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We are ready; some standouts from the week

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  • By Col. Lenny Richoux
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing commander
Last week we wrapped up a generation exercise in which we tested our capabilities to quickly ramp up to sustain a real-world contingency if called upon to do so. We did it safely and effectively. Our team here worked hard and the evaluation of our rapid mobility competency demonstrated that we are ready.

Monday, most of the 6th Air Mobility Wing enjoyed a "down" day, and I wanted to provide that extra time to those who could take advantage of it, to spend with family and friends, to catch up on personal tasks that were left undone, or to simply decompress before another high-tempo stretch begins.

With spring starting this month, it's a good idea to get into the mode of introspective "spring cleaning" and relationship maintenance within your families and loved ones.

I hope you've developed the habit of constantly spanning the needs of your friends, families and especially your children. Although we've conquered two major inspections and the holiday season let's not forget that spring break is coming and that the end of the academic year can be stressful for our students. Don't ease up on direct interaction. The last thing any of us wants to do is miss an invaluable family connection.

Last week we received great news from the Air Force-level. Congratulations to Senior Airman David Poppe of the 6th Contracting Squadron, who was selected the Air Force Outstanding Contracting Enlisted Member (Airman) Award Winner.

News from Air Mobility Command - AMC recently announced the Airmen of the Year finalists. I want to congratulate 6th Operations Group's Senior Airman Kristina Zacherl on being one of three finalists.

Mr. Walter Childress from 6th Operations Group was selected AMC's Civilian Air Traffic Controller of the Year. Mr. Childress is an outstanding representative of the caliber of civilian controllers we have at MacDill.

The 6th Medical Support Squadron Laboratory was named the best lab in the United States, a first-place distinction for civilian and military labs.

Additionally, Major Lisa Caulder won third place among laboratorians. The 6th Medical Group lab staff will be featured on the cover of "Advance" magazine in April.

We have many superior performers who have stood out and have been recognized. There is always an un-lauded team of leaders, fellow Airmen and family members who surround that person, silently supporting them. I want to thank those who are supporting the great Airmen who represent MacDill.

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