What I’m thankful for

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  • By Col. Richard Ayres
  • 17th Training Wing commander
As the weather gets colder and we approach the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, I can't help but think of those things for which I am thankful.

To start with, I'm thankful for the opportunity to command some of the best Airmen in the Air Force here at Goodfellow Air Force Base. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from our sister services. I'm thankful for the professionalism, dedication and drive of the men and women of Team Goodfellow, who allow us to send the world's best intelligence, firefighter and special instruments professionals to the fight protecting this great nation of ours.

I'm thankful that I live in the United States of America, and that my family and I can benefit from the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. I'm thankful for the men and women from all services and from every race, creed, faith and background who stand up to defend our great nation.

This Thanksgiving, take a moment to remember the things for which you, like me, can be thankful. Spend time with your family, your friends or the members of the San Angelo community. Be thankful for a moment of peace in our otherwise busy lives.

Take a moment as well to remember your deployed brothers- and sisters-in-arms, who can't be with their families during this holiday. Remember also those who are working today so you can have a day of rest. Finally, remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this country.

Betsy and I wish you the very best of Thanksgivings. Have fun, be safe and enjoy your weekend... and thank you for all that you do.