Commentary

May 25, 2012

95th ABW CC wishes Team Edwards a happy, safe Memorial Day

by Col. Gregory Schwab
95th Air Base Wing commander
abw-memorial-day

I want to wish all of Team Edwards and their families a safe enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a time of remembering and reflection. As we enter the holiday, I wanted to share a few of my own reflections.

My family and I have had the great fortune to view Memorial Day Ceremonies at hollowed places like Arlington National Cemetery and then to walk amongst the markers of the fallen warriors from the Civil War all the way to those who more recently fell in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. We have walked the ground at Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor and Normandy and sensed the enormous weight of history borne there.

We have also participated in small town Memorial Day parades in the Midwest that lasted only a few minutes but brimmed with patriotism. What I have learned is that this country takes seriously its charge to always remember the ultimate sacrifices that our Armed Forces have always made on our behalf.

My other reflection is of the unending line of Americans who volunteer to serve. This week alone, Chief Richards and I had the great privilege to welcome home twelve Airmen who just returned from their seven-month deployment to the CENTCOM AOR. While deployed they ensured that the rapidly evolving tactical situation was underpinned with airtight security. We also were equally privileged to welcome the newest and youngest Airmen to Edwards and were recharged viewing the excitement in their eyes at all the possibilities that the Air Force and their chosen career fields had to offer them.

Enjoy your well-deserved weekend. Take a moment in your own way to remember those who gave their all. And lastly, take the time to rest and prepare for all the challenges ahead that will require the safe return of us all.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs March 20, 2015

Christian Seder Meal Have you ever wondered what a Passover Seder is all about? Everyone is invited to attend a “teaching and demonstration” Christian Seder March 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chapel 1 Annex. The elements of the Seder will be served as well as Matzo Ball Soup. The teaching demonstration...
 
 
Air Force photograph

Rosie the Riveter and me

Air Force photograph Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow displays a tattoo of “Rosie the Riveter” to showcase how she became who she is today. The history of Rosie shows that with dedication and effort, anyone can do anythin...
 
 

Exchange rewards academic excellence with You Made the Grade Program

Besides handling daily schoolwork, studying and tests, military students face unique challenges, including coping with separation from parents during deployments and multiple moves. In fact, according to the Military Child Education Coalition, military children typically move six to nine times by the time they’ve completed 12th grade, with many making multiple moves during high school....
 

 

Celebrating the work that social workers do

March is nationally recognized as Social Work Month. According to the National Association of Social Workers, since the first social work class was offered in the summer of 1898 at Columbia University, social workers have led the way developing private and charitable organizations to serve people in need. And now, social workers continue to address...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit

AFAF campaign taking off at Edwards

This year’s Air Force Assistance Fund campaign officially kicks off March 23 at Edwards, and the secretary of the Air Force approved a $5.97 million goal for this year’s campaign. The AFAF is a charitable fund by Ai...
 
 

Holy Week Schedule

Catholic April 2 – Holy Thursday, 7 p.m. (Chapel 2) April 3 – Good Friday, 5 p.m. (Chapel 2) April 4 – Holy Saturday, 8 p.m. (Chapel 2) April 5 – Easter, 9 a.m. (Chapel 2) Protestant April 3 – Good Friday, 11:30 a.m., service and fellowship (Chapel 1) April 5 – Easter Services Gospel...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>