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    Medal of Honor Recipient Recounts Lessons for Air Force Cadets

    Medal of Honor Recipient Recounts Lessons for Air Force Cadets

    After a rocket-propelled grenade attack hit Britt Slabinski's helicopter in the mountains of  in 2002, the weight of the decisions in the hours that followed transformed him into a true warfighting professional.

    Before the night “bullets the size of your finger” were passing through his aircraft and his teammate fell out, he hadn't been 100% committed, said Slabinski, a retired senior chief special warfare operator with the Navy SEALs.

    Feeling alone, unable to send communications out over the radio, the then-senior chief weighed all his options, a shred of information that his Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts was alive and knowledge that his team didn't have the right equipment. He could have waited for Army Rangers, likely to arrive in three hours, but that would likely have turned the rescue into a recovery, he said.

    While weighing all the logistics, including fuel, a Boy Scout motto “On my honor I will do my best” echoed through his head, aiding his decision to rescue Roberts, Slabinski recalled. Those teachings can be tools, which can serve you later, he advised   cadets Friday during the National Character and Leadership Symposium.

    The future officers will face similar tough decisions and responsibilities to care for their teams, he advised.

    “You have a covenant to those above you and below you and to your left and right,” said Slabinski. The retired led the rescue on his first…

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