Thanksgiving message from the commander

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  • By Col. Robert Stanley
  • 341st Missile Wing commander
We've arrived at one of the most important times of the year.

It's not important because of the worsening weather and all associated safety reminders. Not because of the tree-lighting ceremonies and gift-buying sprees. Not because of holiday parties and time changes. Not even because our team just successfully emerged from an unending period of inspections.

In my view, this is one of the most important times of the year because it forces us to count our blessings, and take just a little time to be grateful for what we have. It's a time for looking into our own hearts for quiet, sincere introspection. If you look closely enough at your life through this very personal lens, you can't help but think of the people who loved you enough to help you get where you are. Yes, your road has no doubt been bumpy and, at times, bleak. Yet, here you are. You have been allowed to serve in the most powerful military and for the greatest nation that has ever graced our planet. You are among a very chosen few.

Celebrate that. Be grateful. Serve with a heart of gratitude. Do so in honor of everyone who ever placed a bet on you along your personal journey.

Do so in honor of the people who thought you were someone worth the extra effort, whether it was a pat on the back, or a well-placed kick in the pants.

In short, this is one of the most important times of the year because it is a time of giving thanks -- and that's good for us.

So, my guidance to you on this Thanksgiving: Be safe, laugh hard, eat a lot more than you should (I sure will), make a good memory, share a story, and cherish your time at Malmstrom with some of the best people you'll ever meet.

Happy Thanksgiving!