Get ready for Keesler’s finest year

  • Published
  • By Brig. Gen. Greg Touhill
  • 81st Training Wing commander
Welcome to 2009! This year is already shaping up to be very busy for Keesler, and it is time for everyone to buckle their chin-straps and suit up for what promises to be our best year ever!

As mentioned in our December Commander's Calls, our focus for 2009 will be on improving policies, procedures and precision. Rebuilding is much more than brick and mortar; it is about making ourselves, our base, and our Air Force the best. I ask that every Keesler Airman -- military and civilian --join me in resolving to do our best in 2009 as we continue to Rebuild, Renew, and Reload at Keesler.

As you look across the wing calendar, you'll see that it is already filling up with significant events. Just look at the first six months of the year! January marks the change of command of the 403rd Wing from Brig. Gen. Rich Moss to Col. Jim Muscatell, the Air Education and Training Command Symposium and completion of the A-76 transition. February has us welcoming the AETC Logistics Standards and Evaluation Inspection Team. In March, we'll be busy with exercises in anticipation of the "Thunder on the Bay" air show the first weekend in April. In May we'll welcome back the Special Olympics, and in June we'll host the International Council of Military Sports Women's Soccer Championship. As you can see, Keesler is back and moving forward!

As you look forward into 2009, I urge you to set some personal resolutions too. For example, improve your health and fitness by exercising regularly and eating well. Improve your spirit through meditation or practice of your faith. Improve your relationships by demonstrating kindness and giving to others. Improve your job performance by committing yourself to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way, every day. Let's go!