Day by Day

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Leadership 101

Heard about this from my Colonel... and he's right. An excellent exmaple of leadership.

Just in case you didn't see it on the evening news...

2/9/2007 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An injured Marine received an
unexpected upgrade in his flight home from Iraq here Feb. 8.

Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Eastburn from the Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe,
Hawaii, was on his way home to be with his family during his recovery. One
of his stops along the way was at the David Grant USAF Medical Center's
Aeromedical Staging Facility.

Unbeknownst to him, at the same time he was awaiting his flight, Gen. Peter
Pace, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, was landing at Travis for a quick
"gas and go" en route to Hawaii.

When General Pace learned a fellow Marine was on his way home after being
injured in Iraq, he didn't hesitate.

"When I greeted General Pace and Mrs. Pace on the flight line one of the
things I mentioned was that we currently had a Marine that was wounded in
Iraq waiting transportation in our aeromedical staging facility," said Col
Steve Arquiette, 60th Air Mobility Wing Commander. "The next words out of
his mouth were 'let's go' and we were off."

Arriving at the DGMC, the general went straight for the Marine's room and
knocked on the door.

"Hey, Marine! Are you up for a visitor?" he shouted. When the Marine
responded with a hearty, "Yes, Sir," he didn't have a clue who he was
responding to.

"Corporal Eastburn was in shock to say the least," said Col. Arquiette.
"General Pace found out the corporal was going to Hawaii as well and said,
'You're coming with me, we'll go home together.'"

The general's flight was delayed for a short period of time as medical
personnel gathered Corporal Eastburn's belongings, checked him out of the
hospital and prepared him for the flight home, but the general didn't mind
one bit.

"Delaying the flight to take a wounded warrior home was the right thing to
do," the general said. "If I can get him home five or six hours earlier to
see his family, I'm going to do it."

The general's generous offer was not lost on the staff at the DGMC.

"While it was amazing experience for me to meet the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, I think it was more of a highlight for the patient," said
Staff Sgt. Darwin Diaz, 60th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aeromedical
operations technician. "Not everyone gets offered a ride home by the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff."

"I was very impressed by his attitude toward the wounded Marine," said
Senior Master Sgt. Scott Williams, 60th AMDS. "He was more concerned about
the injured Marine than he was about all the prestige his position gives

General Pace departed the base with Corporal Eastburn commending Team
Travis' assistance.

"This was a much more productive stop than I ever would have expected," he
said. "In a very short amount of time, you all went above and beyond to
support my request."



Mary*Ann said...

Hooah indeed. The General is a class act.

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Steven Eastburn the article was about me and thank you for writing about me General pace was a good man and a great leader. Just one correction Im a Lance corporal one rank lower than corporal. Thanks again and if u need to contact me about anything my email is