Chief’s View: You have taken AFRC to new heights in 2010

Chief Master Sgt. Dwight Badgett, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Reserve Command

Chief Master Sgt. Dwight Badgett, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Reserve Command

Citizen Airman/Dec. 2010 -- It is an honor to write to you in this last issue of Citizen Airman for 2010. It has been a great year for most of us, and this is a good time to reflect on our performance. By any measure, you have done great things for our nation, and I am proud to call each of you my teammate and wingman.

More than 6,000 Air Force Reservists are on active-duty status around the world on an average day -- flying missions, securing our bases, filling joint expeditionary taskings, performing humanitarian missions and being true Citizen Airmen. But we also need to make sure we are taking care of each other.

The holidays can be a hard time for some Airmen. Being away from home, facing the stresses of life and working long hours can place a strain on all of us. Please take the time to check on your family members and wingmen, and let them know you care.

We must always remember that our main mission is readiness. You have to be ready to perform your career-field duties, concentrate on your contingency requirements and continue your physical preparation throughout the year. As we close out 2010, it is an opportunity to take some time to recharge your batteries to be ready to face the challenges of 2011.

Take some time with your family during the holidays and enjoy your successes. As a command, we have done well this year, but that success is totally based on your efforts. You work hard, and you have made Air Force Reserve Command better in 2010.

The difference between a professional and an average worker is rooted in one word -- service. Because of what you do, you are true professionals. You give of yourselves every day to serve our great nation. Thank you for being true patriots.