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  • Look forward to 2013

    Team McChord, 2012 was a busy year and I thank you for your hard work and persistence that made it a success. I hope all of you were able to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family. For those of you who were gone during the holidays, your sacrifices did not go unnoticed. To begin the year, we will undergo a nuclear surety staff assistance
  • Reflect on your actions

    As we approach the New Year, many of us will set goals and/or challenges to complete in the upcoming year. For many, weight loss will be their challenge, for some it may be giving up a bad habit, and for others it might be to spend more time with family and friends. This year I have a challenge for you that everyone could benefit from. I challenge
  • AMC commander: Home for the holidays

    After years away, Ricki and I are overjoyed to return to Air Mobility Command. It feels like we have come back home, just in time for the holidays. To you, the more than 130,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian men and women who make up our Mobility Air Forces, we could not be more proud of your accomplishments. You have shown us that the
  • The most wonderful time of the year

    What a wonderful time of year it is. We've all worked very hard this year and we all deserve a joyous holiday break; a time to reflect and be thankful for all of our successes and accomplishments. Live it up Team McChord, you've earned it!This holiday season will surely be filled with all kinds of heartwarming activities; gift shopping, parties and
  • What inspires you?

    Inspiration? With all that is going on in the world, what do we have to be inspired about? What inspires you? Lately, the United States has struggled to answer that question. As military members, you and I confront our nation's challenges head on. Aside from our current global conflicts - the Afghanistan conflict, Iran's nuclear ambitions, global
  • The rainbow at the end of the drive

    I had a lot to do and no time to do it! It was just one of those days. I had a million things going on, but nothing seemed to be getting done. On top of the pile of projects I already had going, I was tasked with a big responsibility that I wasn't sure I had time for. I was behind on my college course work and was going to be up late again,
  • American Indian heritage and the U.S. military

    For more than 200 years, American Indians have participated courageously in the U.S. military. As early as the 18th century, American Indians have been recognized by our great American military leaders. General George Washington in 1778 stated he thought the American Indians would be great scouts and light troops. Since then, American Indians have
  • A time for reflection

    My fondest holiday memories growing up are of the long road trips to visit my grandparents and to spend a long holiday weekend with a dozen cousins, sitting at the kids' table wondering when I would get to move up to the "big" table. Today, I am proud to say that I sit at the "big" table, but I still long to see my family so far away. I am sure
  • Professional organizations – good for more than just an EPR bullet

    Late this past summer, I found myself thrown into leading a professional organization called the Rising Four. The Rising Four is for Airmen in the ranks of Airman Basic through Senior Airman, and aims to get Airmen out of their dorms, meeting new people and helping out in their communities. When I agreed to become the president, I didn't really
  • Stay prepared, even after inspections are over

    Now that all the major inspections are over, there should be one thing that resonates with all of us, the satisfaction of a job well done and having all of them behind us. But before we move on to the next big issue on our schedule (and there will be one, I guarantee it), I ask that you reflect on what it took to prepare for, and be ready for, all