Chief's View: This holiday season, let's not forget those still fighting for freedom

Chief Master Sgt. Jackson A. Winsett

Chief Master Sgt. Jackson A. Winsett

ROBINS AFB, Ga. -- Another year comes to an end, and we enter the holiday season. Now is the perfect time for all of us to reflect upon our numerous blessings and accomplishments.

In August, our commander, Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley, and I toured the Southwest Asia area of responsibility and saw many members of Air Force Reserve Command standing shoulder to shoulder with our active-duty and Air National Guard counterparts in support of the Global War on Terrorism. What a rewarding trip.

Be assured that you have proven that today's Air Force and its new steady state, mission changes and immediate need for recapitalization can and will be handled by the most professional Citizen Airmen America has to offer. I applaud your attitude, efforts and success. You truly are the best!

During this holiday season, I ask you to remember that hundreds of our brothers and sisters, in all components, are in harm's way. ... fighting for freedom. Let's not forget the sacrifices they are making in the name of freedom.

For those not deployed, I ask that you take time to be with your family and friends. Show them just how much they mean to you and to Air Force Reserve Command.

Should you know some fellow Reservists who are deployed, and their families live near you, stop by and share the holiday spirit with them. Remember, it could have been you who was deployed rather than them.

The year 2006 was absolutely astounding for the command in every respect. Your performance was, without exception, noteworthy. As you prepare for 2007 and the vast number of changes that are on the horizon, I ask you to be even more vigilant than before. Awareness of your "wingman" and our mission requirements and responsibilities, along with our ability to meet the mission, is critical. Preparation is the key. Please accept my sincere thanks for all that you did and accomplished.

On behalf of the Winsett family, "Happy Holidays," and I look forward to serving with you in 2007.