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What kind of legacy will you leave behind? A challenge to the newest members of ‘Team Patrick-Cape’

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- First, let me give a huge CONGRATS to everyone associated with the successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last Monday morning.

It was another fantastic performance by a varied, most talented group of professionals.

As you know, we won't have much time to rest on our laurels, as we have three more launches scheduled from the Cape on our calendar in a little more than two weeks, and we have our team working around the clock to make these happen. And they'll do it; I have no doubts about that.

Speaking of our team, over the past couple months, we have undergone major changes in personnel as the always-busy summer PCS season hits full stride. This is not something specific to the 45th Space Wing Sharks.

Indeed, Air Force installations around the globe will be simultaneously saying goodbye and hello to Airmen on the move.

I am personally proud to have worked hand in hand with so many great leaders and Airmen over the past 13 months of my command, and we wish them all the very best in their personal and professional lives.

There is, perhaps, no greater legacy for a leader at any level to create than leaving competent and well-trained Airmen (the BIG A) behind to successfully continue our many important missions, both here at Patrick and at the Cape.

And our former team members did just that, right down to the tiniest of details.

So I turn my attention to the newest members of Team Patrick-Cape: What kind of legacy will you leave behind?

Will you be the kind of leader - the kind of Airman - who will be able to balance the enormous mission responsibilities of this Wing, with the equally important missions of taking care of our Airmen and their families?

Will you be the kind of leader - the kind of Airman - who can not only recite our Air Force's Core Values, but actually "live" them each and every day, both in- and out-of-uniform?

In today's Air Force, "Integrity first," "Service before self," and "Excellence in all we do," are not just bumper-sticker slogans, they are a way of life, and the road map to success.

Will you be the kind of leader - the kind of Airman - who will help us meet our three main priorities of (1) 100 percent mission success, (2) Igniting Innovation and (3) Deliberately Developing our People?

I can't answer that.

But you can!

Stay Focused Sharks!