Thursday, November 20, 2008

VIEW FROM TOP>>What are you thankful for?

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

As we turn the page on another month and look forward, Thanksgiving is staring us right in the face. Can you believe it’s November already? It appears that time truly is flying. Typically, we look and reflect upon what we are thankful for during this period. Yet, I submit to you that each day gives us the opportunity to think about those things that give us comfort or relief.
Even as our wing finishes up an exercise that captures how well we perform, while highlighting things we can improve upon, I’m thankful for our wing commander. General Schatz is a leader who takes our vision for “unrivaled combat airlift for America…always” very seriously. He understands the significance of Team Little Rock’s readiness for national and international stability.

In an economy where people are having to tighten their belts, I’m thankful for a wing that takes care of its own. Over the past weekend our wing has raised enough food to sustain our food bank for several months. Also, the Little Rock First Sergeant council demonstrated great initiative in revamping operations at the Airman’s Attic. This facility provides vital items to our Airmen and their families across the base.

I am thankful to have the best medical benefits in the land. A recent survey that looked at the military and business industry stated that Tricare is the nation’s best medical program.

I am also thankful to be in an organization that promotes based on your merit and not popularity or favoritism. We have much to be thankful for, and these are things that don’t affect us on a periodic basis but are daily in impact. Each day our wing is trying to improve on how we work, live, rest and play, and for that I am thankful.

Combat Airlift!


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