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April happenings; some team MacDill standouts

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  • By Col. Lenny Richoux
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing commander
As many of you are already aware, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There are several programs we will host on the base and in our communities that will focus on prevention and responsibility.

As your Wing and installation commander, I am committed to ensuring we cultivate an environment free of sexual assault, harassment, discrimination, drugs and DUI.

Ms. Staci Vileta
, the sexual assault resource coordinator for Team MacDill, has put together some great events for next week, and I highly encourage all base Airmen, civilians and dependents to attend. These won't be your conventional lecture-styled presentations. These will be a series of engaging, easy-to-follow discussions appropriate for a variety of audiences.

April is also a month for renewed emphasis on fitness. I recently signed and delivered my Fitness Improvement Policy Letter. It's up to the leaders at all levels to adhere to and enforce the fitness standards. Two key components of our policy are the Fitness Improvement Program (FIP) and the Superior Health Assessment Program Enterprise (SHAPE).

Fitness is a central component to not just physical readiness, but mental and emotional readiness. We're not reinventing the already-established program, but we're reinvigorating its adherence.

The Wing will hold its first Wing Warrior Workout on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 a.m. I will also welcome Gen. Ray Johns, commander of Air Mobility Command, and the Phoenix Rally participants who arrive Monday, April 4.

Now on to this week's shout-outs.

The Women's History Committee chaired by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Hendrix organized and hosted the Women's History Luncheon. I appreciate the efforts of the organizing committee and support we received from the keynote speaker Ms. Rhea Law, the 6th AMW commander's honorary commander.

The 6th Operations Group's Senior Airman Kristina Zacherl was a finalist for the 2010 Air Mobility Command's Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award. The results will be announced at the April 1 banquet. We wish her good luck!

The 6th Medical Group's Staff Sgt. Roger Zehr, the non-commissioned Officer in charge of Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Operations for MacDill AFB directly contributed to international combat readiness while working in South Korea. He spent February and March working with and training the Republic of Korea's Combat Search and Rescue Teams.

Staff Sgt Danny Wilson is a Client Service Center supervisor in the 6th Communications Squadron and recently returned from a 180-day temporary deployment at Barksdale AFB. Because of his extensive helpdesk experience, he was selected to be a member of the Active Directory and LA. He helped the 2nd CS move 8th Air Force to an $8.5M Cyber Innovation Center.

Thank you for your service to our nation as we deliver hope around the globe.

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