As 2020 comes to an end, my career as your Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager will have concluded.
My association with the 192nd Wing has been amazing! From military spouse, to AFRPM contractor to Title 5 (Whoo-Hoo!), the 192nd Wing has been a major part of my life for about 37 years! I have met some incredible people in this wing and have shared some amazing experiences with you over these years! The treasure trove of good memories are without measure.
My first wing commander, Col. Steve Hicks, brought me on board in December 2001. He taught me to appreciate the history of this unit. I heard stories that would make a mom’s hair stand up on her neck! Our pilots are a daring crew and committed to the nth degree. From Col. Hicks, I learned that there is only one good day in a pilot’s world, and that’s a flying day!
I worked for nine other wing commanders in support of the transition to a total force integrated unit. The seat they sit in is not easy. I appreciate all of their support over the years. To all of the group commanders since 2001, thank you for believing in Airman and Family Readiness programs!
I learned that the movers and shakers were the chiefs and shirts! They care hard for their Airmen! But without a dynamite team in force management, nothing moves or shakes! Thank you all for your support of my efforts to assist our Airmen over the years.
The Public Affairs office and Communications Flight have helped me to get the word out that a plethora of resources are available to support Airmen, their families and their employers. And you have used them!
The AFRP office partnership with our wing chaplains is one of my most valued! It allowed me to touch Airmen and spouses with education and laughter through the bi-annual Strong Bonds programs! I will miss these events!
Deployment cycle support is where I had the privilege of engaging with the professionals in the Mission Support Group and see each Airman go and come back safely -- except for those who came home on crutches due to playing basketball too hard during recreation time. The important thing for me was that everyone returned safely!
I have also had the honor of meeting and working with your family members over the years, and now, some of your children have joined the unit.
I unashamedly brag on the 192nd Wing to others. This wing has the best people who are continuing the legacy of the best wing in the Air National Guard.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Stay resilient! Always be the wingman for those around you! Ask for help when you need it. And don’t lose sight of your personal goals in your military and civilian career, financial and family goals. Get the 20 years! You will never regret it!
And with that, thank you again for the honor and privilege of serving you.
Airman and Family Readiness Programs Manager
192nd Wing, Virginia Air National Guard