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Brig. Gen. Michael A. Fantini
Brig. Gen. Michael A. Fantini
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82nd TRW commander: Critical Days of Summer

Posted 5/24/2012   Updated 5/24/2012 Email story   Print story


by Brig. Gen. Michael Fantini

5/24/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  -- Team Sheppard,

By now many of you know my three top priorities - Mission, People and Family.

Our performance as a base during the inspections, over the past few weeks, has been Excellent...literally and figuratively, we are doing great with our mission. Now that the inspections are over, I wanted to once again thank you for being professional, proud and positive. I was confident that we would do well, but because of your hard work and dedication we succeeded with flying colors.

Now for people and family - it is time to focus on them during the well deserved four-day Memorial Weekend. Please take these days to relax, find balance and spend quality time with family, friends and loved ones.

As Team Sheppard approaches not only the holiday weekend but the upcoming summer months, it is imperative that we keep safety and risk assessment in mind. This weekend will kick off the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign which runs through Labor Day. Statistics show that this season is the riskiest time for our Airmen and Families.

Sadly, the Air Force's leading cause for preventable fatalities are off-duty motor vehicle mishaps and drowning. Sheppard's goal is a challenging one; a major injury-free summer and zero preventable fatal mishaps. We need each of you as a combat resource to continue our mission.

For the activities over the summer months, especially outdoor activities, please have a WINGMAN, be smart and use sound judgment; if you sense the risk, it is there for sure; take a moment and step back to assess the situation and take appropriate action. For all of our activities an element of back to basics is appropriate to think through: wear seatbelts, drive the speed limit, wear personal protective equipment and give up the keys when you drink...driving under the influence will take you out of the fight, and unfortunately, hurts others as well. Many of us will enjoy water sports either at the base pool or Lake Texoma, my family included. (We are water-skiers!) If you are into water sports and boating, please ensure you have proper flotation devices and be smart while out on the water.

Remember, our mission is to train Airmen and build the Air Force for tomorrow - we can only do this if we have a strong, healthy force both on and off duty. Take care of each other, and take care of yourself!

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