Time is of the essence

  • Published
  • By SMSgt. Robin Wilson
  • 932nd Airlift Wing
Editor's note:
This was written back in 2001 by former wing member Senior Master Sgt. Robin Wilson and we agree still applies today:
We need to take the time to prepare our families, our friends, and ourselves. We need to ensure that the plans we previously put in place are still valid.

The place to start may be talking with one of your wing members that were mobilized for Desert Storm or other contingencies. These individuals have first hand knowledge of what really happens when the call comes in to deploy. They can remind you of things that you may not think of. They will be able to tell you what you may want to take with you and the things to leave behind.

Next, talk to your spouse, significant other or that individual you have designated to handle your affairs while you are gone. Ensure they know what your financial situation is, where the key to the lockbox is, what the phone numbers are for key personnel on base. Let them know that we have people here who can assist them with any questions.

For those individuals that have family care plans, ensure they are current. There is no need to wait for your First Sergeant to come and get you. You can review them any time. Being deployed is stressful enough; you don't want to add the burden of knowing you did not leave your affairs in order.

Remember, DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY, can't be fulfilled without the support of your loved ones. 

Take care of them so you can take care of business.