Maintaining Standards

by Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente
86th Airlift Wing commander

Since taking command on June 10th, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of the great Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing. It is a privilege to serve with you, the men and women who provide combat airlift and operate the Air Force’s premier installation to enable and assure strategic capabilities. This team is made up of professionals, committed to serving their country and doing so with excellence.

This is a way of life, a 24-hour profession so maintaining the Air Force standard is paramount.

We have a broad and complex mission here, consistently delivering airpower and finding solutions to meet our nation’s challenges. We have an innovative team focused on high standards of performance and we will continue to operate at those high standards.

Unlike Airmen stationed back home, we perform combat operations from essentially a forward-deployed location. We all have our challenges but being forward deployed requires an extra level of readiness and focus.

Personal and organizational readiness ensures we can respond to our nation’s call at a moment’s notice. Within 24 hours, we could find ourselves in an austere location supporting one of three combatant commands. If we don’t truly train like we fight, we hinder the Air Force’s ability to respond anytime, anywhere.

Remaining war-fighter focused allows us to continue our legacy of professionalism and discipline.

Readiness is furthered by personal accountability. This is why the commander’s inspection program is imperative to our Air Force culture. By focusing on self-inspection and by self-identifying problems within our processes, we can track our own deficiencies and implement our own solutions, ensuring continuous improvement for our mission and our capabilities.

To anticipate the needs of tomorrow, professional Airmen must commit to take care of the mission, and most importantly, take care of each other.

Our environment encompasses the values and standards we live by, whether we are on duty or off duty. We foster trust within our organization, our sister services and joint and international partners by creating a climate of dignity and respect.

Accomplishing the mission safely and effectively hinges on our ability to take care of one another and if we do, we will be successful.

I look forward to experiencing this wing’s global mission first-hand. Together, we will write a new chapter in history and define the future of Team Ramstein. I’m extremely pleased with the high caliber individuals I’ve met thus far and look forward to future accomplishments, overcoming future challenges, and excelling to even greater heights.

We as Airmen are the Air Force’s greatest resource and I challenge every Airman to maintain our standards in the world’s greatest Air Force.