Happy Holidays from Col Dunstan

BUCKLEY AFB, Colo. -- 140th Wingmen,

Now that we are in the midst of the holiday season, I want to take a moment to look back on the extraordinary list of accomplishments that you all made happen this past year.

I am truly proud that we executed three aviation package deployments this year! First to Nellis AFB to provide WIC support, then to Tyndall AFB for Combat Archer, and finally to Hungary and Slovenia for a European Reassurance Initiative Exercise.   While I know many of you had a great time on these trips, I am also aware of how much work goes into the planning and execution of a successful deployment of people, jets and equipment. Furthermore, during each of these missions, you all performed superbly, maintaining our reputation as the premier fighter unit in the ANG. Great work!

In addition to the aviation deployments, the rest of the wing was extremely busy as well. The Medical Group received top-notch training at Nellis and members of the CERFP and CST earned impressive results in their EXEVAL in Oregon, 2nd in the nation! Meanwhile, units from the Mission Support Group were all over the country accomplishing valuable training. Our Civil Engineers fine-tuned their skills at Silver Flag and the Regional Training Site in North Carolina, and several members of the Force Support Squadron volunteered for a hardship deployment to Hawaii... Meanwhile, the 233d Space Group operated out of their FPAK trucks for two weeks in an austere location as they exercised their mission at a deployed site.  Lastly, the 240th Civil Engineers shared their expertise all across the globe, and the 200th Airlift Squadron supported DV's and participated in an exercise in Alaska.

In the middle of all this, we successfully completed our first CAPSTONE inspection in May, mobilized 59 individuals for unique overseas deployments, and participated in a handful of SPP exchanges, here and abroad. Looking back on this list, while I know it is not all-encompassing, it is truly remarkable. Each of you should be proud of your accomplishments and performance.  You've all earned your time off this holiday season and I hope you will make the most of it.

Cheryl and I wish you all a bountiful and relaxing holiday season, and would like to give a special thank you to those of you who will be here or in Greeley in support of our 24/7 Alert missions during the break. Also, please remember to keep an eye on your fellow Airmen and let's make sure we're all back here safely for an exciting 2017!


140th Wing Commander
Colorado Air National Guard