Thankfulness and giving

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  • By Col. Eric Vitosh
  • 931st Air Refueling Wing

December’s UTA theme revolves around the ideas behind Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays – my personal favorites. 

We’re coming off the heels of a nice Thanksgiving break where hopefully you were able to rest, relax and recharge your batteries a bit.  I also hope that you were able to take some time to contemplate all of the many blessings that we each have and that the attitude of gratitude will carry forward in your daily lives.  I know that I’m personally grateful for the service that each one of you contribute to your country, the Air Force and to the 931st Air Refueling Wing.  We are a growing team and I am forever reminded of the sacrifices you make on a continual basis, whether it’s deploying, serving those who are deployed or involved in the continuous process of increasing your own readiness.  I do not take this for granted, and I hope that my actions reflect that.


This is also the season of giving.  It’s a cliché, but it is more rewarding to give than receive.  Keep your eyes open for where you and your family can give something extra in this season whether it’s time, talent or resources.  The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is an excellent way to provide financial assistance to a charitable organization of your choosing and continues through January 12.  And, for the first time you can go to the CFC Online Giving Portal to make your contribution at  I also know that all of you are truly giving people, evidenced by your commitment to military service.  I understand that not everyone may have more to give this time of year, and that is perfectly fine.  At the same time, if you are in need of assistance, please notify someone in your chain of command for help.  We are a family in the 931st and families take care of one another.  But, no matter what form your benevolence takes this season, take a moment to enjoy that generous spirit and spread the seasonal cheer. 


Lastly, this time of year can be particularly stressful.  Take appropriate opportunities to blow off some steam, to have fun and enjoy life.  Know what your individual stressors are and keep an eye out for those around you as well.  If the need arises, please seek appropriate help whether it’s the chaplain’s office, Mr. Raymo, Military One Source at or any of a host of other options.


A thankful nation and I appreciate your daily efforts to secure our country’s way of freedom.  May blessings be upon you.