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Until we meet again …

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is an occasion for everything and a time for every activity under heaven.” (Christian Standard Bible).

My time here at Luke AFB is coming to a close. It has been a tour of momentous and joyous events while at times tumultuous and highly stressful. But through it all, there is nothing I would change.

During my time here at Luke, I met amazing people from all walks of life who have shown a desire for something greater than their own personal experience. I have walked through the mountain highs of life with Airmen, and I have navigated the valleys of life with grieving families and squadrons who lost loved ones.

I am reminded that there is a time for every activity. Allow me to offer a couple final thoughts.

First, I would simply like to say, Thank you! I am deeply appreciative of your choice to serve our country whether here at home or deployed. Beyond your willingness to serve our country, I am inspired by your involvement in your communities, your squadrons and across the 56th Fighter Wing for the sake of others. So, whether you were participating in a base-wide event or accomplishing all of the small tasks at your personal work center, know that what you do is valuable and matters.

Second, #FaithWorks! I hope and pray that you would strengthen your spiritual pillar. Your faith journey, along with the values and morals that you hold to, is a vital piece to your success in life. Being an active participant in your faith will keep you grounded, focused and provide a stronghold for when you encounter the rough moments of life. #FaithWorks!

Kermit the Frog, in The Muppet Christmas Carol says it best, “Life is made up of meetings and partings. That is the way of it.” I will never forget my time here at Luke but the time has come to say good-bye … until we meet again.

May God bless you, your families and the work of your hands!

Courtesy of Chaplain (Capt.) James Lanford, 56th FW Chapel