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NEWS | Jan. 9, 2007

Command Chief's Corner 12-22-06

By Chief Master Sgt. Melvin D. WIllis 437th Airlift Wing

Good Morning Team Charleston! Hopefully you are taking full advantage of this Wingman Day. What a great opportunity to spend some time really getting to know your wingman. As I tell our newest Airmen during my First Term Airmen Center briefing, it is critical that you develop a close enough relationship with your wingman that you are able to detect when there is something going on in their lives that is out of the norm. That means getting pass the "cliché" conversations and really getting to know them. We are the greatest team in Air Mobility Command yet we have our share of challenges. Being great wingman will help us meet and overcome those challenges.

Last week I was remiss in congratulating our team members who were being recognized for promotion for the month of December. Col Joerger, Col Harrison and I were overwhelmed by the showing of support by family members, coworkers and friends. It was without a doubt one of the best-attended ceremonies I have witnessed during my tenure here. Let me add that our emcees for the event, Staff Sgt. Rose-Marie Thames and Senior Airman Alanda Caldwell, both members of the 437th Logistics Readiness Squadron, did a superb job in front of the packed house. Thanks to them for being such professionals and making it a memorable event. Also, thanks to all of you who were able to come out and show support for your teammates. Of yeah, I almost did it again, congratulations to all of our promotees!

Recently I had the opportunity to visit our pharmacy and see what they do up close and personal. Staff Sgt. Shakeera Wright provided me the grand tour explaining in great detail the process they go through when filling each prescription. The volume of prescriptions they fill on a day-to-day basis is phenomenal. Watching them I realized that the wait many of us may have experienced at one time or another has more to do with the volume of prescriptions that are being filled than the process for filling them. Understanding that, I have vowed to never again complain about the wait time.

I have to offer a very special thank you to some very special people who spend their own personal time as Red Cross volunteers assisting in the Pharmacy. People like retired Chief Master Sgt. Dave Pelletier, who in fact set up my pharmacy visit, and his wife Evelyn. They, along with a number of other volunteers, give unselfishly of themselves so that we can receive the best possible care available. The next time you happen to be in there picking up a prescription please thank them for their service.
Have a great weekend! Team Charleston - One family, one mission, one fight!