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Commander’s call focuses on partners, safety, wingmen

by Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
Thunderbolt editor
Photo by Airman 1st Class David Minor

Lt. Col. Ken Gaines, Joint Communications Support Element deputy commander, explains JCSE’s mission to the wing.

The 6th Air Mobility Wing commander hosted two commander's calls Wednesday focusing on safety, the Wingman concept and the wing's accomplishments over the past several months.

Col. Maggie H. Woodward, 6th AMW commander, began by introducing the deputy commander for the Joint Communications Support Element, one of MacDill's mission partners. Lt. Col. Ken Gaines took the opportunity to enlighten the wing about JCSE's mission and role in current global operations.

Next up was the 6th AMW Ground Safety, office who emphasized the importance of having a designated driver for anyone who plans to drink. He also reintroduced the 0-0-1-3 concept, which is zero drinks for people under 21, zero drinks if you are driving, one drink per hour and a maximum of three drinks per night.

Colonel Woodward then took the stage to recap the recent Wingman day, where groups of similar rank from different squadrons across the wing discussed topics like mentoring, child care, coping skills, deployments and sexual assault.

A video presentation about Rodeo 2005 was next on the agenda. It highlighted MacDill's team and multiple wins, including "Best Air Mobility Wing."

Colonel Woodward reminded the wing of the multiple inspections in the next few months and she expects everyone to keep up the great work.

The climax of the commander's call was a video of various squadrons and wing members singing "We are the Champions" by Queen.

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