315 TRS commander offers perspective on white ropes

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Training Wing Chapel Crossroads Center has started a new leadership series, entitled "Friends of Crossroads." The series' purpose is for base leaders to address Crossroads visitors on models of leadership and values. Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who visit the center have an opportunity to hear from commanders and other inspiring leaders on a more personal level.

The first speaker was Lt. Col. Thomas Hensley, 315th Training Squadron commander, who gave "a squadron commander's perspective on white ropes."

Colonel Hensley said he felt the need to take the time to give a little back to his students. He emphasized the importance of maintaining a balance between developing your faith and living the military lifestyle.

In Colonel Hensley's eyes, a white rope stands for more than just a representation of his squadron; it stands for those students that have taken up the additional responsibility to be a better individual.

To be a chapel student leader, Colonel Hensley said, is to be someone whom Airmen can approach for spiritual guidance. The white rope stands for the extra mile given to provide services to those around them and those in need by giving back to their communities.

Chaplain (Maj.) Sammy Tucker, the head of student ministries, said he was "thoroughly pleased" with the commander's visit and the range of topics discussed.

"Colonel Hensley emphasized what we try to instill in white ropes," Chaplain Tucker said.

The next speaker, Staff Sgt. Charmaine Moss, 315th Training Squadron military training leader, is scheduled for February 22. Attendance is open to all. For more information, call Chaplain Tucker at 654-3424.