Independence Day ... a time to reflect on past, think of future

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  • By Col. Jeff King
  • 78th Air Base Wing commander
Fireworks, family, food and fun. Those are some of the words that come to mind when thinking about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday ... but it's so much more than that.

Generation after generation, groups of young men and women take up the profession of arms or support it through federal service, and it's not a profession we entered into lightly. We signed up with dreams of being a part of something bigger than ourselves, and we stay because, despite the challenges ... our sense of duty, our dedication to the mission, and the sense of belonging that comes with unformed and federal service are fulfilling.

When we come to work, whether it's in a uniform, a suit and tie, or a pair of jeans, we are answering a higher calling. We are serving our Nation in the footsteps of those who have done so before us. They created a Tradition of Honor and a Legacy of Valor, and it's our job to uphold them.

It's not just words when we say "Success Here = Success There." In order for a sword to be an effective tool of battle, the tip must be sharp, the blade's edge must be honed, and the hilt must be secure. Figuratively, every part of the sword is represented on Robins Air Force Base, and it takes each of us to ensure mission effectiveness ... here and there.

July Fourth - it's a time to reflect on the past, be mindful of the present, and to think of the future. It's a time to honor our determination, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to every act of excellence each of us performs on a daily basis in support of the mission.  

Enjoy the fireworks, the barbecues, and the time with family and friends. Come back to work restored, with a renewed sense of purpose, and a stronger sense of what it means to be an American.  Come back fired-up to execute the mission! People down range, in our local communities, and across this great Nation are counting on us.

This year marks Robins' 75th anniversary.  That's 75 years we've been Projecting Power for our Nation. Team Robins gets it done!