Whether it was about old school leadership or just an airman playing a prank, this photo got airmen talking:
An airman sent Air Force Times this “Read before entering!” sign that was posted near the section chief’s office for the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
The sign caught the attention of airmen at MacDill, who posted it on the base’s Facebook page. An airman also sent it to Air Force Times.
But as quickly as it went up, the sign was gone.
“A master sergeant in the section chief’s office put it up as a joke. The sign was taken down before it even got on Facebook,” said an airman with the section chief’s office at the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron who asked not to be named. “We have a lot of individuals that just come through with basic and easy questions, which they could have gotten from either their supervisors or someone they work with,” he said.
The sign drew mixed comments on Air Force Times’ Facebook page. Some applauded an enlisted leader’s attempt to instill common sense.
“This is TEACHING leadership because it’s encouraging a measure of self-reliance,” one user posted.
Others said it was autocratic.
“Seriously? This is leadership by fear; whoever put that sign up should be ashamed,” wrote one poster.
“Wow, didn’t know NCOs are gods,” wrote another.