Give yourselves credit for getting the mission done

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Russell Kuck
  • 62nd Airlift Wing command chief master sergeant
Currently we have the nuclear surety inspection team on board, and I know we will do very well. 

Later this summer we look forward to a having a few major events, such as Rodeo and another deployment cycle. 

I've been at McChord for about a year now, and I thought I'd take this opportunity to reflect on the great accomplishments I've seen from our great Airmen. 

When I arrived at McChord, our Airmen were gearing up for an upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection.

 We had mobility exercises almost back-to-back. When the Inspector General team arrived in June, we proved to be more than capable -- our Airmen brought home an overall rating of "excellent" for the 62nd Airlift Wing. 

When the smoke of the ORI started to clear, we continued on a fast-paced streak. We hosted the Logistics Standardization and Evaluation Program inspection team and aced that one as well. 

In August, several McChord Airmen contributed to Air Mobility Command's evacuation missions from Lebanon. In the same month, the wing honored Medal of Honor Recipient retired Col. Joe Jackson, whose name now occupies a McChord street, as well as one of our C-17 Globemaster IIIs. 

Just as the summer sunshine was going down, McChord Airmen headed to the southern ends of the world to participate in Operation Deep Freeze.

 I was blessed to have the opportunity to see the mission firsthand and was extremely pleased on how we performed that mission. 

This year, our aircrews set a record when they flew their first-ever C-17 air drop mission at the South Pole. 

Over the holidays, I went to Turkey to spend time with our Airmen supporting the war on terrorism. They were outstanding! 

The list goes on and on, and these were only a few examples that speak loudly about how each of you are important day-in and day-out supporting the AMC mission for this great nation. 

For the short amount of time I've been at McChord, I watched everyone sweat -- from planning to training to coordinating to accomplishing the mission.

 It can never be said too often ... thanks for all you do. Hooah!