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AFSPC holiday message

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- As we come to the end of 2011, and as I approach the close of my first year in command of AF Space Command, I'd like you to join me in reflecting on the events of this last year.

As a Command, we can--and should--take pride in how much you have accomplished in 2011. Our cyber capabilities are literally maturing in leaps and bounds. Our launch success record is magnificent, unparalleled in the history of spaceflight. Our acquisition programs are truly amazing, with new approaches that are saving us millions of dollars. Our satellite operations are wringing every drop of capability out of on-orbit assets, sometimes flying satellites that are old enough to vote. Our assets ensure national survival every day by keeping a vigilant watch, in a couple of cases in some very remote and challenging locations. The list goes on and on, but you get the picture. We're truly privileged to have such talented and dedicated people in this Command. And every person shares in our successes regardless of specialty or function. We all come together as teammates to assure mission capability; our collective excellence ensures our success.

Maybe I'm just getting wistful as I grow older, but I can't tell you how proud I am to command this wonderful organization. Your passion for the mission is contagious. Your innovative spirit will get us through these difficult budget times. And your courage to always do the right thing is inspiring.

Linda and I wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable holiday season! I look forward to a tremendously productive 2012!