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NEWS | Jan. 13, 2015

A New Year, New Resolutions

By Col. John Lamontagne 437th Airlift Wing Commander

After arriving at Joint Base Charleston this summer, I outlined three priorities for the 437th: "Mission!  Airmen!  Fun!" As we often use New Year's resolutions as an opportunity to reflect on where we are and where we would like to go, I hope these priorities also offer you a guide for creating this year's resolutions.

What resolutions will you make this year? Whether you choose to use these priorities or not, I challenge you to make a difference by pursuing your goals throughout the entire year and not losing enthusiasm after the first month.

I challenge you to rededicate your efforts to the mission.  Get back to the basics and ensure you are doing everything according to the T.O.'s and AFI's; take the extra moment to ensure everything is technically correct before moving on!  Each of us can always strive to be a better leader, follower, teammate, and even better doer.  Even the smallest change can make a big impact, including the attitude you bring to work or simply making the job of your supervisee/supervisor a little easier.  A small, consistent effort can make a huge difference.

Challenge yourself to refocus on your fellow Airmen and your families.  It is important for all of us to foster lifestyles that promote balance:  spending quality time with family and friends can help accomplish this goal.  Family oftentimes provides the foundation for personal and professional success.  A strong family bond can make a world of difference across multiple domains in your life.  I encourage each of you to make a special effort to reach out to your fellow Airmen without families in the local area because together; we are an Air Force family.

Lastly, I want you to have some fun.  It is easy to let hobbies and leisurely activities fall by the wayside, especially with how hectic life can seem.  Find some time to take part in these activities.  It is very important that you utilize these opportunities to decompress and enjoy some well-deserved time off.

This year will inevitably bring unforeseen challenges that will test your resolutions.  Always remember, that just a little extra effort or focus in any of these areas can have a huge effect on your career, family, and lifestyle.

Best of luck with your resolutions as we begin another great year!