To the women and men of Air Command, and the families and friends that support them.
Firstly, we thank you for your continuing commitment and service in the protection and defence of our nation. In the short period of time that both WOFF Ken Robertson and I have been in our respective roles we have witnessed the continued excellence, dedication and teamwork of everyone who serves in Air Command – whether they be in uniform or with the Australian Public Service – both here at home and away on operations and exercises. The humility and professionalism which you consistently display enhances the credibility and reputation of Air Force and underpins the confidence and trust which both the Government and Australian people show towards us. Thank you.
There have been significant achievements throughout the year which you should celebrate with your family and friends. Each Force Element Group and their respective wings and units have continued to transition new capability into service, with this period of time being arguably the most complex era of transformation ever undertaken by our Air Force. Equally, we continue to deliver on operations across the globe, from the Middle East through to the Pacific and most places in between. We have been both challenged by, and equal to, the tasks that have been assigned to us which have, again, only been successful through the individual and combined efforts of our people. Thank you.
The workforce continues to grow in its size, capability and diversity and we are well on the path to creating the Air Force we need for our next 100 years. We have a clearer understanding of our identity and culture and we are improving our awareness of capability and capacity through demonstrated leadership at all levels. We will continue to moderate our tempo to maximum sustained effort to ensure we have the time and space to look ahead, think, develop and adapt to our next challenges. I am confident we can do so.
For many, the end of the year can be difficult as it brings with it inevitable change as personnel and family move to new posting localities. It is also a time when we reflect and remember those who have left us along the way and those who have endured personal hardships. Please know that regardless of your situation, you are not alone. The strength of our Air Force resides in the community which is the Air Force family. Please reach out where you can with the spirit that is this community. And equally, speak out if you need help or just someone to talk to. We have wonderful support agencies that supplement our community, and there is no shame in seeking support.
Finally, take the time over the Christmas period to enjoy moments with family and friends. We wish you all a happy, safe and relaxing break, and look forward to working with you all in the New Year.