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Lessons taken from CSAF Wing Commander's Call

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Last week, I had the distinct honor and pleasure to attend the Air Force Chief of Staff's "Wing Commander's Call" hosted by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III.

It's always good to get clear direction from the top, and this meeting certainly filled the bill on that note.

Gen. Welsh began the meeting by telling us how proud he is of all the work being done by all units in the Air Force to include Active Duty, Reserve and Air Guard personnel (commanders from all Air components were in attendance).

He did say he wanted us to "hit the re-set button" on a few items he considered vital for the current - and future success -- of the Total Force.

The No. 1 thing he mentioned was for all of us to continue "focusing on the mission."

As you know, here at the 45th Space Wing, our No. 1 priority has long been "100% Mission Success," so we're clearly checking the block on that mandate on a daily basis. Thanks again for always keeping your eye on the big picture.

He also directed us to "hit the re-set button" by reconnecting to our Air Force core values and rich heritage. This is especially important to ingrain in our younger Airmen and personnel, because they will one day be the leaders of tomorrow.

It's an integral part of our "Invest in People" priority. What we deposit now will pay huge dividends down the road.

He also requested each Wing to work on strengthening their respective teams, and this directive ties in perfectly with our "Year of Connection" theme we are spreading throughout each and every group, squadron, flight and office on Team Patrick-Cape. By connecting to our mission and to each other, we build unbreakable bonds of strength!

As the old saying goes, "talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships."

And right now we're working hard to display that team work once again this Sunday evening.

That's when NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at historic Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (launch time scheduled for 6:10 p.m.).

Another opportunity for 100% mission success.

As always, so proud to be the commander of this fantastic team.

Stay Focused Sharks!