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It's Thanksgiving -- have fun but remember your Wingman

  • Published
  • By Col. Nick Zallas
  • Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the 66th Air Base Wing Commander
Next week many of us will be spending some quality time with our families, enjoying delicious foods, Thanksgiving Day parades, football games and a well-deserved day off!

We have much to be thankful for: our thriving democracy, a secure and prosperous nation and the blessings of family and friends. Thanksgiving allows us an opportunity to reflect on how truly lucky we, as Americans, are.

Let us pause to reflect on and give thanks for the sacrifices that the men and women of our armed forces make daily on our behalf. They are working around the world to ensure our great nation and its citizens continue to benefit from the liberty, security and prosperity we enjoy daily.

In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, remember your Wingman. Although looking out for each other during this holiday season should be a top priority, let's also not forget the family members of those who are deployed.

The holidays can be stressful and separation from our loved ones or financial concerns can weigh heavily on our minds. Keep your eyes open for tell-tale signs of any behavior that seems out of the ordinary.

Showing someone you care can be as easy as asking your co-worker how they are doing, inviting someone over for Thanksgiving dinner, providing a meal for our mission-essential personnel who are working during the holidays or a even a simple phone call to show you are thinking of them and care.

Remember, we are all about Airmen taking care of Airmen. Be sure to do all you can to prevent a drinking and driving accident from tragically destroying the lives of people around you. Practicing safe driving habits and wearing your seatbelts are a must for the winter season.

We're all in this together and should be looking out for each other. The holiday season is the time of year when Wingmen are most needed. If you see someone who has been drinking or is too tired and shouldn't be driving home after a party, do the right thing and call them a cab. Always look out for your Wingman. Keep an eye over your shoulder; you just might save their life.

So take time to be with your family and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, but also reflect on how truly fortunate we are. Most especially, do everything possible to ensure we all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.