Commander's Comments, June 2018

Battle Creek Air National Guard, Mich. --

Team Battle Creek,


Welcome to June RSD! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day and holiday weekend. We had several teams involved with local community gatherings, including our awesome Honor Guard and Color Guard teams, where they explained and  demonstrated the  importance of paying tribute to the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. If  you  are available in the future, I highly recommend participating in these events, the experience is extremely rewarding.

June drill is full of events. As you are probably aware, the Director of the ANG, Lt. Gen. Rice,  along with Chief Master Sgt. Anderson, will be visiting the 110th all day on Saturday. By the time you read this article, the schedule will be published to the entire Wing. Of note, there is an all call (eg. mandatory formation) in the hangar at 1500 on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, we will be having our Wingmen and Family Day events. I'm linking both events together because we hope your families can attend our Wingman Day. We have activities planned all morning, lunch with our families, followed by the Family Day portion in the afternoon. It will be a lot of fun and a great day to recognize our families for their unwavering support and commitment.

Support from our families is essential for our success. Having your family at your side is one of the most valuable things that military members can have throughout their careers. As a community- based force, members of the ANG have unique challenges  integrating  family  members  into  their particular  military  organization. Communication is typically more difficult, deployment notices are sometimes not timely, and the balance required between civilian employment, military duty, and family is probably the most difficult.

While most family members did not swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States like that of the military member, they have selflessly dedicated themselves toward the development and success of their military member. As a result, each and  every one  of  them deserves to be a priority in  the lives of  the Airmen as  well  as to the Air Force and Air National Guard as a whole. Without  the support of  the military family,  it would be nearly impossible to be in a right state   of mind to allow an individual to focus on mission accomplishment when the call comes.

As an example, an Airman can always be called  to deploy, but if that member is having trouble at home, the Airman will undoubtedly find it more difficult to ensure their job performance on the  front lines is the best it can possibly be. As a result, the lack of focus could be placing the lives of their coworkers as well as their own at  risk.

This is not to say that only a military member with a spouse needs to focus on their family. Family is what you make of it. Family does not have to be limited to the traditional nuclear family. A family can consist of your military family or other forms of wingmen. A family can be whatever support structure is available that helps our members maintain personal stability/fitness (mental, spiritual, social, physical) in a stressful and demanding environment. By ensuring our families are a focus in the life of the military member, that family will be prepared to maintain the home front and support the military member when the time comes for the mission to demand more of them. Families enable our ability  to accomplish our mission and their support is critical to our success. In summary…“Readiness begins with our Airmen and their Families.”

My best to you and your family!