Happy Holidays from the Commander
By Col. Floyd Dunstan, 140th Wing / Published December 11, 2015
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
It's hard for me to believe that another year has already passed since we last celebrated these holidays together. The past twelve months have been remarkably busy, which doesn't surprise me much anymore. We are always a busy wing. You all have built yourselves a reputation for being able to accomplish whatever mission is set ahead of you, and because of that, we are entrusted time and time again to DO THE MISSION...whatever it may be.
At the beginning of this year, you worked together to successfully deploy 240 Airmen to Kunsan AB, South Korea for a three month TSP. We were there and ready, strengthening our ties and ability to work with our Allies and active duty partners. Our members represented the 140th Wing impeccably and left the 8th Wing a better place than when they arrived. The 8th FW CC personally told me that you "were the best ANG fighter squadron he's seen". I am so proud of the sacrifice that each one of you made in order to make that deployment such a success.
In addition, several other units deployed on a smaller scale for training exercises, SPP missions, and real world support. The 140th Medical Group spent two weeks at Balboa Naval Hospital to receive joint hands-on training. The 140th Civil Engineer Squadron spent five weeks in Slovenia building a range facility for the Slovenian Armed Forces. The 233d Space Group deployed for their annual Global Thunder exercise in addition to their JISCC deployment in June. The 140th Logistics Readiness Squadron spent two weeks at Spangdahlem AB, Germany for annual training, and as usual, the 240th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 200th Airlift Squadron were providing support to units all over the world.
Apart from travelling, you also did amazing things right here at home. You passed multiple inspections, including, but not limited to the 1st Air Force AFOA, the NORAD AFE, a 12th Air Force SAV, two base-wide active shooter exercises, a SFS Combat Readiness Task Validation, and of course the first-ever Wing Wartime Readiness Inspection. Thank you so much for everyone's effort to not only survive, but excel through all of these evaluations. With the implementation of our new Air Force Inspection System, I am confident that you are all consistently working hard to be in compliance and set the standard for excellence.
I'm pleased that this year, your superior performance has been recognized on multiple occasions. The 140th Civil Engineer Squadron won the ANG Outstanding Civil Engineer Unit of the Year Award and the Outstanding Air Force Civil Engineering Squadron in the category of Air Reserve Component. The 200th Airlift Squadron won the JOSAC Small Unit of the Year award for the FIFTH consecutive year. On top of that, the 233d Space Group celebrated SrA Jonathan Smail as the ANG Airman of the Year and was awarded a DoD-level award, the Nuclear Command Control and Communications Team Award, for the outstanding innovation of four of their members. Job well done to all of you!
I can't even mention all of the great things you all have done throughout this year, but I do hope that you know how amazing you are as a wing and how proud I am to be the commander of the BEST WING in the entire Air National Guard. Please take time to relax and truly enjoy some down time this holiday season and prepare for an undoubtedly busy 2016. And as always, please take care of yourselves, your families, and your fellow Airmen. It's everyone's responsibility to make sure we all make it back safely to kick off the New Year. When all else fails, call the Command Post and someone will be able to help with whatever assistance you may need.
Once again, Cheryl and I would like to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!
FLOYD W. DUNSTAN, Col
Colorado Air National Guard
140th Wing Commander