The season to care for others is here

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  • By Col. Michael Panarisi
Just prior to the Thanksgiving weekend, I asked all of our leaders to re-double efforts aimed at ensuring the report I submit to HQ read NSTR (Nothing Significant to Report), and I'm thrilled to report that I was able to do just that.

We often pay close attention to the "100 critical days of summer" but with the change in the weather, shorter days, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the "100-ish days of winter" are just as dangerous.

My thanks to all who took the time to challenge their colleagues' plans, reaffirm our commitment to sustaining the workforce, and intervening where necessary to prevent some unplanned trips to the ER.

I'm sure you've heard "safety starts with an attitude." That attitude is no accident. I get all the reports from the other bases across AFMC, and I can tell you not everyone was successful in this quest. Let's keep it up! We have the most challenging weeks still ahead.

Now that we've survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I'd like us all to think about our friends and neighbors who might not be looking forward to the Holiday season. By now I'm sure you've seen Angel Trees, Toys for Tots collection sites, and the familiar bell ringers at the mall. These are just a few of the opportunities to share your blessings, and personally make a difference in someone's life.

While our national economy is showing the early signs of a recovery, the programs and organizations that step in for those in need are still reporting record high demand, and are not able to meet the needs that in some cases literally arrive on their doorstep.

In times like these, the power really is in "the people."

If we all pitch in, our numerous small contributions will go much farther than a few single big donations. While I'm exceedingly proud of our world class, eager and talented workforce here, what I really appreciate is the "spirit of giving" that is so prevalent across our little piece of paradise.

From your generous support to the Nashville flood relief efforts to the record setting levels of support to our recent Combined Federal Campaign, you've proven over and over again that caring for each other is "job one."

If you need some ideas on how you can help, check in with your local Chamber of Commerce. They are totally plugged in to the local agencies and programs, and can point you in the right directions. And along the way, you may find the best gift of all this season is the gift of giving!