New year equals new opportunities Published Jan. 11, 2019 By Command Chief Master Sgt. Rob Safley 301st Fighter Wing NAVAL AIR STATION FORT WORTH JOINT RESERVE BASE, Texas -- I want to first thank you for another successful year. As we look back over 2018, we accomplished a lot: preparing for trips all around the globe, some entertaining training events, process improvements, and crushing the UEI Capstone! An impressive execution of our wing priorities for sure. We also saw some old faces leave, new ones arrive, and paid final respects to a few valued members. All-in-all, 2018 was a successful year thanks to your sustained efforts. I’m truly humbled by your professionalism and dedication to the Wing, AFRC, and AF mission! So here we are in 2019. A new year = new opportunities! I would be remiss if I did not make a plug for growth. Social media is abuzz with resolution ideas for the new year and even more ways to stay on track. After the holidays, it’s a great time to refocus your gym time, get your finances back on target, or maybe this is the year you delve back into pursuing an advanced degree or certification. No matter what it is, I challenge you to figure out how to be a better version of yourself in 2019. Adopting a resolution or setting a goal is the easy part, while getting after it sometimes gets lost in the realities of life. We are all busy and it can be hard to carve out time for the things you need to do, much less the things you would like to do. The reason so many New Year’s resolutions fail is that we do not set aside the required time. Start by committing to a set of reasonable goals. Block it off on your calendar, set goal milestones, and write down the steps you need to bridge the gap. You also need to protect this time; don’t let other thing encroach on it. Setting small goals along the way, and noting progress, can make year-long goals seem more attainable—you’re more likely to stick to them too. Have fun with it! Don’t see slow progress or set-backs as failures…just keep pressing. Happy New Year 301st Fighter Wing! I look forward to the opportunities this year presents, working with you, and leveraging our resources to improve the wing. CMSgt S.