Commander thanks Airmen for dedication to mission

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- As I make my New Years resolutions, I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the changes of 2006.
During the past year, the 70th Intelligence Wing was realigned under AIA, and the 67th Information Operations Wing was restructured to form the 67th Network Warfare Wing under 8th Air Force to focus on the Cyberwarfare challenges that face our nation.
The headquarters was also restructured into an A-staff to better align the agency with our parent command and the Air Staff. Additionally, this restructure more effectively and efficiently aligns our agency with the joint world and our sister services.
In the past, intelligence has been thought of as a supporting function but no more. We are actively engaged in the Global War on Terror, with Airmen deployed and directly working with the combatant commanders to provide on-time, on-target intelligence data.
Whether collecting or analyzing data, producing reports, briefing crews, conducting operations, maintaining the equipment, or supporting the force; and whether operating from home base or deployed to one of 36 countries, you are critical to the Air Force's mission to fly and fight in Air, Space, and Cyberspace. The cross-cueing of both tactical and national assets; the immediate dissemination of time-sensitive information to warfighters; and the incredible dedication of all members of the Air Intelligence Agency have paved the way to countless success around the world---you should all be proud of your contributions.
We are a nation at war and a service that has been conducting combat operations for the past 16 years and will continue to do so in this long, global war fighting terrorism. In response to a changing environment, we must transform, and the Chief of Staff has outlined three priorities: Winning the Long War on Terrorism, Developing and Caring for our Airmen, and Recapitalization. AF Intelligence is indispensable to all three.
Every Airman, whether enlisted, officer or civilian, must work to keep, train and motivate our people if we are to meet the needs of our Air Force and joint partners.
The transformation of the intelligence community is ongoing, and you will continue to see new and exciting changes in 2007.
Whether it is speaking to our Sensor Olympics winners or visiting a field unit operating at a forward location, I continue to be impressed by the quality, ingenuity and integrity of our people. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your commander.
I just want to thank you for what you do for the Air Force and for our Nation. All the best to you and your families in 2007.