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Re-energized and ready, Team MacDill shines

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  • By Col. Lenny Richoux
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander
I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and the Labor Day holiday! I'm sure that the extra time off was restful and re-energizing for your family, as it was for the Richoux's.

Last week, I received such a cool opportunity from Bob Hughes and his folks at the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron: to operate some massive, heavy equipment and demolish the aging buildings that were the former homes of the base's senior leaders. These demolitions are part of a long-term improvement plan. I intend to make MacDill Air Force Base an appealing place for families to live and I believe we're well on the way. Hopefully, MacDill will one day become its own "city," and that the homes and services provided on-base continue to reflect the excellence that our Airmen and their families deserve. We're already doing a great job, but we must always look to improve.

Onto outstanding Airmen doing great things for our wing...

Airman First Class Reyna Cornett the 6th Medical Group has been very busy recently. As the Exceptional Family Member Program monitor, she played a key role in the base's recent I-Needs Resource Fair. Her efforts helped families with exceptional members and special circumstances receive vital information that they require. In addition, Reyna volunteered to assist with the August Helping Hands dinner for wounded warriors and their families at the James Haley VA Hospital. Thanks for your service!

The 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron's own Tech Sgt. Chance Reid was recently awarded the 2010 Airlift Tanker Association's Young Leadership Award. It's not the award that's most important; it's what Sergeant Reid has done to earn the award that shines. From coaching local youth football and basketball teams, to commanding convoys in Iraq and serving as the 6th LRS' Top Four Organization treasurer, Sergeant Reid tackles one task after another and excels in them! Keep up the great work Sergeant Reid.

Beginning Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the base will observe Hispanic Heritage month. Master Sgt. Ivan Crespo is the wing's lead coordinator for this important observance. It's my belief that the Air Force does an excellent job of observing the distinct cultures, heritages, ethnicities and religions of our Airmen - it's important that we continue to honor all of our Airmen here at MacDill as well. Expect to see big things from Sergeant Crespo over the next month!

In case you hadn't heard, the 91st Air Refueling Squadron has moved into a brand-new building on the north end of Hangar Loop Drive. Capt. Michael Linger was instrumental in the relocation and has taken an active role in preparing the squadron for the January Operational Readiness Inspection. In the community, Michael has represented the Air Force very well by developing a program at his church that teaches important virtues to children. Well done Capt. Linger - good luck during your upcoming PCS to Seymour-Johnson AFB.

Team MacDill - I'm proud to serve alongside you in the finest Air Mobility Wing on the face of the planet!