Every organization has a distinct culture, an identity based on values and beliefs that affects how the organization operates. The Unites States Air Force is no different. Its difficult to describe the culture of this military branch without knowing about some history of this service component. Next the paper will go onto describe how communication in the Air Force is determined by the organization's culture. In this paper I will also cover how the USAF communicate internally and externally between its members. Then the paper will portray the alignment of the USAF’s espoused values with its enacted values. The discussion will be summed up with a conclusion.
With the exception of the Air Force, every other service was started when the country was born. The Air Force started during World War II as a component of the Army, and airmen conducted civil battles for its independence. This set the tone for many of their critical values and beliefs.
Though the Air Force has been an independent branch for over a half a century, James Smith wrote that “the Air Force still remembers its struggle with the Army for independence, and it is sensitive to challenges to that independence or to its attachment to the ground combat mission.”1 The struggle for independence continues to have a significant effect on the Air Force.
The Air Force entrusts its airman to live by its three core values: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Every airman is engrained with these values from day one. Here is a brief description of each value. Integrity means doing what is right even when no one is watching. To the Air Force service before self, means placing the mission before his own personal desires. Excellence in all we do is paying attention to detail and doing it correctly the first time.
Due to the Air Forces determined mission to be independent and separate from the Army, they created a...