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AFSPC commander sends holiday message

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The holidays are a festive time of year, providing an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and reflect on the events of the year. Looking back on 2009, Air Force Space Command had many significant accomplishments and everyone played a critical role in our successes.

The outstanding professionals in Air Force Space Command are the key reason we can deliver game-changing capabilities to the joint fight. Yet our 2009 safety record was poor. We must get better at safety in 2010 and now is a good time to start. The holidays are filled with events and activities that can cause distractions -- and distractions often lead to accidents. I urge everyone not to lose focus and renew your dedication to safety in the New Year.

The goal for this season and for 2010 is zero fatalities. We have achieved this goal in the past and we can do it again. It will take a concerted effort from everyone. Act responsibly in all activities -- remain vigilant while traveling, cooking, playing sports and entertaining. While you take time off from work, don't take time off from safety.

Be a good wingman and take care of one another. Intervene as necessary if you find a fellow airman, friend or family member in trouble. If you need help, reach out and ask for it. Seeking help is a sign of strength. There are many services and resources available to help work through problems, please ask for help as needed.

During the holidays, relax and recharge your batteries--responsibly. Enjoy the season and take time to make wonderful memories with your family and friends. Come back ready to go in 2010--it will be a busy year.

We are a nation at war with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in harm's way -- the missions of AFSPC are focused on providing capabilities to joint warfighters, saving lives in the process. As we celebrate the holiday season here at home, we are forever mindful of the many servicemen and women stationed abroad separated from their loved ones. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. Marj and I wish you all the warmth and enjoyment the holidays can offer. Happy Holidays to all!
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