By Maj. Deb Magaldi
SANDSTON, Va. – Maj. Gen. Robert Newman, the Adjutant General of Virginia, was all smiles Dec. 3 as he served holiday meals in the 192nd Fighter Wing dining hall, ate lunch with unit members and visited work sections across the base.
All along the way, Newman reached out to talk with personnel: Airmen, officers, senior leadership, and everyone in between.
He was happy to be visiting his Virginia Air Guard roots, enjoyed reminiscing about his days flying the A-7 Corsair and F-16 Falcon with the 192nd FW, and complimenting the work currently underway at the base.
“I want our Airmen to know that senior Virginia National Guard leadership cares about them and their families. We are here to support our people,” he said between shop stops.
“This has been a challenging and busy year for the Virginia National Guard. We currently have three units (Army and Air) deployed and will have more units deploying in 2007.
“Today gave me the opportunity to talk with some of our outstanding younger Airmen and tell them ‘thank you’ for their work and sacrifices. We have so many incredible individuals doing great work,” he continued, “such as Senior Airman Tim Carpenter, security forces, who recently returned from a deployment to Kirkuk, Iraq.”
Newman thanked personnel for their dedication and hard work in support of the fighter wing’s integration at Langley Air Force Base and acknowledged the hard decisions and challenges the unit is working through.
“I appreciate your efforts,” he said. “I know these are tumultuous times, but the integration and the move to Langley will benefit us in the long run by giving the 192nd a strong, viable future.”
As Newman stopped to visit the medical group, wing operations, intelligence, life support, aircraft maintenance, the propulsion section, civil engineering and wing headquarters, he also urged everyone to relax and spend time with their families over the holidays.
With the operations tempo many are keeping, it is critical to enjoy your down time; spend time with your loved ones and support them,” Newman said. “Make sure your family knows that the Virginia National Guard is here to support them, too.
“And,” he added, “while safety is paramount all year long, please use your good common sense to travel, play and enjoy the holiday season safely. We want everyone back safely in January.”