“Readiness in Strength” More Than a Wing Motto

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  • By Col. Craig Drescher
  • 908th Airlift Wing

I recently became aware that our Wing Motto is “Readiness in Strength." I’ve added the motto to my e-mail signature block and will add it to our briefings and other products to serve as another reminder of why we do what we do.

When I first saw “Readiness in Strength” I immediately thought of “Strength in numbers.” It’s certainly been my experience in life that if you are in-sync with your teammates, a good team is hard to beat. Plus, it’s just more fun! I also think that if we are all trained and strong, we will always be ready for anything.

When I had a minute, I went back to read the description and significance of our wing emblem.  The three aircraft represent strength in numbers of our airmen. The sword depicts the unit’s assault landing capability and the globe represents worldwide deployment (we’ve certainly been around the world A LOT since 2003!) We’ve been living out all of the ideals behind our emblem, it’s nice to see the written description that goes with the graphics.

Our wing historian, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Scales, found the documents for me and he has information he is working to post so anyone interested can learn more about the 908th Airlift Wing and our history. If you have historical information about our wing, please forward it to Tech. Sgt. Scales so he can catalog the information.  

Also, if you have other ideas of a phrase like “908th Proud” or something else that you think describes our wing and who we are, please share those with Tech. Sgt. Scales. Another example is 22nd Air Force uses “Second to none.” We ultimately would like to create a graphic for posters or shirts that would represent the 908th Airlift Wing, our brand if you will. I bet several of you talented airmen have a great ideas, we look forward to hearing about them.