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Giving thanks

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  • By Col. Tracey Hayes
  • 90th Missile Wing commander
The holiday season is upon us, beginning with the celebration of Thanksgiving. The tradition of giving thanks is deeply rooted into our American legacy.

In 1621, Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which established the custom of setting aside time each year to give thanks. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, and two months after the Battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln issued a proclamation establishing the holiday of Thanksgiving Day. The American people, throughout all of our hardships and conflicts, have remained grateful for the blessings we've received.

This year has contained many challenges and has been difficult for many of our Airman, our civilian teammates and their families. Despite these hardships and periods of uncertainty, I ask each of you to stay focused on the blessings you've received and enjoyed them throughout this next year.

I also ask each of you to continue to share, and extend to others, those things for which you are thankful. Perhaps it was a helping hand during a difficult time, a home cooked meal for your family while you were deployed or a pat on the back for a job well done. These acts of kindness and support will only continue if each us actively do our part in saying thanks. It may only be a kind word of encouragement or appreciation, but the positive effects and the environment it creates will be long-lasting.

The wing leadership team and I extend a sincere "thank you" to all our active duty, reserve and civilian personnel. This base is truly blessed to have outstanding men and women like you serving in the military and sacrificing to protect our nation. We also encourage you to take time and give thanks to your family, friends and co-workers throughout the year. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!