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Mackett takes over 6th Medical Group

by Senior Airman Stephanie Witty
Thunderbolt staff writer
Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Chisholm
Col. Tanker Snyder, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, hands the 6th Medical Group guidon to its new commander, Col. Charles Mackett.

Col. (Dr.) Charles W. Mackett assumed command of the 6th Medical Group from Col. Alan D. Newton during a change-of-command ceremony Monday in Hangar 3.

Colonel Mackett was previously the commander of the 45th Medical Group, Patrick AFB, Fla., where he was in charge of coordinating health care services for more than 45,000 military beneficiaries in central and southern Florida.

At MacDill, he will be in charge of providing critical warfighting support to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and 49 other tenant units here.

Colonel Newton will be assigned as the 55th Medical Group commander, Offutt AFB, Neb.

In his speech during the change-of-command ceremony, Col. Tanker Snyder, 6th AMW commander, stressed not only the importance of quality medical care to the military family, but also to the safety and freedom of our nation.

"No matter what career field you are in, the bottom line is that preparing for war is our primary task," he said. "Medical readiness is probably the most important component to ensuring the nation's armed forces are prepared to fight and win the wars."

Colonel Mackett is enthusiastic about commanding the group and its people, recognizing its outstanding achievements.

"I am honored and privileged to be the commander of this group and its outstanding medical warriors," he said. "I will strive to maintain the high standards that made the 6th Medical Group Air Mobility Command's Medical Treatment Facility of Year for 2002."

Colonel Snyder also expressed his confidence in Colonel Mackett's abilities to carry on a tradition of superiority in the 6th AMW's medical capabilities.

"Colonel Mackett has blazed his way through an exceptional military career in the medical field," he said. "His education and experience make it obvious that he is perfectly suited to lead the 6th Medical Group."

Colonel Mackett has highlighted several goals for the group and its people.

"My goals for the group are simple," he said. "First, we will safely and professionally execute our mission and that of the 6th Air Mobility Wing. Second, we will enhance our quality of caring by providing outstanding service to our patients and our customers. Finally, we will take care of our people by ensuring they are mentored and trained to do what the group needs done today and to be prepared for what the Air Force needs done tomorrow."

The new medical group commander looks forward to a positive future here participating in the wing's mission and working with its people.

"Michele and I are excited to be part of Team MacDill," he said. "The wing's role in Global Power and Global Reach and its support of our major mission partners are critical to winning the Global War on Terrorism. There are many challenges ahead but I will ensure Team MacDill has a medically ready force and a healthy community."

Not only are he and his family looking forward to working with the people of MacDill, but also taking advantage of what the community and the local area have to offer.

"It's obvious the people of Tampa Bay provide awesome support to Team MacDill and appreciate their military. Michele and I look forward to becoming full participants in this growing, vibrant community."




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