Commander's Corner, Feb. 9

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  • By Col. Robert E. Suminsby Jr.
  • 377th Air Base Wing Commander

Get involved in the community; now's your chance

I would like to begin by thanking everyone for taking extra care this past weekend during Super Bowl Sunday and arriving home safely. Hopefully many of you made wise decisions and made good use of your wingman rather than rolling the dice and hoping for luck to bring you home safely.

Speaking of driving safely, if you have been paying attention to local news media, you noticed that the Albuquerque City Council has voted to restrict the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving. What a great idea...and exactly what the rules are here on Kirtland! The evidence is clear that any kind of distraction while driving - especially one that takes one of your hands off the wheel - increases the risk of accidents. These laws are intended to keep you and others safe - follow them.

I would also like to highlight an event that will be coming up March 10. The annual School to World convention will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, and the convention is in need of volunteers to showcase their Air Force careers. This is a great chance for eight and ninth grade New Mexico students to meet Airmen face-to-face and hear first-hand what the Air Force is all about. If you would be interested in showing off your career field at the convention, e-mail 2nd Lt. Mark Morris at or search for the e-mail sent out by the public affairs office Feb. 2 to find the forms.

Another event that is fast approaching is featured on the front page this week. Educators from Albuquerque Public Schools will be at the Mountain View Club Feb. 14 to answer questions and give information to Kirtland families. This town hall will feature Dr. Elizabeth Everitt, the superintendent of APS. Parents of any school-aged children are highly encouraged to attend. Good schools depend on actively involved parents, so please come out and have your voice heard.

Lastly, the 19th Annual Statewide Math and Science Jamboree is in need of approximately 100 judges and other volunteers for various math and science events taking place March 10. The jamboree is hosted by the University of New Mexico and will consist of 2,000 middle school and high school students. If you're interested in volunteering, please get in contact with your first sergeant or call Pamela Caudill at 366-2500.

Thank you for continuing to excel in everything you do, Team Kirtland. Stay sharp and stay safe.