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  • It's not easy being 'the new kid on the block'

    As we say a most fond farewell to our Mission Support Group Commander Col. Mark Bontrager, it is a visible reminder that we in the military are always in motion, moving in and out of new responsibilities in new places. We all know that it's not always easy being "the new kid on the block."So with all the comings and goings that each summer PCS
  • Farewell to the 45th Space Wing

    To the men and women of the Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS communities, thank you for making the last two years in command of the 45th Mission Support Group so absolutely awesome! It's no wonder that the 45th Space Wing is the #1 Spacelift Wing in the world. As I top off this command tour and a career of 21 years, I am continually amazed at the
  • Protecting our most valuable resource

    Well, we are half way through our "101 Critical Days of Summer" and I am pleased to say we have improved over our safety numbers from one year ago. That tells me you are taking care of yourselves and your fellow Airmen.To ensure we continue this positive trend throughout the remainder of the summer, I encourage you to evaluate your behavior and be
  • Know when to take the opportunity to be a leader

    I am so proud of the Air Force. When the time comes to use their skills, Airmen are ready. When it comes to being leaders, Airmen are ready. This kind of readiness comes from taking advantage of opportunities to gain experience. Into each Airman's life come opportunities - some exciting, some not so much.Each opportunity represents a chance to gain
  • Happy birthday, America!

    All across the United States today, communities are coming together to celebrate our nation's 232nd birthday in a sea of red, white and blue.On that long ago day in Philadelphia's Independence Hall leaders made a bold decision. When they signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, they risked everything to guarantee the rights of "Life,
  • Be a smart agent of change

    During a recent Air Staff Call, former Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne urged the crowd to be "agents of change." Specifically he challenged action officers, senior NCOs and mid-grade civilians to pass on their strategic perspective when they leave Headquarters for new bases and wings. He noted those of us at wing level often don't fully
  • MAC honors junior troops at Tides

    In today's Air Force, we are living in a "do more with less" environment and that is unlikely to change anytime in the near future. We demand much from our people and don't always take the opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to our enlisted professionals. That's why events such as last Friday's Junior Enlisted Picnic are so
  • In Times of Change, Some Things Remain Constant

    As you are well aware, both the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force recently resigned their positions amidst the controversy surrounding the shipment of sensitive missile components to Taiwan. Significantly, their dual resignations are unprecedented and they should serve as a reminder to all of us that accountability is demanded at all
  • Excellence through accountability

    The mission of the 45 Space Wing is a complicated one that depends on thousands of Airmen, civil servants, and contractors doing very detailed work in a tightly coordinated manner. The slightest error at any point in the process can mean disastrous results, from a rocket failing to launch, to a satellite failing to reach its right orbit or not
  • Honoring our flag

    June 14 is National Flag Day. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Title 36 of the United States Code is the official statute on Flag Day; however it is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance. During National Flag
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