It's all about winning

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  • By Colonel James P. Brock
  • 442d Fighter Wing Maintenance Group Commander
This past year was quite successful for our local professional sports teams.  The Kansas City Royals claimed the World Series crown for the first time in thirty years.  The Kansas City Chiefs won eleven games in a row including a playoff victory on the road against the Houston Texans.  By the way, my favorite college football team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, just won their sixteenth national championship. What a year!

Our maintenance group possesses a winning mentality.  No matter what mission placed before them, this elite Total Force organization continually provides high quality, reliable aircraft in garrison and in combat environments because of the contributions made by each and every member of the team.  In 2014, the Air Force Reserve Command recognized this organization awarding it with the Maintenance Effectiveness Award for maintenance excellence. 

Vince Lombardi, the highly successful and award winning coach of the Green Bay Packers once said, "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all-time thing.  You don't win once in a while, you do them right all the time.  Winning is habit."  It's a point of emphasis we all strive for in our business.  Doing things right the first time....quality is job one, we have all heard the words.  Practicing this ethos ensures we all continually strive for improvement while relentlessly looking for undetected non-compliant areas and constantly seeking ways to improve processes.  Doing so will make each of us more efficient and our organizations effective.  Just as important, we must continually train each other and the future generation of airman so we are ready for the next time called into harm's way.  Rest assured that call will come.  When it does, I have no doubt this organization will be ready for it because each of you possesses the abilities necessary to ensure everyone maintains a constant state of readiness necessary for winning the battle.

Winning derives from teamwork.  The teamwork across the 442d Fighter Wing is the best I've seen out of any Reserve organization I have had the privilege working with over my 32 year career.  Everyone loves the triumphs of victory.  But the key to victory is the journey. I am honored to serve as a servant-leader in this great organization.  More importantly, I am humbled by the selfless dedication to excellence each and every member of this organization owns.  Thanks for all you do.  Together we will continue winning!