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Busy year ahead for McChord

Published: 11:06AM January 17th, 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 you enjoyed the holidays with your friends and family. For those who were gone during the holidays, your sacrifices did not go unnoticed.

We will begin the year undergoing a nuclear surety staff assistance visit in January and a Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection in April. These evaluations will provide excellent opportunities to inspect and improve our already great Prime Nuclear Airlift Forces program.

We will have multiple changes of command during the year for the wing, 62nd Operations Group, 62nd Maintenance Group and several squadrons. Welcome your new leadership and be patient with changeover processes. We will welcome several distinguished guests in 2013 to include Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, 18th Air Force commander, in March. McDew is a past commander of the 62nd OG and knows McChord Field well.

Finally, I am happy to inform you that McChord Field will be hosting the Air Mobility Command Rodeo in July. Rodeo is an international mobility competition focusing on readiness, airlift, airdrop, aerial port, maintenance, and much more. Come out and enjoy this event with your friends and family. Despite an eventful year, we must continue to prepare for the uncertainties of the future.

The “fiscal cliff” and potential effects of sequestration render many uncertainties for our Air Force. The drawdown in Afghanistan has created more uncertainties for future operations. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced completion of the Afghanistan surge drawdown — remaining American forces will continue to leave throughout 2014. Although we will likely continue various operations in Afghanistan beyond 2014, there still remain many uncertainties. With these unknowns in mind, I ask you to conduct business as usual. Regardless of the past, present, and future, we will always have a mission to accomplish, “Develop and Sustain Expeditionary Airmen to Deliver Precision Global Airlift for America.” Welcome to the new year and thank you for all you do ... because what you do matters!