Airmen…realizing the vision in everyday actions

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  • By Col. Scott Hanson
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
During last week's commander's calls I focused on the vision of our wing strategic plan and the positive actions in motion that support our Professional Expeditionary Airmen.

Throughout my comments, I communicated how our wing's objectives tie closely with Air Force Priorities and Air Mobility Command Objectives. Ensuring that we are in step with the vision of our senior leaders is critical as we continue to move forward as a 21st Century Mobility Wing.

Last year as I worked through our strategic plan with senior leadership, we identified three priorities for our wing: People, Readiness and Modernization.

People, our top priority, is keyed on developing an Airman's culture of excellence. In order to develop this culture of excellence I encourage our leaders to promote and support the wing's most important resource: our people.

One way we're meeting our goals within this priority is building an AEF Cell, which will ultimately provide a one-stop location for our deploying Airmen to meet their predeployment, deployment, redeployment, reunion and reintegration needs. The cell is in line with new Air Mobility Command direction to sharpen our focus on redeployment and reintegration actions and will have a tremendous impact on how we carry out our deployment operations and on our Airmen's quality of life.

Next is readiness --- focused on providing unsurpassed worldwide contingency and humanitarian support. As I discussed during the commander's call, our Total Force Integration Cell will effectively and efficiently execute wing missions, help ensure our sustained readiness, and help align us with Air Force senior leadership's priority: Winning the War on Terror.

Finally, I spoke about modernization - how we're building for the future, while enhancing our wing capabilities.

You have seen many new projects around the base lately - both big and small - that are a direct outcome of these priorities; our new running track, the wing HQ renovations, our Expeditionary Airman's Center of Excellence, renovating the cyber café - and the list goes on.

Not only are we modernizing facilities, but processes and programs as well. By combining AFSO 21 with the wing IDEA program, we hope to generate new and exciting ways to slash waste and create a continuous improvement culture right here at Fairchild.

And by the way, while all this is going on, you've continued to provide outstanding global reach airpower and expeditionary combat support to the warfighter - over 2,000 tanker sorties and 1,200 Airmen last year alone. You've also been recognized as best-of-the-best in many areas - our medical clinics and labs, outdoor recreation and fitness centers all lauded at the Air Force level.

Realizing the Vision? You bet!

America's Airmen - No one comes close!