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419th Fighter Wing commander shares holiday message

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  • By Col. Matthew Fritz
  • Commander, 419th Fighter Wing

Here we are again, another December UTA to round out another year. We could use an array of words to describe 2021 – unexpected, challenging, hopeful, frustrating. Maybe a bit of each. But however we define these past 12 months, there’s one thing on which we can all agree: they seem to fly by faster each year.

That’s why it’s important to take time this holiday season to live in the present moment. Wherever you are, be there. Savor the nights watching Christmas classics, and treasure the time around the table with family, friends, and neighbors (or video chat sessions with loved ones far away). Stay thankful for the opportunities life brings at work, home, church, or wherever you find yourself this season.  

We tend to measure life in years, but it’s made up of these moments. As this year comes to a close, I hope you’ll make the most of each moment, and take the happiest ones with you into 2022.

The holidays can be a difficult, so please take some time to check in with yourself, your coworkers, and loved ones during this hectic season. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need some support. The wing offers many, many resources and your supervisor, first sergeant, the wing chaplain, and the wing’s director of psychological health are all available to help when needed.

As always, thank you for your faithful service to the 419th FW and our nation. You owe it to yourself to have a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Here’s wishing you the happiest of holidays and all the best in ’22!