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AFRC commander sends holiday greetings

Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, Jr., proudly presents his modular airborne firefighting system, or 'MAFFS' coin and patch Nov. 12 after a system's orientation flight at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. General Stenner, commander of the Air Force Reserve, visited the base to gain a better understanding of the wing and its sister unit, the 310th Space Wing, based at Schriever AFB, Colo. Together with a demonstration flight on the firefighting system, the general also held a question-and-answer session at the base's club. The MAFFS system is used in wild land firefighting missions when called up to support state officials in the U.S. when all other firefighting methods have been exhausted. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Skarban)

Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, Jr., proudly presents his modular airborne firefighting system, or 'MAFFS' coin and patch after a Nov. 2008 system's orientation flight at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. General Stenner, commander of the Air Force Reserve, visited the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing to gain a better understanding of the wing and its aerial fire fighting mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Skarban)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- As we celebrate this holiday season and prepare for the challenges of 2011, I want to thank you for serving our nation as Citizen Airmen.

You have stepped up to meet every tasking given to you. You airlifted much needed aid to disaster victims, deployed to Afghanistan, helped usher in a new era in Iraq or supported other contingency operations overseas. Some of you didn't leave home this year but your service made it possible for us to support our nation's Total Force missions throughout the world.

Thank you for all you do. We know and appreciate the sacrifices your families and employers make to allow you to serve. Much has been asked of you and much will be asked of you in the future as we move forward as a fully operational command.

Dee and I wish all of you the happiest of holidays. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as we welcome a joyous New Year.