AEDC Team members make resolutions in preparation for the New Year

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  • By Deidre Moon

Question: What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2021?

“In light of the trying and uncertain times that we all experienced in 2020 and my own (non-COVID) medical challenges from last year, I have a new perspective going into 2021.

My New Year’s resolutions are to not take for granted the time that I have; to spend as much time as I can enjoying my family (especially my new grandbaby that God gave us in 2020) and being the best Christian family man, friend to all, and co-worker that I can be!” – Jeff Dodd, Senior Engineer, Air Force

“My 2021 New Year’s Resolution is to retire after 41-plus years at AEDC. I’ve been blessed to work with many great people and leaders in testing and analysis, and in supporting customers, like the Missile Defense Agency, at numerous places inside/outside the U.S.  I’ve got a problem though. I’ve been supporting ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) test and evaluation for the last few years as the U.S. replaces the Minuteman III missile with the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent. 

“It has been fascinating work at Arnold and at the AEDC operating location at Hill AFB, Utah, as the nation develops the first ICBM in over 30 years, one that will last beyond 2075.  I get to contribute technically in several areas while hiring and managing a large contractor workforce from this generation to shoulder the challenges long after I’m gone. That’s been hard to walk away from, so we’ll see if I can keep my resolution.” – Rick Gamble, ICBM Lead, TMAS

“2020 was an eye-opening year. In 2021, I resolve to be more mindful (and active) of the opportunities around me to help others, and to be more present in my day-to-day encounters.” – Holly Jones, Security Specialist, Air Force

“My New Year’s Resolution is to slow down and enjoy the millions of small moments that come with each day. I turn 40 this year, and my oldest child will be driving. So while I can, I want to soak in every moment no matter how big or small it may be.” – Sara Liner, Information Protection Security Manager, Air Force

“I don’t have an explicit New Year’s resolution; it feels like an expectation and kind of forced to me. Looking at what I need to work on, though, patience and understanding certainly top the list. – Justin Thompson, Aeropropulsion Test Engineer, TMAS