The Continuation of Excellence

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  • By Col. Robert Shepherd
  • 908th Airlift Wing
"Is anyone else surprised that we're nearing the end of 2010 already? Time flies when you're having fun!

As we consider the upcoming year, let's take time to look back on the blessings of the one soon to pass. Many of us have had the opportunity to serve outside the gates, whether bringing aid and comfort to the disaster-stricken populations of Haiti and Pakistan, or through the deployment of many operators, maintainers and our fearless leader.

You've truly brought "service before self" into sharp focus for me and many others in the wing -- thank you.

Unfortunately, much of our future is not as clearly identifiable right now. At press time, the Congress has not passed a Fiscal 2011 budget, so we are operating under fairly austere financial constraints. This situation has a wide range of consequence: some members are barely affected while the participation plans of others are thrown into total disarray.

We'll get through this challenging period by sticking together and maximizing efficiency.
I'd ask us all to make another commitment to excellence in the New Year. We continue to claim individual awards and recognition, with Senior Airman Gabriel Bush bringing home the 22 AF General Leo Marquez Award most recently. Now it's time to combine our strengths and take the entire wing to the next level of distinction.

I promise you that your senior leadership is focused on and dedicated to this effort -- you'll get nothing but the highest level of support from us. Please continue to work within your shops and units to provide the highest quality service for your fellow Airmen.

Finally, take the time to show your families and friends how much you appreciate them during this holiday season. Speaking only for myself, they are the reason I continue to serve and I couldn't do it without each one.

I am blessed and humbled to serve with you and wish you the merriest Christmas and a Happy New Year!