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MacDill sets standard for all Coronas

by Master Sgt. Chris Miller
6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs
photo by Staff Sgt Chad Chisholm
Gen. John P. Jumper, chief of staff of the Air Force, gives a round of applause during the dedication of the Davis Conference Center during Corona.

When it comes to providing professional, courteous support for top Air Force leaders during the Corona South 2004 conference, Team MacDill set the standard for others to follow.

The four-day conference gave leaders a chance to discuss important issues and policy, while enjoying MacDill's warm hospitality. Approximately 50 leaders including Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray attended the event. The 6th Air Mobility Wing's professionals worked diligently to make this annual conference a resounding success.

"The men and women of MacDill have exceeded expectations. In everything you see; world class is truly the standard. The bearing, appearance, and professionalism of the force here is a testament of how great our Air Force is today," said Chief Murray.

The week began with the dedication ceremony of the Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Conference Center and the momentum carried throughout the entire Corona week.

Preparation was the key to the conference's success, said Col. (Sel.) Tonya Brickhouse, 6th Mission Support Group deputy commander and Corona project officer.

"The enthusiastic, positive attitude throughout preparation that carried through during execution was the key to the conference's success," said Colonel Brickhouse. "The team started planning in August 2003 and involved a large cross section of outstanding people from all the groups and the director of staff," she said.

Colonel Brickhouse went on to say, "Talk about the 'wow' effect. Ron Hall, CSAF photographer, summed it up best when he pulled me aside and said, 'this is the 125th Corona I've attended and this is the best one ever.' That sums up just how well the MacDill team showcased MacDill's collective talent," said Colonel Brickhouse. "Simply outstanding!" Brig. Gen. (Sel.) Tanker Snyder, 6th AMW commander, was proud of the dedicated, energetic support MacDill provided for the event.

"Throughout the planning process and during Corona I saw people stepping up to the challenges," said General Snyder. "You can all be proud of what you've accomplished and know that I couldn't be happier with the results. You've shown our top leadership a truly world-class team in action. You have set the bar high for the rest of the Air Force. Thank you for the sacrifices you've all made to ensure our total success. Well Done!"

The post-Corona celebration is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., Wednesday on the beach near SeaScapes and everyone is invited.




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