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On your mark, get set, exercise!

PATRICK AFB, Fla. -- On your mark, get set, exercise!

By Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton, Jr.

Commander, 45th Space Wing



PATRICK AFB, Fla. -- Well, all the coaching, cajoling, teaching, preparing, prodding and practicing for the Operational Readiness Inspection will now be put to the test, again, beginning next week.

It's here. Game on.

We have talked with the AFSPC Inspection Team and they have made it clear to us that "telling" them what you do or "showing" them a checklist of things we do to execute our mission will not be good enough. We will not pass go. We will not collect $200 without showing them we can walk the talk.

So, expect probing questions. Expect challenging scenarios. And more importantly, be ready and willing to "demonstrate" your abilities to do your mission, whether it's being evaluated in a day-to-day inspection, or during your actions in response to some kind of unexpected scenario we are sure to encounter over the next few weeks.

In any event, I am very confident we will clear the high bar as long as we remember to work together as a team.

Former major league baseball manager Casey Stengel hit one out of the park when he said "finding good baseball players is the easy part. Getting them to play as a team is the tough part."

That's just the simple truth.

And from Day 1, when I took command of this Wing, I have never seen a group of people watch each others' backs the way you do. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy said the exact same thing during his visit here last week. It's that easy to see. Believe me.

Let's face it, the next month or so will be a very busy, very stressful time for many of us. That being said, I need you to "take care of you."

Don't let the stress eat at you because if you don't bring your "A-Game" we can't bring ours. Please get the proper rest. Eat right. Exercise.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz has declared an "All in" philosophy and mentality for the entire Air Force.

"Precision and reliability is the standard regardless of job, or grade, or specialty. Everyone contributes - every single person," Gen. Schwartz said.

That's just the simple truth too. Thanks.