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NEWS | Jan. 25, 2007

Command Chief's Corner 1-26-07

By Chief Master Sgt. Mel Willis 437th Airlift Wing command chief master sergeant

Good Morning Team Charleston! Let me also offer a very hearty welcome to General and Mrs. McNabb. It is truly a pleasure having them back in the "Lowcountry." As you know, we never pass up an opportunity to showcase the best Airmen in Air Mobility Command and we plan to do quite a bit of that during their visit. Of course I may be a little biased when it comes to Charleston's "warriors" but understandably so. All of you do amazing things each and every day so it is only fitting that we brag on you every chance we get.

Congratulations to those who were selected Thursday night as the 437th Airlift Wing's Outstanding Military and Civilian performers of the year for 2006. Team Charleston is teaming with superstar performers who work hard ensuring our mission goes forth without a hitch, therefore being honored as an annual winner is something really special. You should be extremely proud of your accomplishment; this is one to definitely call home and brag about. Congratulations also to all the nominees selected to represent their respective groups. It is a daunting task when you must select the best of the best and this year was as tough as any. Thank you all for your contributions throughout the year, you are the reason Charleston AFB is, in my humble opinion, the pearl of Air Mobility Command.

Events like the annual awards ceremony do not just happen, so let me publicly thank everyone who assisted in any way to put on the event. The food was great, the music was awesome and the fellowship was fantastic. In fact, the smiles on the faces of the nominees, the winners and their friends and families said it all. As Colonel Joerger has stated many times in the past, we are a world-class organization and as such we must treat each other in a world-class fashion. The ceremony was without a doubt world class!

Congratulations also go out to those Team Charleston noncommissioned officers who completed the NCO Professional Enhancement Seminar this week. I know it was a huge sacrifice of your time but as we discussed during the seminar, there is nothing more important for you as leaders than to continually enhance your leadership abilities. Hopefully you were able to add a few tools to your leadership toolkit that will enable you to be better mentors and leaders for the Air Force.

Finally, I look forward to tomorrow's Heartlink. While it may be too late to get your spouse signed up for this one, please plan ahead for the next one. We receive nothing but great feedback after each session.

Team Charleston -- One family, one mission, one fight!