Take care of yourselves ... and each other

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  • By Col. Robert Shepherd
  • 908th Airlift Wing
"The key to change is to let go of fear." -Roseanne Cash

Change is all around, as the Airmen of the 908th Airlift Wing know from firsthand experience. The important thing about change, though, is how we handle it. As Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush wrote, "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice," and when this happens it's generally not the best one. I would encourage you to carefully consider your future, face it with confidence and use your faith to keep the fear at bay.

I also understand change as I move to the retired Reserve. Finishing my career with the 908th family -- and I mean that in the truest terms -- was simply outstanding. You readily accepted this diminutive strat airlift pilot (and Yankee!) and taught me so many things. I wish I could name each of you who touched my life and offer specific words of thanks, but the editorial staff won't give me space for the nearly 1,300 sentences that would require.

Please accept my deepest collective "Thank you" for a job exceptionally well done.

One of my special blessings was the opportunity to lead you for several months during Colonel Clark's deployment. Boss, you trusted me with your wing and its Airmen during challenging times without batting an eye. I profoundly appreciate your vote of confidence and hope we lived up to your expectations.

Romans 12 tells us to "be devoted to one another in love" and to "honor one another above yourselves." You, the men and women of the 908th, clearly understand those commands and put them into practice every day. Keep taking care of each other and the rest will take care of itself. I am honored to have served with you and hope our boats will cross again as we travel along this gator-infested stream.

God bless and Godspeed!