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What it Means to Be a Sheepdog

Updated: July 16th, 2021

YFFR Warriors,

Happy Friday!

This week I reflected on what it means to be a SHEEPDOG:

"There are three types of people in this world:

sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.

Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.

Then you've got predators who use violence to prey on the weak. They are the wolves.

And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression and compassion, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the SHEEPDOG!"

This weekend, let us think about our FREEDOM and why we are FREE! For all of us who are serving, we understand that FREEDOM is not FREE! It is earned through HARD WORK protecting our country.

It is also a time to celebrate! It is America’s 245th Birthday! Enjoy the time with family and friends!

Honored to serve with all of you!

Stay safe !

HooYah! NFQ!

Chief JC



Operations Flight Superintendent

18th Civil Engineer Squadron

Kadena AB, Japan

DSN: (315) 634-3020

Cell: (090) 1704-4319

"There are wolves, there are sheep, I am the SHEEPDOG!"

Written by YFFR Military Advisor CMSgt John “JC” Chacon

CMSgt John “JC” Chacon believes in the vision and mission of Yoga For First Responders, as it helps modern day “Warriors” and “Guardians” get through the darkest of times. Chief Chacon has served in the military for 25+ years and has deployed all around the globe, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2010-2011; that is when he lost comrades that were killed in action. In 2014/2015, he battled with depression because of trying to cope with survivor’s remorse, and ever since then he has lived by the motto, “There are wolves, there are sheep, I am the SHEEPDOG!" JC lives to confront the wolf and protect the flock. The wolf comes in many forms, such as the enemy; however, the wolf is also disguised through depression and anxiety. JC is honored to serve with other Sheepdogs that have the courage to share their skills in mindfulness techniques through Yoga skills and meditation.

CMSgt Chacon is currently the Operations Chief for the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron at Kadena Air Base; Okinawa, Japan. Chief Chacon holds a Master of Science Degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and 3 Associate in Applied Science Degrees from the Community College of the Air Force.

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