By Col. Lee Smith, 120th Airlift Wing Commander
/ Published December 02, 2016
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- During this holiday season, my thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress and success possible. I'm proud to share with you the long list of accomplishments from the past year.
The 120th Airlift Wing supported 53 operational missions, including 27 JA/ATTs delivering 815 passengers and 413.8 tons of cargo and airdropped 2313 jumpers and 233.9 tons of cargo. You traveled to 36 different states, 14 countries and landed on 96 different airfields. During this time, the Wing earned its second consecutive Air Force Outstanding Unit Award en-route to successfully completing its conversion on time on 1 October 2016; a true testament of your amazing work! We also completed five of seven conversion related construction projects. Two ongoing construction projects will be completed in Fiscal Year 2017, and with that the 120th Airlift Wing facility conversion program will fully support all C-130 aircraft operations and maintenance requirements.
In addition to supporting our federal mission, our Airmen continued to support others. The CFC provided assistance to nine of our service members and their families. The Wing hosted the annual Holiday Party for more than 1,000 service members and families in conjunction with Wingman Day. Operation Giving Spirit provided Christmas meals for 22 members and their families. In addition, 80 children attended Camp Runnamuka, 2,300 individuals attended the Family Day events, 55 individuals attended 3 Strong Bond retreats, 5 Yellow Ribbon events supported 572 deployers and their families, 53 units of blood were collected in 4 blood drives and the Honor Guard participated in 11 funerals and 15 Honor Guard details.
It is in this spirit that I say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and happy New Year. I hope you take the opportunity to reflect on your professional and personal success in 2016 with an eye toward elevating your aspirations for 2017.
LESLIE T. SMITH, Jr., Colonel, USAF
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