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No Airman achieves alone: Reflecting on two years as the commander of the 60th MXS

  • Published
  • By Lt. Col. Claudio Covacci
  • 60th Maintenance Squadron

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – During my time as the 60th Maintenance Squadron Commander, our unit faced multiple challenges like the California wildfires; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; and an increase in operational demands driven by a pivot to the Pacific. I only mentioned a few of the trials our Airmen effortlessly tackled during this period. Their operational successes continue to impress me over and over again. Regardless of the complexity of the operation, our cadre undertook each task with a proficiency and know-how which makes the impossible look easy. As I count my many blessings while serving at Travis Air Force Base, California, I often reflect on the words of Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander: “No Airman achieves alone.”

Our Airmen, base, and community partners have contributed to our achievements by offering expert guidance, essential support and strong doses of passion which continuously fuel the 60 MXS. Therefore, as I approach my upcoming change of command this summer, I feel it necessary to utilize this commentary to express my gratitude for the many people that I respect so much. First and foremost, I would like to thank the 60th AMW, 60th MXG, and 349th MXG leadership teams for supporting our unit. In particular, thank you for empowering our squadron by breaking through numerous bureaucratic barriers that allowed us to take care of our Airmen.

Secondly, I want to extend my appreciation to all the base support agencies that assist our squadron every day. Naming each organization would be far too much for an article, but a particular note of thanks goes to the Base Chapel and the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Most notably, I want to express my sincere indebtedness to our community partners from the Travis Armed Forces Committee and honorary commanders. A particular mention goes to our Honorary Commander Mr. Jamil Zainasheff from Heretic Brewery, Mr. Jim Wilson from the 10-33 Foundation, Mrs. Julie DeMaria from Operation Care and Comfort, Mr. Dennis Hammer from Tri-City Fence Company, Suisun’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2333, Fairfield’s Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America Lodge 2534 and the Travis AFB’s Knights of Columbus Council 15625. You assisted our unit without hesitation on multiple occasions, especially in times of need. You are truly a big part of our 60th MXS family!

Finally, a message of appreciation goes to all the men and women of both the 60 MXS and 349th MXS. Moreover, a huge hug goes out to our key spouse team who does so much for our unit.  In the Air Force, it is important to find people you can count on. Your unwavering allegiance and devotion has led our organization to be recognized multiple times for professional excellence. The strong foundation of knowledge and experience you bring to our mission is unparalleled.

Thank you enormously for allowing Duska and I to be part of “Team Travis.” Being with you made a vast difference in our lives. Travis AFB and the local Northern California community will always have a special place in our hearts. You have changed our lives forever.