June 05.pmd - 440th Airlift Wing

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June 05.pmd - 440th Airlift Wing

COMMAND PERSPECTIVE440th CC on proposed BRAC listWing mission, safety stillour priorityby Col. Merle D. Hart440th Airlift Wing CommanderBeing put on the BRAC list for base closureand unit movement on May 13 was notsomething I thought would occur.The BRAC process is underway and thefinal result is not yet certain. The process willtake a few twists and turns before becoming thelaw of the land, so until that time, do not worryabout events that you cannot control.The Department of Defense is trying tosecure money for force modernization andtransformation. Converting from a Cold Warposture to the current war on terrorism andpreparing for the future will not be painless.Change is coming to every branch of the ArmedForces.Once again we find ourselves and our wingdestined for uncharted territory. Some arefrightened, bewildered and angry. For many, theclosure of this base and the movement of ourwing will mean fundamental changes in familylifestyles and may require moving to anotherpart of the country to find work and security.This is not time to panic. We need to keep focusedand remain calm.Your years of hard work have made this unitthe best at what we do. Our work ethic issomething that outsiders cannot understand andmany times do not appreciate. Be proud ofyourselves and your accomplishments and beproud of those you lead. No matter whathappens we can hold our heads high because wedid our parents, our families and our communityproud.The future of the 440th now sits in the handsAdditional questions?of the BRAC commission , the president andthe congressional delegations. Through youraccomplishments you have given them a vastarray of success stories to tell. We must not reston the past but continue to do our jobs as wehave always done. Safety is key to our missionsuccess so remain focused on your job and donot become distracted by the flurry of moment.All things work for good, and opportunityalways follows change.The history of our forefathers is replete withexamples of how they overcame insurmountableodds to be successful. Our abilities to surviveand flourish when others floundered arelegendary. The results of the BRAC process willrequire a stalwart attitude for those affected toremain successful.The future is uncertain, so focus on whatremains certain; the first being the responsibilityto those we lead. First and foremost we mustcontinue to take care of our people.I will keep you informed as facts areconfirmed. I will not sit around and speculateon what may, might, should, could, will or willnot happen. I encourage all of you to do thesame. We are heavily involved with deploymentsand the business of the GWOT so DO NOTlose perspective. Each of you plays a vital rolein our nation’s defense. Our country is at warand we are the warriors. The 440th’s history ofsuccess will ensure that no matter what happensor wherever we end up, we will be successful.You are great people and we have anoutstanding unit with credentials to prove it,keep your heads up, work hard, work safe, andthe future, though uncertain, will be bright.Is there something that you want to know about the proposed BRAC list? Additonalinformation can be obtained from the Air Force and Air Force Reserve Command Websites.Air Force-www.af.milAir Force Reserve Command-www.afrc.af.milCommander’sAction Line:Focus on BRACI am scheduled for duty on thenext AEF cycle. Should I still planon going?Yes. AEF cycles will continue as scheduledthroughout the BRAC process.When will we find out if the baseis closing or not?A final decision will not be made for somemonths yet. The BRAC timeline can be foundin the story on pages 8 and 9.I know someone who wants to jointhe Air Force Reserve, are we stillrecruiting?Yes. The 440th Airlift Wing will continue torecruit new members. For more information onrecruiting opportunities, contact Recruiting at(414) 482-5135.I want to contact mycongressional representative andsenators about BRAC. Can I do this?Yes. However, this can not be done in amilitary capacity. Any lobbying ofcongressional delegates must be done in acivilian capacity and can not be presented asan offical statement from the 440th AirliftWing.Does being on the potentialBRAC list mean I should startlooking for another job?Decisions regarding personal career choicesshould not be based solely on the preliminaryBRAC list, nor should they be based on theopinion of any one member of the 440th AirliftWing.U.S. Department of Defense-www.defenselink.milThe Flying Badger June 2005 Page 3

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