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Get ready now for busy PCS season

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- In just a few short months many of us will be busy with PCS-related activities. Trust me, from my own family's recent experience getting ready to come to Patrick, it comes quicker than you expect. And the time to start planning is now.

It doesn't matter how many years you have served or how many times you have gone through the drill, moving to a new home and job can be stressful, regardless of your rank or duty position.

For those of you "old-timers," like me and my family, we ask that you take the "lessons learned" from previous moves.

Take a moment to share with your Airmen (military and civilians) who are preparing to move, as well as those who are sponsoring inbound personnel.

Let's face it; for whatever reason, some PCS moves go better than others. That's just a fact.

We are not in the "blame business" around here. We are in the "let's get it right" game. So let's start getting ready now.

I'm not exactly sure who said it first, but the old adage that "procrastination is much like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill" is fitting when it comes to moving.

So take care of your Airmen now. Follow up on the little things. Do not let the ones who are leaving get away with the awards and decorations they have earned because "you are too busy." It's always better to "pin 'em where you earn them!"

And please, let's all reach out early to embrace those who will soon be joining us here. Treat them as family. Treat them with the respect they have all earned as Airmen - once again, without regard to their rank or duty position.

Bottom line: treat them the way you would want to be treated. Thanks for everything.