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Getting fit and staying safe doing so

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- What a day we had during the Wing Sports Olympiad Day. Each unit met the goals: to enhance Esprit de Corps and accumulate points for the Annual Commander's Cup Trophy and you did it having fun! But as a wing, you met other goals, not set forth prior to the event. You all showed teamwork, dedication to fitness, and a safe attitude in each competition throughout the day.

I need to thank each and every one of you for your participation in the sports Olympiad, including those who volunteered. You all made the event successful. Your ability to adapt to changing circumstances allowed for a smooth transition between events and I observed camaraderie within each unit. Teamwork played a role in Sports Day and it plays a bigger role in our mission at the 45th Space Wing.

Let me take a minute to discuss dedication. Your commitment to achieving a high level of fitness proves the desire to succeed and commitment of Space Wing personnel to the mission is crucial, especially in the launch field. Going above and beyond the call of duty and doing it with a positive attitude allows me to look forward to working with the individuals in today's Air Force.

Yet, the greatest measure of success of Sports Day was our lack of injuries. Statistically, many off duty injuries are sports related, but the 45th Space Wing had ZERO injuries on Friday. I ask that each of you continue your safety awareness as you continue working toward the launch on Saturday.

I am excited for the future of space and our integral role in launches, when I know that our team is dedicated and safety oriented. Your behavior during the sports Olympiad echoes in the preparation for and during each launch. Teamwork, dedication, and safety are crucial to the success of the launch on Saturday.

Again, thank you to all who participated in Sports Day and to those who will play an integral role in the launch on Saturday. You are vital to our success at the 45th Space Wing.