A few parting thoughts

Col. Richard L. Smith
Deputy Commander, Joint Base
Pearl Harbor-Hickam

First and foremost, there are literally hundreds of people to thank for making the past two years remarkable and memorable. I can’t name them all here, but there are a few I’d like to mention.

When it comes to joint basing, the men and women of the 647th Air Base Group (ABG) interface are embedded with many commands at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) to deliver installation support.

Whether that is Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific or others, it is a team effort to provide support to roughly 85,000 personnel that live, work or gain some level of support from JBPHH.

My thanks to all those commands for their work with and support to the Airmen of 647th ABG.

I could not have had as much fun as I’ve had without great leadership from the 15 Wing and the Joint Base, and had support from a phenomenal front office, exceptional department heads and deputy department heads, and the JBPHH leadership team.

Finally, no group functions without squadrons, and the 647th ABG was blessed with leaders running the 747th Communications Squadron, 647th Civil Engineer Squadron, 647th Security Forces Squadron, 647th Force Support Squadron and the 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

I’m a firm believer that with each rotation, we strengthen joint basing and our Joint Base team.

Ultimately, our goal is to provide the best support to all Sailors and Airmen, and to ensure our warfighters are best prepared to meet their missions. I’m thankful to have been part of the team charged with that mission.

I’d like to end my tour with guiding principles I tried to instill at each newcomer’s orientation.

First, joint basing can be confusing and convoluted, but it is here to stay — let’s embrace it and continue to improve our local processes to make JBPHH the pride of the Pacific.

Second, no matter how confusing joint basing may be and how there are different terms and processes in shore support that might be new to an Airman, there are Air Force touch points anywhere there are installation support activities. As that primary Air Force touchpoint, ABG will continue to foster relationships and optimize opportunities to improve installation support.

Finally, no matter what service you belong to, if you reside or work on this installation, I ask that you take pride in it. If you see something, say something. If you see an issue, raise it. Don’t walk past a problem, report it. Together, all of us can ensure JBPHH is, and remains, an exceptional place to live and/or work.

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