Thursday, October 30, 2008

VIEW FROM TOP>>Being Ready, Willing, Able

By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
19th Airlift Wing command chief

Each day our United States Air Force has 33,000 personnel deployed around the world. This number is even more astounding when you look at what we are required to do in the many locations that we travel. From setting up operations in places that were once dense jungles, to providing airlift and security training for partner nations, Airmen continue to execute the military arm of our national strategy in a dedicated manner.

At Team Little Rock we are constantly sending our Airmen to engage in activities such as humanitarian relief, medical support, logistics continuity, command and control and base operating support. These missions are vital and will likely go on for the foreseeable future.

First, please do all you can to be as ready for your mission as possible if your name is called. Safety is something that we focus on daily; checklist discipline and attention to detail can be the difference between success and failure. Secondly, take the time to ensure that your personal and family matters are in order Ė simple things like ensuring you have a good plan to meet financial obligations while establishing support systems for those that you leave on the home front.

The challenges of deployments also create stress on the workplace at home station. There are still activities that have to be done daily at Team Little Rock and those who are here can feel the stress of keeping the ball rolling. So as we reach forward to do our nationís business, we must continue to do all we can to take care of those who go as well as those who are behind. Iím asking you to reach out to those that are deployed and their families, and do all you can to support one another here on this end.

Combat Airlift!

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