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The Command Chief's New Year's Challenge

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy White has a challenge for Reserve Citizen Airmen for the new year: Don't let the past or present define your future. Live every day as if it was your last.

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy White has a challenge for Reserve Citizen Airmen for the new year: Don't let the past or present define your future. Live every day as if it was your last.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Season’s greetings Citizen Airmen! First off, the boss and I want to say thank you. Thank you for all you have done throughout the year, and thank you for what you will continue to do in the coming year.

Your steadfast service, commitment and sacrifice are commendable, and we couldn’t be more proud of you.

We had a couple of rough patches this past year; and without a doubt, we will face challenges in the new year. Regardless the challenge, like always, we will persevere because of Airmen like you.

Whether you’re spending the holidays down range with a wingman or in garrison with family and friends, the holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on what’s really important in life.

The holiday season means different things to different people, but here’s what it means to me: The holidays provide an opportunity to closely bond with family and friends we see all the time and to reconnect with those we don’t see that often. It’s a time of year to call loved ones, distant relatives and friends we only get a chance to talk to once in a while because life gets so busy. It’s a time of year to be thankful for things we often take for granted – things like family, good health and the opportunity to serve alongside great people in the greatest country on earth.

Personally, I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, but I’m always up for a good challenge. For the new year, I’m challenging myself to be a better husband, father, son, sibling, wingman, friend and human being. More importantly, I won’t let setbacks from the previous year define the next.

Here’s my new year’s challenge to you: Don't let the past or present define your future. Live every day as if it was your last, and say or do things for your friends and loved ones as if you had only one more chance to do so.

Be kind to those you know and even kinder to those you don’t, because you never know the impact a kind word or gesture may have on others.

Forgive those who may have wronged you and apologize to those you may have wronged. None of us know what the future holds, but all can agree life is too short not to live to the fullest.

Try not to hold grudges or dwell on the things you can’t control or change. Instead, channel your energy into being the best version of you that you can be.

You deserve the best, and the boss and I aim to give you our best. I’m up to the challenge. … are you?

It’s an honor and privilege being your command chief. Please share your new year’s challenge with me at AFRC.CCC@us.af.mil.