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Recognition important to tomorrow's success

PETERSON AFB, Colo -- One of the many jobs we have as senior leaders is to recognize the hard work our Airmen accomplish everyday. Recognition can take on many forms. For some it involves a simple thank you at the end of a long day and for others it necessitates completing a 1206. One of those recognition avenues is fast approaching on the space horizon, the annual Air Force Space Command Outstanding Airmen of the Year program. 

This year's theme, "AFSPC--History of Heroes," highlights the uniqueness of this year's program as the command will celebrate its 25th birthday Sept. 2. As we look to recognize the best of today's Airmen, we're reflecting on those who paved the way before them. The command has more than two decades packed full of Airmen who went above and beyond to serve and its important to take the time to recognize them as well as those who are doing the same today. 

Today's Air Force holds an exciting challenge for Airmen as we make our way toward a leaner, more efficient force. This focus compounds the need for recognizing our best of the best. Recognition affords us the opportunity to thank those for the job they're doing as well as motivate others to do their best--thus ensuring the rising level of excellence continues tomorrow. 

Through the command's OAY program, we will recognize the best Airmen, NCOs, senior NCOs, first sergeants and Individual Mobilization Augmentee within the command. We will host the nominees the week of April 23 with a culmination banquet April 27 at the Peterson Air Force Base Consolidated Club. The command will be announcing the nominees for the program soon and I encourage you to participate in the events recognizing this elite sampling of our command's Airmen. 

I also ask that you remember that it takes each and every one of our approximately 39,000 members to successfully tackle our mission. You are all vital to our mission as well as a major player in the long fight against terror. For that, and the many sacrifices you make on a daily basis to serve our country, I thank you.