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Air Force Values
Air Force Values
Integrity First
Service Before Self
Excellence in All We Do
 
Air Force Core Values
Integrity First

Integrity First reminds us we must "walk the talk" – our words and actions must be integrated in our lives. It reminds us of Thomas Jefferson's concept of moral muscles – that we build and strengthen our character through the daily exercise of words, actions and decisions. Integrity first means not only physical courage, but moral courage as well, so that we sometimes stand up by speaking up. It means being loyal to our friends, to each other – by being loyal to our oath, our Air Force, and our Nation.
Service Before Self

Service Before Self is not the same as "service," a value also claimed by some civilian institutions and corporations. Our Service requires sacrifice and commitment to our Nation.  We understand we make decisions in an environment where freedoms are on the line, and lives are at stake. Service Before Self begins with duty, but it means more. It means that, in our Air Force, as we fly and fight in war and peace, going above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty is not the exception – it is the rule.
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Excellence In All We Do

Excellence in All We Do reminds us, at the most basic level, of the old "Hometown Newspaper Test" – imagining our parents reading about our actions, and wanting them to be proud. But it also includes the military concept of honor – knowing our actions reflect on all Airmen – and on the Air Force itself. It reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of giants: heroes like Billy Mitchell, and Doolittle, Spaatz, and Rickenbacker; heroes who faced and beat incredible odds. We have inherited a history of excellence, courage and greatness. We must live up to that heritage, become part of it, and pass it on
 

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