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82nd TRW commander: "When times get tough..."Keep it Rollin'"

Posted 8/24/2012   Updated 8/23/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Brig. Gen. Michael Fantini
82nd Training Wing commander


8/24/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- 

Team,

Doing our nation's business is an honor and a privilege - something all of us are proud to do every day as part of the world's greatest Air, Space and Cyberspace force; I am humbled to be part of Team Sheppard. We do challenging and dangerous work on a daily basis, that can take a toll on people and families.

As our Air Force transitions, I am certain we will rise to meet all challenges and take care of our nation's business. We must continue to strengthen ourselves, our wingmen and our families to meet these challenges. We need the right tools, resources and support so we can help others and ourselves bounce back from tough jobs and stressful situations.

There are a lot of great people here at Sheppard who work hard every day to make sure those tools and resources are available to us. Not long ago, I asked our chaplains to put together a list of classes and programs happening on base - they came back to me with four pages of classes, programs, events, opportunities and organizations; I was floored.

We have now established the programs exist. But as I go out and talk to Airmen (with a "big-A"); blue suiters, civilian workers, contractors and families--I find that many people don't know these things are going on. That's why I've designated next week as a focus week; a chance to shine a light on these classes, programs and events.

The theme of a Focus Week is "Keep it Rollin". When those tough times come, we need to know where to turn to get the help we need to keep moving forward--to "Keep it Rollin'".  Even if you're doing great right now, maybe one of your wingmen could use a hand. So please take some time next week to find out what programs are out there for you, your family and your wingmen.

We'll end the week with a proactive Wingman Day, beginning with an Airman in Training Drilldown Competition. Rather than holding Wingman Day in reaction to adverse events as in the wider Air Force, our idea is to focus on the needs of our wings, groups, squadrons and flights in real time. Flight-level facilitators will get trained this week on how to make this a meaningful event that builds unit morale, cohesion and effective teams to make our environment better.

The key to success will be support and involvement from our Senior Leadership to our youngest Airman family member. Leadership at every level is a contact sport, and it is tough. Everyone in the Air Force is a leader in some form or fashion. We need to be personally involved, from commanders and chiefs to first-line supervisors and individual Airmen of all stripes; blue suitors, civilian workers, contractors and our families.

Each and every member of the team is critical to our mission success. We need to watch out for each other and be able to step into a situation early, before it develops into a major crisis. To do that successfully we need the right tools, knowledge, and experience; the whole point of "Keep It Rollin' Week" is to help all of us get smarter about how to help each other - and ourselves - when help is needed.

Teddy Roosevelt, a great American, felt some decisions are the wrong decision, some will be right, but the person that makes no decision or takes no action commits the most egregious of all errors

Thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing you at these events. Nothing less than our best will do..."Keep it Rollin'!"



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