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Completing the mission requires teamwork

F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. -- Which group at the Mighty Ninety is more vital to complete the mission? Is it the operations group, security forces group, medical group, mission support group, or the maintenance group?

Although, we could debate (jokingly, of course) who is more important, there is no doubt that it was our collective forces that garnered us the best Space Wing in Air Force award.

It was a spirit of teamwork in which all Warren organizations were pulling in the same direction that made it possible for us to achieve this coveted award.

Today's reduced Air Force resources makes it imperative we continue to have a Mighty Ninety "one team, one fight" working attitude. It's no longer I and them; it's us. Human mathematics is such that one plus one equals three, as one's strengths join another is to forge a combination that's far greater than the sum of its parts.

"There is no limit to the good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit," said Army Gen. George Marshall.

Accepting the value of teams in our heads is one thing; embracing it by pulling with others at times in the Air Force can be difficult. Who among us has never been assigned to work on a team with someone who truly rubs you the wrong way, someone thinks he is a prima donna or the Lone Ranger? Although you may wish you could make them disappear, for the sake of the mission, we cannot allow those difficult individuals to prevent us from giving our best, which sometimes means giving 100 percent to ensure Team Warren doesn't fail or not achieve mission success.

Each of the 3,361 military members and 964 civilian employees of Team Warren play a vital role either directly or indirectly in our nation's defense. As members of the U.S. armed forces, "we're fighting in the forces, which guard our country and way of life." The American flag still stands for freedom because of our sacrifices and the sacrifices of those who have paved the way before us.

Let's continue to work together with not only our wing motto, "impavide," which means undauntedly spirit, but with a "one team, one fight" attitude taking responsibility as a stakeholder to ensure mission success -- the nation is depending on our services.
Oh, which group do I think is more vital to the mission? I think you know my answer.