8th Fighter Wing commander holds all call

by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Stripes Korea

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Col. Todd A. Dozier, 8th Fighter Wing commander, conducted a series of all calls in the base theater on Dec. 9, 2016.

During six different sessions, he addressed several topics and praised airmen for their dedication to the mission and Republic of Korea.

“Thank you for your service, thank you for what you do,” said Dozier. “Just by putting on the uniform you are doing more than 99 percent of the U.S. population. You’re going so much further by doing that in a remote location without family and friends; [you] exercise more than most bases and have an ops tempo higher than most bases, so thank you for what you do.”

Dozier went on to highlight some of the accomplishments of the Wolf Pack over the past 11 months, mentioning the Medical Groups ability to take care of more than 15,000 appointments, the Mission Support Group providing multiple outlets for airmen to take advantage of and fixing various issues across the base, the Maintenance Group completing over 50,000 maintenance actions and the Wing Staff Agency in-processing more than 1,300 airmen as well as closing 43 safety investigations.

In the all calls, Dozier encouraged airmen to look out for one another during the holidays and reminded everyone of the resources available to support them, including chaplain’s services, the mental health clinic and airmen and family readiness center.

“I’m asking for your help in solving and preventing incidents where you can be that wingman” he said. “I need everyone in this room to look out for yourself and each other so we can be ready to fight tonight.”

Dozier concluded the all calls with a message to take advantage of the extra time off as well as keeping safety in mind over the holidays.

“You’ve worked very hard, and I encourage you to play hard,” said Dozier. “As you play hard, make smart decisions. Take advantage of the services offered here as well as out in the local community. Get out and see the country with your fellow airman and recharge. You have earned time to take a deep breath.”

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