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NEWS | Dec. 10, 2013

T’was the night before Christmas: A Joint Base Charleston Rendition

By Lt. Col. Todd Groomes 17th Airlift Squadron commander

As we enter the height of the Christmas season, I wanted to be sure to take a moment to reflect on everything that is being accomplished by so many here at Joint Base Charleston.

It can never be said enough, just how thankful we are to have such dedicated Airmen and Sailors who sacrifice their time so that others have everything they need during this time of year. Our profession is a calling - a drive to place others' needs before our own. That is a truly awe-inspiring concept in today's "me" society.

We do not work a standard nine-to-five, 40-hour work week in the military. If it is hot, we sweat; if it is cold, we bundle up; we get wet when it rains and even press on through the fog and the dust storms.

This time of year our job seems much like someone else's we all know and love. In light of that thought, I have taken an old classic and adapted it using the "10 percent rule" for our dedicated men and women of Joint Base Charleston.

T'was the night before Christmas and out on the ramp
Maintenance was buzzing and ATOC did scamp
Aircraft to prepare and cargo to load after they weigh
To make things just perfect for that very special day...

Transportation was running and AFE too
In order to make equipment ready for each and every crew
Security Forces kept a vigilant eye on the Keep
So all on Charleston would feel safe when they sleep...

The commanders signed orders and encouraged the crews
Flight Authorizations, Go-No-Go and ORM too
"Go out and be safe--You know what to do"...

The crews stepped to the jets in their greens and their tans
Whistling and humming carols as they unloaded the vans
The mighty aircraft roared to life
Ready for adventure and to get to the fight...

"We'll be back soon enough!" they said to the folks on the line
"This stuff must get there and get there on time!"
Set up for success by all left behind
The crew gave a wave, and a salute to the line...

As they pulled out of parking and onto the runway
They were trained and were ready for anything that might come their way
Command Post heard the last radio call they made as they flew out of sight...

"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!"

Thank you for everything you do that makes Joint Base Charleston successful. From the 17th Airlift Squadron family to each and every one of yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!