Today s Airmen play a pivotal role in the constant pursuit of better ways to defend the Nation. Since the airplane was employed over the battlefields of World War I, Airmen have stood for and pioneered new and innovative ways to shape the fight and reinvent the battle itself. While pre-Kitty Hawk warriors relied on breaking through fortified lines on the ground, Airmen have always sought to go over, not through, those fortifications to achieve victory. This spirit of innovation, seeing problems from an alternative, multi-dimensional perspective, is in our Service history, in our culture, and in every Airmen Active, Guard, Reserve and Civilian regardless of his or her specialty or role. We call this perspective airmindedness. Airmen characteristically view security challenges differently globally, without boundaries.