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On going the extra mile; shoutouts for some standouts

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  • By Col. Lenny Richoux
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing commander
On Monday we commemorated Memorial Day. Most MacDill personnel were granted an extra day off last Friday. I trust you all were able to recharge as we get on with the business of defending our nation. Thanks very much to Master Sgt. Cardell Hopkins and the 6th Medical Group, who planned and executed our Memorial Day ceremony Monday. Thanks also to all MacDill partner units who supported this day of remembrance for our fallen heroes. To those who were asked to work over the long weekend, such as our 6th Security Forces Squadron, Command Post, and partner units on 24-hour watch, I add my personal thanks to your commanders.

The 13,000 military and civilian personnel who work at MacDill do so as a team. Every one of us relies upon the other to pull their weight and perform their jobs to the best of their ability. One aspect of being a great national security team-mate, is to be in complete compliance with policies, directives, regulations, and laws that govern our activities. Compliance is minimum standard. As a member of the team entrusted with defending this nation, we must go the extra mile. Be "conspicuously compliant." When a co-worker from another section, unit, or division, or even an inspector from a higher echelon command, enters your workspace, there should be no doubt you know your job and are doing it the right way. Leave no question in anyone's mind that you are in compliance.

The 6th Air Mobility Wing and 927th Air Refueling Wing will test themselves this weekend with a Generation and Mobility Exercise. We will test our ability to ramp up combat assets and personnel in response to SECDEF and presidential taskings. While we continuously hone ourselves to execute our wartime mission, this exercise will be conducted as our Reserve partners join us during a drill weekend.

The 6th and 927th also continue to prepare for a series of Air Mobility Command inspections scheduled for November. Unit Compliance will be heavily inspected and I am proud of our progress preparing for those inspections thus far.

With summer approaching, it is time for many military personnel to move on to their next assignments. For the 6th Air Mobility Wing, a number of squadron commanders will move on in June or July. I want to thank you for your service. Squadron command is the crucible of command, testing your ability to execute strategic guidance at the tactical level. You have all served well and I wish you the best. My thanks and congrats go out to: Lt. Col. Derek Blough, 6th Contracting Squadron, Lt. Col. Jamie Dermer, 91st Air Refueling Squadron , Lt. Col. Sharon Gober, 6th Medical Operations Squadron, Lt. Col. Joe Heilhecker, 6th Maintenance Squadron, Lt. Col. Phil Heseltine, 911 Air Refueling Squadron, Lt. Col. Laura Holcomb, 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Lt. Col. Nate Johnson, 6th Medical Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Brian Kehl, 6th Comptroller Squadron, Lt. Col. Carrie Omdal, 6th Force Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Sam Ray, 6th Communications Squadron , and Lt. Col. Jason Wolf, 310th Airlift Squadron. I'm very proud of you!

We also welcome our new vice commander, Col. Kelly Martin, who joins Team MacDill from the Joint Staff. Welcome!

You are the finest Air Mobility Wing on the face of the planet and I am proud to serve with you.