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Home for the holidays

Published: 12:59PM December 20th, 2012

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - 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 impossible is possible. You've shown us that all we need to do is imagine what can be done and we can do it. It is the efforts of all of you that make it all work.

As we celebrate the season, we join Chief Kaiser and Debbie in asking a few simple things. Please take a moment to remember our deployed Airmen and their families who are not able to be together for the holidays. And remember those in need, especially the families rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Because each person is important to the Air Force family, we have to take care of each other to make our mission -and our lives-successful. Please be mindful of those around you, keep them close in your thoughts, and help them feel cared for during the holidays.

Please remember that each of us has the right to be respected, and each of us also has the responsibility to respect others. I trust that in the spirit of this joyous season, we will all remember to be good wingmen, and continue to care for each other.

From our new home, Ricki and I join Chief Kaiser and Debbie in wishing all of you and your families a joyous holiday season and a happy New Year.