A proud day, welcome to both of you!
We win together and we lose together, honour, excellence and integrity!
This means responsibility and ownership, ownership of your own actions and behaviour. Ownership of your own mistakes and failures, OWN them and learn from them, never look outside the cockpit for reasons of failure, you are responsible for every decision made in that aircraft and its fate is your responsibility.
Find success in failure! If all you do is get angry when you get killed you are never going to improve. Question why you failed and evaluate solutions, be honest with yourselves, if you think you are hot shit but keep getting shot down all the time.... you are not hot shit! Never allow your ego to believe you are better than you are. You ARE going to fail ... a lot! What will decide if you make the jump from 'good' pilots to 'great' pilots is your ability to learn from these failures or not.
Be there for your wingmen because they will be there for you, never run from a fight and leave your wingman in the shit, he has a duty to protect you and you have a duty to protect him, your wingman will die for you, you better make sure you are ready to die for your wingman!
Remember that you are part of something that is bigger than yourself no matter how good you get, no pilot is bigger than our Squadron, YOU are part of the 104th, the 104th is NOT part of your programme!
This means you are to conduct yourself like a professional when online and show respect to your opponents. Remember that everything you do and say represents our Squadron and all the work that has gone in to it since 2006, disrespecting this 12 years of heritage with inappropriate behaviour is seriously bad for your prospects as a 104th member. Never test our resolve on this, it will not end well for you.
LISTEN TO WHAT YOU ARE BEING TOLD! Every winged member of this squadron is someone you can learn an incredible amount from, do not waste this opportunity, learn from everyone you fly with, ask questions, breakdown successes and failures and evaluate. Your journeys have just started welcome on board gentlemen, you're in for a hell of a ride!