PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
As the old saying goes, "some good things must come to an end," and that's exactly what's on my mind as I get ready to turn over the keys to Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith
, who will assume command of the greatest Space Wing in the world on the morning of Aug. 4 in the base theater.
I'll soon be headed back to Air Force Space Command where I'll serve as the Director, Strategic Plans & Requirements.
But for me, as I've said repeatedly, this job here has been the greatest opportunity, challenge and experience, all at the same time; I've had in my two-plus decades of Air Force Service.
Growing up and going to school outside of Chicago, and then attending the Air Force Academy, I could only dream I would have been selected to lead the men and women who make up Team Patrick-Cape.
But thankfully, I was given that chance. Dreams do come true.
From your attitude, to your ingenuity, to your use of innovative ways to get the job done, the 45th Space Wing is rightly known near and far as the World's Premier Gateway to Space.
In the 26 months I have served as your commander, I know this to be true: You taught me well!
From the bottom of my heart and from Eddie's too, "thank you."
But now it's time to turn your attention to your new commander.
General Monteith is well prepared to lead this team to new and even higher heights as he comes here at an exciting time, especially on the Eastern Range.
With approximately three dozen launches on our 2016 manifest, your new commander -- along with all members of Team Patrick-Cape -- will inherit a mission ops tempo not seen around here in more than two decades.
I have assured General Monteith, and his wife, Gina, they can count on you to give them the same amazing effort, unmatched experience, honest feedback, and total Wingman support that you have given me since day one of my command.
You've never once let me down and I know you won't now.
In closing, let me say thank you to the people and civic groups all throughout our Space Coast community.
In all of my years and travels, I have never seen an entire community rally around our service members and their families the way they do here.
I'm sure I speak for all the joint-service commanders located here at Patrick and up at the Cape, when I say we see you as TEAMMATES -- and we so appreciate all you do.
Shark 1 -- Signing Off!
Stay Focused, Sharks!