Holiday greetings from the Electronic Systems Center Commander

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  • By Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds
  • ESC commander
It's hard to believe, but another year is coming to an end, and the holidays are upon us once again. The past year was a year of change for those of us in the Electronic Systems Center and at Hanscom, but despite that change, we kept our focus on our vision: "War-winning information systems...on time, on cost!"

Our success in 2010 was once again a total team effort. In late June, we transitioned from wings, groups and squadrons to new Program Executive Officers and directorates, without missing a beat. We moved many of our civilians from the National Security Personnel System to the GS system without a hitch. We continued recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining an effective workforce, once again earning the Boston Globe's recognition as one of the best places to work in Massachusetts.

All year long, our people have shown their deep compassion for those less fortunate, donating to the Combined Federal Campaign and volunteering off-duty time to help veterans and others in local communities.

But now, it's time to pause from our busy schedules and celebrate the holidays, sharing good times, good food and the company of friends and loved ones. The holiday season can be a hectic time. Please be careful as you celebrate. Don't drink and drive, and don't let your guests do so either. If you are traveling this season, take every precaution in preparing so you will have a safe journey.

As we gather with our friends and family to celebrate this holiday season and reflect on the many blessings we have, let's pause to remember those men and women in uniform who will not be with their families this year because they are in harm's way, serving their country in remote locations around the world. Although they can't be with us, let's keep them in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers.

Marcia and I extend our best wishes to you and your families for a safe and truly happy holiday and a prosperous new year. Together, we will make our Air Force even better in 2011.