From the AMC commander: A message to Mobility Airmen

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  • By Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr.
  • Commander, Air Mobility Command
As we look toward the Labor Day holiday and the end of the active summer months, I want to take a moment and tell you how very proud I am of the work you are doing here at home and around the world.

Each of you is making a difference in our world every day. Whether you're supporting the mission from your home station or you're deployed to a forward operating location, the work you do is incredibly important.

Sometimes it's not about "what" we do, but "why" we do it and for "whom" we do it.

Your job in AMC is to enable the success of others, and you are very good at what you do. Our Mobility Air Forces deliver forces to the fight (or the humanitarian operation), we sustain them, and then we bring them home again. That's what we do.

And we don't do this for ourselves. We do this for our Joint Force, for our Coalition allies and for our civilian partners so that our nation can achieve its critical objectives. As we leverage our three core capabilities - air refueling, airlift and aeromedical evacuation - we are touching lives and saving lives. That's what we are all about. That's "Global Reach for America ... Always."

As we continue this important mission, and as our operations tempo continues to rise, you must take time to take care of yourselves, your family, and your fellow Airmen.

As you enjoy the final months of summer, I urge you to keep safety at the forefront of everything you do. No matter what you are doing, please take the time to practice proper risk management. Whether you're driving your car, riding your motorcycle, barbequing at home with family and friends, or enjoying water sports, the few seconds it takes to calculate the risks and weigh your options could save your life and possibly someone else's.

Do whatever it takes to stay safe, and remind others to do the same.

Each of you is a valuable member of our AMC and Air Force family, and one life lost is one too many. Accidents will happen, but if we can take a few seconds to think about safety, we can help ensure lives are not lost.