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Commander's Holiday Message 2009

Col. Herman Brunke, who took command of the 926th Group on May 29, shares his vision for the U.S. Air Force Reserve's unit in its Total Force Integration efforts.

(U.S. Air Force Reserve photo/Capt Jessica Martin)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The arrival of this holiday season traditionally signals a time of preparation, celebration and reflection. I wanted to take a moment to tell you how thankful I am for all of you -- your hard work, your care for each other and your support of this community. You have much to be proud of; accomplishments in growing this group, supporting the missions of the United States Air Force Warfare Center and Air Force Reserve Command, and fighting the war on Terror have earned you the respect and thanks of your chain of command and a grateful nation.

My concern at this time is for the safety and wellbeing of each of you. Please be careful as you shop for presents, decorate your homes, entertain or celebrate and travel to visit friends and family. There are those around us who may look to do harm, make unfair gains or take unnecessary risks in their actions. Your awareness, avoidance and precautions are your primary defenses against these potential threats. Please be vigilant. Please take time and make the effort to ensure your own physical and mental wellness. Fatigue or illness, including depression, can affect or overwhelm any of us. None of us is truly alone; there are many different agencies and individuals who are trained and available to provide help. Please continue to be good wingmen, look after and support each other.

This year, almost completed, held many changes and challenges, not all welcomed or anticipated, yet we adapted and overcame. While the New Year currently holds uncertainties for our Air Force, our nation's economy and our world, it also holds the bright promise of continued success for those of us willing to make the necessary effort and do the work. It will not be too hard because we will do it together and take it one day at a time. May God bless you and your families with a safe holiday season and a happy New Year.

Happy Holidays!
Col Brunke