Take time to reflect on holiday season's many gifts

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  • By Gen. Donald Hoffman
  • Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
Another holiday season is upon us. At this time of year, we reflect on the past 12 months and recall the many gifts we've received. As we gather with friends and family to celebrate, we must also remember the sacrifices of those who have helped secure the very blessings for which we're thankful.

Today the Air Force has more than 35,000 Airmen -- military and civilian -- deployed to preserve the gifts of independence, freedom and democracy. Within Air Force Materiel Command, almost 1,200 members are deployed this holiday season, serving our country abroad.

I thank our deployed Airmen, and all of you carrying out the mission at home, for your service to our Air Force and nation. I am both grateful for and inspired by your professionalism and commitment to excellence. I ask you to maintain that vigilance and focus on high standards as 2010 draws to a close.

Please remember that this joyous time of year also brings increased risks and hazards, especially on the roads. Whether piling into the car for a holiday road trip to see family or just driving across town to visit with friends, take the weather and road conditions into consideration, always wear your seat belt, and never drink and drive. By applying real time risk management as you make your holiday plans, you help ensure a safe season for yourself and your family.

With your help -- and through your unrelenting dedication and sense of teamwork -- I know 2011 will see continued success for the AFMC mission.

Jacki and I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with health and happiness. We are proud to serve with you in the world's most respected air and space force.