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Examining Who We Are; Thanks to Week's Standouts

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  • By Col. Lenny Richoux
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing commander
Last Friday I spoke at our Hispanic Heritage Recognition Luncheon. In my comments I discussed my own heritage and the road my parents and grandparents took that brought my heritage from France, to Nova Scotia, and ultimately to the U.S.

I believe this is relevant because collectively our backgrounds are important. No matter what race, ethnicity, gender or religion you are, you bring an important perspective and point of view that if harnessed makes our Air Force strong. There is definitely strength in the uniformity of focus when we use unity of effort, single strike and economy of force. But when we add the aspect of diverse collections of backgrounds and strengths, there are force multiplication effects we benefit from and have historically benefited from as a nation, which makes us one of the most dynamic nations, if not the most dynamic, in the world. Team MacDill, I encourage you to support and participate in these special observances.

I want to thank Master Sgt. Ivan Crespo, Tech. Sgt. Jimmy Lopez-Beniquez, Tech. Sgt. Joshua Gonzalez and Airman 1st Class Karla Alvarado for the work they did at the Hispanic Heritage Luncheon. They did a fantastic job coordinating and moderating the Friday's event.

I want to recognize the winners of the Fitness Center's Sports Week athletic competitions. For the Large unit winner, first place went to the team representing the 6th Communications Squadron. The medium-sized unit first place winner was U.S. Central Command, and the first place winner for a small unit was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Congratulations to all the winners in the individual contests and unit-level competitions.

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Pillar, from the Maintenance Group Quality Assurance office stood out in his performance of duties as a Quality Assurance inspector and he holds an additional duty as an Exercise Evaluation Team member. He recently deployed to the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center to evaluated ORE players' performance on everything from aircraft maintenance tasks in MOPP gear, self-aid buddy care skills, and attack recovery and decontamination procedures.

Tech. Sgt. James White and Staff Sgt. Alejandro Cano, also from the 6th AMXS, repaired a C-17 returning Airmen and equipment from the ORE by using their technical expertise to identify a defective ramp lock which they "safed," allowing the cargo to be offloaded and the aircraft to return to home station on schedule.

I also want to recognize the achievements of the Medical Group's Senior Airman Diana Plazas-Ospina. Airman Plazas-Ospina is an aerospace medical service journeyman who recently volunteered time with Habitat for Humanity and participated in a ceremony celebrating two families receiving keys to their new homes.

As always I'm grateful to the group of people who make up the greatest Air Mobility Wing on the face of the planet!