Straight Talk: Farewell retiring civilians

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  • By Col. Stacy L. Yike
  • 66th Air Base Group commander
It has been an amazing week of reminiscing and happy memories as we bid farewell to many civilians who have been the bedrock of Hanscom for decades. Some of these people had high visibility across the entire base, others have worked in their small specialty and are known well by a few, but all of them have made lasting contributions to the base.

All week, I have heard marvelous stories about the last several decades here on the base. Who knew there could have been a Hanscom before the acquisition complex was built, before we dedicated the P-40 or before they built Hanscom Federal Credit Union and the new base Exchange and Commissary?

So much of what I take for granted as an integral part of Hanscom wasn't even here when many of these individuals first arrived. This group of people has survived multiple transitions and reorganizations, name changes and building moves, but always ensured the success of the mission.

Regardless of the sign above the door, Hanscom always has been and always will be a community dedicated to serving the warfighter.

As these Hanscom legends pass the baton to the next generation, we must remember to carry on not only their tradition of excellence, but their sense of Hanscom family. It is our turn to step up and make Hanscom the place we want it be.

As we carry Hanscom through this next transition, it is up to each one of us to ensure the mission is executed with excellence, that we develop and train all our personnel to maintain this mission excellence and that we maintain a sense of connection with our Wingmen, our coworkers and our neighbors. It is up to you to make the difference!

To those who are leaving us, we salute you for everything you have given to Hanscom, to the warfighter and to your nation. Thank you.