Resilient Airmen turn stress into success

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas -- We are a resilient organization!

We have experienced multiple transformations in the last 25 years, from several manpower reductions to budget highs and lows to the continuing issue of sequestration and this summer's furlough of our civilian personnel.

Our professionals around the globe are struggling with the uncertainty of our future and the impact it will have on our families and the mission. These uncertainties and continued high ops tempo for all of us can lead to stress and frustration, but we can overcome that.

Our Airmen have always operated in the dynamic and evolving environments of change. Our innate abilities as innovators, along with our technological capabilities, will allow us to adjust and redirect to deliver what our nation requires of us as Airmen.

The next several years will be absolutely challenging and a great struggle for all who are invested in the security of the free world.

Our fiscal challenges and global engagements require us to seek new ways to successfully execute our missions. We should look at this time as an opportunity to be creative and ingenious in how we do business today and in the future.

Without mincing words, the changes we will experience will "suck." I ask that we all consider embracing the opportunity to think outside the box. We must work together and energetically search for better ways to do things.

Above all we must take care of each other as Wingmen, looking for ways to help each other and reducing a load where we can, so that no Airman carries an unbearable burden.

Together we will work through these challenges and exploit new opportunities to make our Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance enterprise even more effective and efficient as we continue to deliver ISR capabilities around the globe.