Commentary by Col. Lenny Richoux
6th Air Mobility Wing commander
1/6/2011 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- This week allowed the MacDill family to jump back into our regular operational tempo from the holiday break. I enjoyed seeing and talking with many of you at your group and squadron-level holiday functions. These occasions provided me the chance to connect with the people who make the mission happen.
I want to first thank all of you, especially the commanders and supervisors for your analog leadership over the holidays. We had no major incidences over the holiday period, and I'm grateful to you for that.
We are gearing up for this month's Operational Readiness Inspection and I want to maintain our safety record with zero on and off-base mishaps. Please continue to engage on the topics of comprehensive readiness as leaders and within peer groups.
We are ready for the Inspector General team and I know we will do an OUTSTANDING job. You've already shown you possess the skill and know-how to execute the mission while inspected and there is no reason to expect anything different. Keep up the incredible work.
And now, on to shoutouts. The 6th Medical Group's Public Health Team maintained the #1 spot in AMC for occupational health compliance. It conducted 161 audiograms for the month of December, processed 108 Combatant Command deploying members and conducted 30 public food facility inspections. Additionally, the team participated in the Sincerely Santa Program working with the Hillsborough County Sherriff's Office. It is also clearing 650 ORI players from two wings in preparation for the ORI.
The 310th Airlift Squadron recognized the performance of Tech. Sgt. Nicholas "Nick" Gomez, of C-37A Evaluator Flight this month. Sergeant Gomez was asked by AMC/A3V to travel to Andrews AFB to perform as an evaluator during the 89th Airlift Wing's ongoing Aircrew Standardization and Evaluation Visit. During the four-day tasking, he administered nine check rides and flew three sorties on two different aircraft. Upon his return from Andrews AFB, Sergeant Gomez received "Excellent" rating results from a weeklong mission in Southwest Asia.
I am proud to serve with you in the finest Air Mobility Wing on the face of the planet! Happy New Year!