Commander reflects on upcoming events

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  • By Col. Randal L. Bright
  • 512th Airlift Wing commander
What a busy first two years here. With the exception of the 512th Operations Group that's preparing for their Aircrew Standardization and Evaluation in August, this will be the first time since I arrived in June of 2007, that the wing as whole has not been making ardent preparations for some type of inspection. But, just because we're not getting ready for an inspection, doesn't mean things have necessarily slowed down. 

Operations Tempo
During these 23 months, you have successfully completed an Air Mobility Command Operational Readiness Inspection, an Air Force Reserve Command Unit Compliance Inspection, a Maintenance Standardization Evaluation Program, and a Health Services Inspection. Take the results of these inspections and use those issues to further your ownership of your shop, flight, squadron, group and wing by maintaining those programs that are working well, and strive to improve those programs that need improvement. In the end, this will be a better wing as we will be taking care of the most important asset - our wing members. 

New Airframe
We now have two C-5M Super Galaxies; and, after some speed bumps in the road as far as legacy systems go, we are ready to start getting our crews and maintainers familiar with this great addition to our fleet. We are now two thirds of the way to our total of three C-5Ms. The third arrives this September, and our air and maintenance crews will be ready to surge in the Operational Test and Evaluation process for validating the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program for the C-5Bs. 

101 Safety Campaign
Shortly after our May UTA, we will roll into Memorial Day weekend and the 101 Critical Days of Summer. Through the fall, winter and spring campaigns, we have been improving our safety culture in our Air Force, because losing one member of our Air Force family is one too many. Continue to stay focused, and remember to take a moment to perform a mental risk analysis before undertaking any activity. You have earned your time to enjoy the summer, just be safe so that you may return to your family, your civilian employer and the 512th Airlift Wing. 

Fit to Fight
This time of year is when most of our units perform a majority of their Fit-to-Fight assessments. Make sure you have done your part prior to your assessment. Being physically fit is an Air Force requirement. Take ownership of yourself and do what you can to maintain your physical fitness, so you're not a liability to your unit but more importantly, so you're not a liability to yourself. 

Again, enjoy the summer months, you've earned it. And, thank you for the service you provide for our nation. I am honored to be your commander.