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F-16 maintainers from the 140th Maintenance Group load up for the first leg of a long journey at the beginning of their deployment February 4, 2015 at Buckley AFB, Aurora, Colo. Members of the 140th Wing are deploying to the Republic of Korea to demonstrate the United States' continual commitment to stability and security in the Asia-Pacific Region. (Air National Guard Photo by Capt. Kinder Blacke)

F-16 maintainers from the 140th Maintenance Group load up for the first leg of a long journey at the beginning of their deployment February 4, 2015 at Buckley AFB, Aurora, Colo. Members of the 140th Wing are deploying to the Republic of Korea to demonstrate the United States' continual commitment to stability and security in the Asia-Pacific Region. (Air National Guard Photo by Capt. Kinder Blacke)

BUCKLEY AFB, Colo. --

140th Wingmen,

Two weeks ago we said farewell to our people headed overseas for the TSP deployment. I want to say "THANKS" to everyone who played a part in making their departure as smooth and seamless as it was. Everyone is safely in country now and doing well due to your hard work and effort.

In light of the deployment, I'd like to remind you of one of my top priorities as your commander, which is to take care of our most valuable resources... each other. We had two members in the wing involved in vehicle accidents during our departure week, and while they should both reach full recovery, it reminds me how important each one of you is to OUR team. Remember that safety is a way of life both on and off the job.  Let's be smart out there.

I also consider it part of your official duty to look out not only for your fellow Airmen, but also their families. While so many of our members are deployed, the rest of us need to make an extra effort to reach out to the family members who are home to make sure they are well cared for. Something as easy as shoveling snow off of a driveway or babysitting for a couple of hours can have a huge impact on the morale of our wing family, and allow our deployed members to focus on their mission, knowing their families are well taken care of at home.

Lastly, I'd like to recognize the 233d Space Communications Squadron MILSTAR Antenna Reference Unit (ARU) Solution Team for being the 2014 DOD CIO NC3 Team winner!  The work by TSgt Grady Murphy and his team members, TSgt Jeremy Gourd, SSgt Guy Winn and SrA Jonathon Smail, was tremendous and directly facilitated continuous operations and data transmission of our Mobile Ground System. Their solution to an ARU issue ended up saving $10 million dollars! I am extremely proud of their dedication and innovation.

As you can see, we have started this year in a big way and we have a busy road ahead. Please stay focused, keep up the outstanding work, and take care of our greatest resource... our people.

Respectfully,
Col Dunstan

//SIGNED//
FLOYD W. DUNSTAN, Col
Colorado Air National Guard
140th Wing Commander