rushed into the World Trade Centers, with the blood of the civilians inside the World Trade Center, the blood of the personnel at the Pentagon, the blood of the passengers on American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175 at the World Trade Center, the blood of the passengers on American Airline Flight 77 at the Pentagon and the blood of the passengers on United Airline Flight 93 at Shanksville…"Let's Roll". Each and every one of these people were not and are not "the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot". These people are true patriots and I thank God each day that I live in a country that has such men and women living in it and dying for it and for the freedoms and liberties that far too many take for granted. That is truly “Service Before Self”.

    Several decades ago, Gen. Omar Bradley put it this way; “The nation today needs men who think in terms of service to their country and not in terms of their country's debt to them.”

    The third core value is, “Excellence In All We Do”. As I was growing up my mom always encouraged me to do my best in everything I did. Win, lose, pass or fail was not what was important, what was important was that I did my best. That same philosophy was practiced every day after school and weekends on Mitchell Field. Many a time I heard Coach Shirk exhort the team to do their best. Because of the respect and admiration that we all had for the Coach, we could do no less then do our best.

    Too many people settle for less than their best and just do enough to get by. Excellence in all we do is the difference between simply getting by and striving to do our best in all things we do. If you live your life with a passion for excellence you can change the world. Men and women of excellence never do their job just to the minimum standard, but to the very best of their ability. When each of us look back after a job is complete, are we able to say to ourselves, “I have done my best and I couldn't have given any more.”

    Vince Lombardi put it this way. “Unless you put everything you have into your pursuits -- your mind, your body, your total dedication -- what is life worth? The quality of life is in direct proportion to your commitment to excellence.”

    During my deployment to Iraq, my team was tasked with developing a training program and training material for the Iraqi firefighters. The Iraqis were eager for the training and thrived in doing their best for us. By doing our absolute best in preparing and training them, they were inspired to do their absolute best not just when we were watching them but, even after we left.

    We need to live our lives with a desire and a passion for “excellence in all we do” and then we all can make a difference in our lives, in our communities, in our country and yes, in our world.

    In closing, the core values; “Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do” are not new, nor are they unique. They are taught to us at an early age and we need to live our lives with these values in mind at all times. Several of my role models are here tonight. To them I say, Thank you for helping make me the person that I am today. Let each of us be an example and role model for our children, our grandchildren and others by living our lives in such a manner that “Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do” are not just mere words but are the values that each of us demonstrate daily.

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    Don, love the pictures............

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    Don, thank you for the invitation....Stay Safe ...Donna

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    Thanx for the friendship Don, your sense of humor and ALL that you do for our AWESOME country!! Be safe have a great week and hope to chat with ya soon... TEE!!!

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    almost 6 years ago

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    Thanks for the add. Have a great week. stay safe.

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    LOL, Very good joke, Master Sgt. Cracked me up.