GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Walking into the theater, a low murmur of voices accompanies the filled seats. Students and junior enlisted permanent party members of Goodfellow gather in the auditorium for retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley, CEO of ‘On the Brink Consulting,’ for his discussion on Sept. 26.
“I would rather be disliked for who I am, than be liked for who I am not,” said Brinkley. “It doesn’t matter what they call you, it matters what you answer to.”
Goodfellow Air Force Base Total Force Development Council sponsors guest speakers twice a year to bring professional development to Team Goodfellow. This session was one of three that Brinkley spoke to Goodfellow members. Each session was directed to a different tier of Airmen, focusing on the different aspects of leadership accompanying each.
Brinkley reminded junior enlisted members that they matter, even if they have doubts about the decision that they have made at this stage of their career, he asked them to remember that what you go through makes you.
“You attract who you are,” said Brinkley. “If you are attracting positive, keep doing what you are doing, if not, think about why.”
The TFDC mission is to facilitate professional development opportunities for Team Goodfellow through relevant training and mentoring. They aim to mentor, coach and inspire effective leaders and followers.
Brinkley reminded the attendees that it is ok not to be completely sure of what you want to do at this point in their career, but to explore and find all of their options and people who will help them improve in their life.
“Some of you need to ask yourself if you are committed and evaluate what you are committed to,” said Brinkley. “Realize that it might be hard and think about fighting through despite the pain, don’t just quit on yourself. Find those individuals who can help you.”
After serving over 25 years in the Air Force, Brinkley established the leadership and development firm ‘On the Brink Consulting’, previously he was the former Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 11th Wing of Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
“This is really all inspiring,” said Airman Tylan Berrien, 316th Training Squadron student. “Each time we have something like this it is really inspirational and morale boosting.”
Brinkley wrapped up his presentation by reminding Airmen that where they go in their career completely depends on their actions.
“For you to be great in life, you have to be the first believer in what you are doing,” said Brinkley. “Two things in life you control, your attitude and how much you hustle.”
The theater erupted into applause after Brinkley said closing words of thanks. After the speech, Chief Master Sgt. Lavor Kirkpatrick, 17th Training Wing command chief, thanked Brinkley for coming with a challenge coin.