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Major accomplishments mark an outstanding AFMC year

  • Published
  • By General Donald Hoffman
  • AFMC Commander
As 2009 comes to a close, it's important I say thank you to everyone in Air Force Materiel Command, and to your families, for your hard work and dedicated service to our command and the Air Force. Your skills, talents and professionalism have resulted in a year full of AFMC accomplishments.

We've made significant strides in increased civilian hiring. More than 1,700 new employees were hired through job fairs, partnerships with universities, recruitment initiatives and more. During the last year, we were able to consume 6 percent of our energy from renewable sources which doubled the Air Force's target of 3 percent. In the arena of wellness, we spearheaded a smoking-cessation program in which several hundred quit tobacco use.

These successes, along with many others, can be attributed to this outstanding command and the work you do every day.

Throughout the year, we also have taken time to raise money and donate to those in need. With this year's designation as the Year of the Air Force Family we're especially mindful of helping our immediate Air Force family, but also contributing to our host communities.

As of November, more than 40,000 Airmen, both military and civilian, have deployed Air Force wide. Within AFMC, more than 1,400 men and women are deployed now. As you enjoy the holiday with family and friends, please remember our deployed service members and those preparing for impending deployments.

While we celebrate the season, continue to be mindful of safety. For those traveling during the holidays, pay attention to weather reports, buckle up while traveling and never drink and drive.

The new year will bring us many challenges, but I'm confident that we can handle them. Along with challenges come opportunities, and we welcome them.

Jacki and I wish you and your families a happy and rejuvenating holiday season and a safe and healthy new year full of personal and professional successes.