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You always remember the people

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Vicki Gamble
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing command chief
When I was graduated from high school, I joined several of my friends for a senior trip. Our senior trip was a cruise to the Bahamas. Decades later, I can hardly remember any of the sights or islands that we stopped by, but I will never forget the people with me on the trip. Each military assignment is much like my senior trip. It's not the places I've lived that made an assignment wonderful; it's always the people. People, especially Airmen and their families, make an assignment unforgettable.

I love this Wing more than anyone else. You are the finest Airmen that I have ever had an opportunity to serve with. You make a difference here, deployed, and in our wonderful Tampa Bay community. Your high standards can be seen everywhere. All you have to do is drive through the base gate. You take pride in this base, your work centers, and your personal appearance. You thrive under deployment schedules, exercises and inspections. You give so much of your off-duty time to both the base and local community. You spend your evenings in civilian and military schools. All the while, you nourish families that give us far more than we give them.

For all these reasons and many more, thank you. My time here was short, but my assignment here was full, all because of you. You have displayed limitless energy, commitment, and personal sacrifices. Thank you for sharing your triumphs, wonderful stories, personal issues and your very precious time with me. You made me proud, made me laugh and made me want to be a better Airman.

Throughout the years, I have learned that things you say will only be remembered for a short time. While the actions you take, especially for the good of others, will never be forgotten. You have shown nothing but technical proficiency, professionalism, and respect for yourselves and others. Rest assured, you will never be forgotten.