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4th a time to reflect on our founding; some Team MacDill standouts

Posted 7/8/2011   Updated 7/8/2011 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Col. Lenny Richoux
6th Air Mobility Wing commander

7/8/2011 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- I hope you all had a safe and wonderful holiday break earlier this week.

And I hope that as many as could, took advantage of the family day. It was well-deserved.

During the holiday, I marshaled a local parade and can't express to you enough how much your service and presence here means to the people of greater Tampa Bay. There's a lot of gratitude here for what you do for your nation, this state and the outstanding cities in which we live.

The holiday presented us with time to reflect on our nation's founding history, and it offered us time to remember our military brothers and sisters who are currently deployed. I hope you had a chance to support those families they left behind.

Let's make it a practice to support the families of our deployed counterparts. Let's also maintain our plans that support our own families' well-being.

We are more than a month into Florida's hurricane season. Let's be mindful of the risks and the dangers posed by weather we could potentially encounter. We should also ensure that our summer plans include mitigation for any impact bad weather will have. Don't be tempted to procrastinate planning for potential natural disasters. Let's have a plan in place before a possible hazard becomes an immediate emergency. We can and should be proactive, and make the necessary contingency plans.

We received great news last week on the promotion front. Congratulations to all of our Technical Sergeant who were selected. Great job! I look forward to each of you stepping up to the challenge of greater responsibility and leadership.

This week presented us with the opportunity to recognize a few other leaders. I want to thank two of our finest group commanders as they depart. 6th Medical Group Commander, Col. Dennis Beatty and 6th Mission Support Group Commander, Col. Donald Barnes both have served this base with distinction, and they leave a remarkable legacy. Thanks to their families for supporting them during their tours here. We will welcome the inbound commanders of the 6th MSG and 6th MDG this month.

I can't stress enough the importance of the positive impressions we make on inbound personnel by being good sponsors. There's a lot of transition going on here, and I'm getting good feedback about the way you are reaching out to newly reporting personnel and giving them and their families the help they need for smooth integration into the MacDill family. I want to thank 6th AMW's Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz who was the recipient of June's "Outstanding Sponsor Award" given by the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

6th Medical Group's Senior Airman Paola Bustamante, Staff Sgt. Christina Smith and the 6th MDG Booster Club earned recognition for their dedication and hard work in raising $4,200 for Operation Helping Hands and supporting our wounded warriors.

I am proud to serve with you in the finest Air Mobility Wing on the face of the planet!

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