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Labor Day Message

BUCKLEY AFB, Colo. --

140th Wingmen,

This weekend we will all enjoy an extra day off of work in honor of the U.S. federal holiday, Labor Day. In light of this upcoming holiday, which is intended to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers, I would like to thank all of you for the diligent hard work you have done since I have been in command. I never cease to be impressed by the feats you all accomplish, especially in light of recent deployments, the furlough, and supporting our state firefighting operations. While I know the budget will probably never increase and the workload will never decrease, I have faith that the 140th will continue to succeed against all odds in whatever challenges are ahead of us. We are already setting our sites on a Unit Effectiveness Inspection scheduled for next October, so I ask that you begin preparations now so that we can continue our legacy of success.

This Labor Day weekend is the last long weekend of summer. I encourage all of you to continue to enjoy the great weather and time off with family and friends, but also want to remind you to use good judgment as you participate in outdoor activities, attend parties, or relax in whatever way you choose. Each one of you and your family members is a valuable member of our team and we cannot afford to lose anyone.

And as always, have a plan for a safe way home any time you drink alcohol. Establish a designated driver before having that first drink; if you don't have a DD, call a taxi or one of your 140th Wingman. The Command Post can reach any of your commanders 24/7 at 720-847-9955. Airmen Against Drunk Driving is another option for a free, confidential and safe ride home, 720-847-7433. I recommend you put these numbers in your phone, just in case. As I have told you all before, there is no excuse for driving intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol.

Bottom line, have fun, be safe, and know that your contributions to the Colorado Air National Guard are truly invaluable!

R/
Floyd Dunstan

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