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Happy Holidays to AFDW Airmen

The United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants snap their fingers while singing holiday carols for Air Force District of Washington Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

The United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants snap their fingers while singing holiday carols for Air Force District of Washington Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Sharon K.G. Dunbar listens while the United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants sing holiday carols for AFDW Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Sharon K.G. Dunbar listens while the United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants sing holiday carols for AFDW Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

The United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants sing holiday carols for Air Force District of Washington Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

The United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants sing holiday carols for Air Force District of Washington Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

The United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants sing holiday carols for Air Force District of Washington Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

The United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants sing holiday carols for Air Force District of Washington Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Sharon K.G. Dunbar and AFDW Airmen applaud the United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants after they finished singing holiday carols throughout the Jones Building at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Sharon K.G. Dunbar and AFDW Airmen applaud the United States Air Force Band Singing Sergeants after they finished singing holiday carols throughout the Jones Building at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck)

Joint Base Andrews, Md. -- AFDW Family,
As we enter into the holidays, please accept my best wishes for a safe, happy holiday season as well as my appreciation for your selfless service.

Since joining the AFDW team five months ago, I've seen you execute complex missions with pride, precision and teamwork. You've done the same in taking care of our fellow Airmen and community members. You're as inspiring as you are impressive, and I'm so proud to serve alongside you.

My hope is that each of you has plans to spend at least part of the holiday with family or friends -- and that you'll take extra care of yourselves and others over the holiday season. I've learned that being separated from loved ones, traveling long distances with unpredictable weather conditions, keeping holiday lights and candles aglow, and toasting with holiday spirits are just a few reasons why this festive time of year warrants extra vigilance as Wingmen.

Please also keep close in your thoughts our many deployed and TDY Airmen and their families. I know how much they appreciate the thoughtfulness you demonstrate all year round. Thank you for being such great Wingmen by sending them encouraging e-mails over the holidays.

Doug and I wish you and your families a happy, safe Holiday Season; we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!