Looking back at 2011, looking forward to 2012

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  • By Stephen D. Goeman
  • 445th Airlift Wing Commander
Once again we turn the page and begin the journey as we start another challenging year for all the men and women of the 445th Airlift Wing. All of you should be proud of the many accomplishments of the past year. The organizational and individual awards earned in 2011 make a positive statement that this is indeed the premier wing in all of the Air Force Reserve Command.

The initial phase of our transition to the C-17 Globemaster III is well ahead of schedule and the drawdown of the C-5 Galaxy mission should be completed this month. Our major focus is on mission accomplishment as we continue the ongoing preparation for a Wing Operational Readiness Inspection that we expect to occur in early 2013.

We have had a significant changeover in personnel in many of or organizations. Please welcome these new Airmen into our fold and show them the fantastic way we conduct business in our Wing. We're very fortunate to have Col. Brett Newman in place as our new maintenance group commander and Lt. Col. Dale Bateman as our mission support group commander. Both of these officers are energized and will do all it takes to continue the fine legacy established by their predecessors.

Col. Michael Major arrives this month to assume the vice wing commander role. He comes to us from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and brings a wealth of mobility/airlift experience to our wing. Col. Alan Gilbar has returned to the 445th AW and serves as a special assistant to the wing commander. We will leverage his expertise in the medical arena to ensure that all medical readiness issues are resolved and that the medical needs of our Airmen are well taken care of.

Recruiting and retention rates in the 445th Airlift Wing are off the charts. Soon to be Chief Master Sgt. Brian Boyd and his staff of recruiters have been recognized as the best of best in the AFRC Recruiting Service. All of or Airmen have contributed in these two areas. I cannot thank you enough for all you do for our Air Force Reserve.

It is my hope that each of you had a great holiday season to re-connect with friends and family and that you will be energized to meet the challenges of 2012.

Please make the effort to communicate with those 445th Airmen who have recently returned from deployment or are still out there doing the nation's business. The sacrifices made by these individuals are many, and we owe them all our gratitude and thanks.

Keep it up, stay motivated, and continue to keep this organization moving forward!