Thursday, May 31, 2007

TOP STORY >>Goals for wing are within reach and needed to remain the best

By Col. Wayne Schatz
314th Airlift Wing commander

Editorís note: This is part one of a three-part series about the 314th Airlift Wing Goals, Vision and Mission.
As I reach the two-week mark back at ďThe Rock,Ē Iíd like to share my goals with you, the men and women of Little Rock AFB, to ensure weíre all in-sync with each other in striving to be the best trained and most motivated team in our Air Force.
The goals for the wing are simple: 1. accomplish the mission; 2. take care of our people; 3. take care of our families and 4. engage with our local community Ė in that order.

Weíre the worldís largest C-130 base, both for training and operations. Our students are sometimes flying over Iraq and Afghanistan within weeks of graduation from our schoolhouse. We owe it to the men and women fighting our nationís wars to provide safe, reliable on-time training 100 percent of the time. We also must ensure we properly prepare and support our Team Little Rock Airmen who deploy to fight and win our Nationís wars.

We must take care of our people and our families because without them, the mission will not succeed. Quality of life issues such as housing, fitness facilities, Airman and family readiness, youth activities, child care, and education are very important to me.

Finally, we must engage with our community. We are only temporarily stationed here; however, the residents of the greater Central Arkansas community have opened up their arms to us. Itís our responsibility to be great neighbors and to share our Air Force story with them. So get out and volunteer within the community, help a neighbor and help each other.

You are part of Americaís frontline defense. Without each and every one of you, our mission of delivering combat airlift to Americaís joint military team could not be possible.

You are a vital part in Team Little Rock and Iím proud to serve with you!

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