Taking Time for Important Things

Col. Virginia I. Doonan, 102nd Intelligence Wing vice commander

Col. Virginia I. Doonan, 102nd Intelligence Wing vice commander

OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. -- This has been one busy year!  In 2014, we had numerous units deploy, Engineering & Installation, Civil Engineers, Security Forces, Intelligence, as well as others, and many of them are on the road still.  Countless exercises to include:  our first-ever domestic-operations (DOMOPS) exercise in June, Red Flag, Green Flag, Silver Flag, CERF-P exercise/evaluation, Global Lightning, and Global Thunder. We've been used for DOMOPS in real world events, as well as, ending a large mobilization of the Intelligence Group for deployed in-garrison operations. Buildings have been completed, such as the new intelligence facility and two more are on the way.  You have much to be proud of and to reflect upon on what you've accomplished as a wing.  One thing is certain, 2015 will be just as busy with many challenges ahead of us. 

In 2015, we will start transitioning to our new missions, cyber, and ensure that our Airman are ready to meet the challenges with that new mission.  All the while, continuing our current work, executing the missions needed by the Air Force.  We'll be finishing the stand-up of the new Air Force Inspection System at our base and getting ready for a large inspection the beginning of 2016.  For sure, next year will be a challenging one for all of us.

Please take time during this month for the important things in your life.  Enjoy time with family, friends and those you care for during the holiday season.  As uncertain as life can be sometimes, we really can be thankful for all that we have.  Also, please take a moment to remember those currently deployed during this month, and drop them an e-mail or care package to let them know you're thinking of them.  There is a saying in recruiting and retention... Recruit the Airman, retain the family.  Our family sacrifices much to allow us to serve in the military and this time of year is a great time to show them how much they really mean to us.

The 102nd Intelligence Wing has a proven track record of excellence and hard work. Please continue to take care of yourselves and your loved ones this holiday season.  Happy New Year to all of you and I look forward to helping us meet the challenges for next year and make it a banner one for 2015!