From the Command Sergeant Major.
"It's been one heck of a ride."
"This has been the most rewarding assignment of my career."
"Boy I'm glad this is over."
These and so many other remarks have been made about how one feels when it is time for them to move on. Though as cliche as it may sound, it is very true when they say: "You don't know how much you miss or enjoy something until you no longer do it."
Being the SDDC command sergeant major has taken me around the world a few times. From the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States; to the sands and heat of Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, to the ruins of Greece, the canals in Holland, to the sites and sounds of the Far East--Korea, Japan, Guam and Okinawa, to the greetings of Aloha and Mahalo in Hawaii. Everywhere I had a chance to go, there was one thing that remained consistent: a COMMITTED, DEPENDABLE and RELENTLESS workforce with a performance-based reputation of proven excellence that inspired trust and confidence from everyone we did business with. I will always hold my head up high every time I see the Arrow, which is like the "Bat Signal" (thanks Command Sgt. Maj. Offord, 597th Transportation Group). When you've done all you can do and can't do any more--flash the sign, call for the Surface Warriors and with a thunderous cry of "Let's Roll," we'll be there to take care of you--anytime, anywhere in the world.
We've had great leaders during my tenure--Dunwoody, Fletcher, Gainey, Hodge, and a dynamic cast of NCOs--who have and will continue to make an impact on energizing formations of the warfighter. The workforce of military and civilian personnel are the true lifeline of deploying, distributing, sustaining and redeploying America's forces in order to successfully carry out our Nation's business. For that, I salute you!
As this is my last article for the Translog, it has been a joy to serve with you, break bread with you, laugh and even at times, shed a tear with you. As I depart from SDDC, I will only be a phone call or an email away. I thank you all so very much for your hard work and support.
Take care, all of you Global Surface Transportation Experts, and continue to be Committed, Dependable and Relentless.
For the last time ... Let's Roll!
TOMAS R. HAWKINS
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|Author:||Hawkins, Tomas R.|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2009|
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