Ogden Air Logistic Center Commander's Holiday Message

  • Published
  • By Maj. Gen. Andrew E. Busch
  • OO-ALC Commander
During the holiday season, it is appropriate to reflect on the year that has passed. 2010 has been an excellent year for Team Hill, filled with challenges and a great number of successes. Because of your hard work and dedication, you should be extremely proud of what you've achieved this year.

Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park is moving forward! Construction of the first commercial office building that will house the ICBM Prime Integration contractor broke ground in October. Next on the horizon will be the new security forces building and west gate house which will begin construction in Spring 2011. The utility and infrastructure work is currently underway.

This year was extremely busy for the 309th Maintenance Wing. In addition to modifying/repairing over 450 aircraft to support the warfighter, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group inducted 234 aircraft into storage at Davis-Monthan AFB. This is 2.5 times their normal workload and saved the Air Force $355 million.

Our Aerospace Sustainment Directorate continued to press forward with modernizing our aging aircraft platforms. The F-16 program office celebrated the completion of the Common Configuration Implementation Program which modified 500 F-16 Falcons, the largest modification program ever undertaken on this platform. Additionally, the on-going modifications to the A-10, such as Precision Engagement and the urgent operation need Infrared Countermeasures radar, will ensure its dominance for years to come.

As you gather with friends and families over the holidays, please take a moment to remember the men and women that are deployed. In 2010, Hill AFB supported over 1800 deployments and currently we have over 450 Airmen & civilians from Hill deployed around the globe supporting our combatant commanders. Please keep these service members, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers as they defend our nation in austere conditions against those that wish us harm.

Finally, please be extremely safe this holiday season. Be mindful of the risks in traveling through hazardous weather conditions. Before starting your travel, be rested and have an accurate weather report. As the winter season approaches, the roads will turn very slippery and the chance for accidents will increase. Please allow for extra time to travel to compensate for bad road conditions and the increased amount of holiday travelers this year. Do not drink and drive. If you choose to drink alcohol, designate a driver to ensure everyone arrives home safely. The Wingman concept especially applies during the holidays. Keep in contact with your Wingman and ensure they are well emotionally, physically, spiritually and socially. Do everything in your power to keep yourself, your family and your friends safe.

2010 has been a great year for Team Hill - our accomplishments have been significant and I believe we are focusing on the right things. I look forward to working side by side with you to make 2011 even better. Tomi and I wish you and your families a Happy Holiday season.