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World class commander's call

by Airman 1st Class Andrea Thacker
Thunderbolt editor

The 6th Air Mobility Wing commander held his first commander's call since taking command of the wing nearly four months ago.

Col. Tanker Snyder addressed a full theater Monday on many issues regarding the base and the people who live and work on MacDill.

First, Colonel Snyder welcomed home 22 wing members who were called to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, but reminded those in attendance there are still approximately 300 MacDill members still deployed in support of that and other operations. Referring to a recent announcement by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper, Col. Snyder said, The Air Force is working hard to return to pre-OIF operations and resume the rotational AEF battle rhythm our people a sense of stability and predictability.

Even though members are home, the AEF cycles are working at getting back on track, said Colonel Snyder. He thanked everyone from airmen to civilian; active to reserve for their continued efforts to make MacDill a world-class installation.

"Thank you to everyone for making MacDill a magnificent place to live, work and play," said Col. Snyder. "We've done some tremendous things and more are on the way."

He reminded everyone the 101 critical days of summer are just around the corner and stressed the importance of staying safe during this time and always.

"Here at MacDill, we don't just practice safety during these 101 days, but we do so all year round," said Col. Snyder. Among many safety issues addressed Col. Snyder urged joggers and runners to remember to wear reflective gear when running in hours of reduced visibility.

On the subject of joggers, he talked about plans for new jogging paths. The new paths will be easier on the feet. Other renovations in store for MacDill were discussed. Among these were plans for improvements in dorm and Military Family Housing Quality of Life.

Also on the horizon are a new Air Traffic Control Tower, a new Mission Planning Center, a Crash Fire Station and a Naval Reserve Center.




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