Labor Day: Your hard work is appreciated

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Another summer has come and gone. The mornings are a little cooler. The nights a little darker. Families have vacationed, reunited, made memories.

As the Labor Day holiday approaches, the nation is preparing to take a break. One final summer holiday before the fall and winter – a holiday meant to commemorate American workers.

Some of the hardest working Americans are the military, civilian, and contractor Airmen at Hill Air Force Base, who daily strive to ensure the safety and security of the United States. I thank you for your commitment to the many missions here and for the many sacrifices you make in service to others.

Over the long weekend, take satisfaction in the contributions you make each and every day, and recognize the contributions of your families and coworkers. Without the entire team, we cannot have the same level of success we enjoy when all are focused and supportive of each other. Your accomplishments do not go unnoticed.

Also take time to think about your teammates who are deployed, on temporary duty, or stationed far away from home. Consider contacting them with a phone call, text, or e-mail. Don’t forget about their families, either. They share in their Airmen’s sacrifices and you reaching out to them will not only brighten their day, it will brighten your day, too!

Every Airman is necessary to successfully complete our missions so I ask that you be safe during the long weekend. Before recreating, think about the risks involved and have a plan to minimize any dangers to yourself and others. Let others know where you’ll be, especially if you plan to hike, camp, or take part in other activities away from home. Keep an eye on each other and lend a hand where you can, that is what being a good Wingman all is about. If someone is about to make a poor decision, step in and make the situation right. I need all of you back healthy and focused after the holiday.

The Air Force is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and while seasons change every year, the men and women of Hill Air Force Base – military, civilians and contractors – have not wavered. Today, nearly 28,000 of you, each with a unique role and responsibility, continue to provide unmatched air power to the warfighter through your awesome efforts.

Please take the time to enjoy your family and recharge. I’m proud of what you do and wish you much happiness as you enjoy your time off…you’ve earned it!