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Preparation key to success of CORONA South

Photos by Tech. Sgt. Doug Lingefelt

A marshaller from Transient Alert guides a C-37 into place in the early morning hours as distinguished visitors arrive at MacDill. The smallest details of the conference were arranged months in advance of their arrival.

When asked to host the CORONA South 2005 conference for a second straight year, Team MacDill came through in a big way providing outstanding support for the Air Force's top leaders.

The Air Force's senior leaders gathered here at the Davis Conference Center Monday for the conference held to address the many complex issues facing the Air Force today.

Approximately 60 leaders including acting Secretary and Under Secretary of the Air Force Peter B. Teets, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray attended the conference.

Though the conference may have only been a four-day event, the preparation was a base-wide effort that began many months in advance.

From ensuring the security of the Davis Conference Center to coordinating the logistics of the many arrivals and departures of all the distinguished visitors, the men and women of MacDill worked tirelessly to ensure the conferees were provided with a distraction-free environment so they could focus on the conference agenda.

Preparation and flexibility are two very important parts of hosting this conference, said Lt. Col. Fred Fallman, 6th Mission Support Group deputy commander and MacDill's CORONA Project Officer.

Beginning in December, Colonel Fallman led weekly meetings with all the MacDill team leaders discussing and planning every aspect of the event. Nothing was left to chance, and MacDill team members were involved every step of the way.

"The effort put forth to host this conference was tremendous," said Colonel Fallman. "An event like this takes months to prepare for, and all the organizations on base from civil engineering to the communications squadron played a major role.

We could not have done it without all the hard work from everyone involved."

After being at MacDill for only a few weeks, Colonel Margaret Woodward, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, was not surprised by the active support base personnel provided.

"The hard work and dedication of our Airmen really made CORONA South 2005 an exceptional event," said Colonel Woodward. "I would like to personally thank all those who took time from their already hectic work schedules to help prepare for CORONA."

You've demonstrated to our Air Force leadership what an outstanding group of Airmen we have at MacDill, and your efforts contributed directly to the success of the conference!"




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