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Colonel says thanks before leaving base

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U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Nelson, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander, speaks during an all-call at Travis Air Force Base, California, May 20, 2019. During the all-call Nelson and Chief Master Sgt. Derek Crowder, 60th AMW command chief, spoke with Airmen about Travis topics and future changes in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heide Couch)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

As my time working for the men and women of the 60th Air Mobility Wing and Team Travis comes to a close, I want to say, “thank you.” I have been honored and humbled to help lead the incredible mission that is Travis Air Force Base while focusing on the priorities of Airmen, Team, Pride and Readiness.

To our civic leaders, thank you for your continuous support of Travis Air Force Base. Whether you are an elected official, professional staff, Golden Bear, honorary commander or other civic leader at the national, state or local level, each of you work to ensure the missions at Travis are able to continue and prosper.

To all of our Team Travis mission partners, thank you for your continued dedication to our missions here at Travis.

To Chief Crowder, this job cannot be done well without the proper balance between the command chief and commander. You have created that perfect balance. I am grateful for the advice you gave, the laughs we shared, and the friendship we share after our time serving Team Travis together.  Thank you.

To my family, thank you for all of your love, support and sacrifice during our time here at Travis.

Finally, to all the men and women of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, thank you!

Team Travis may have days when everything seems to fall apart…but what I have witnessed first-hand over my time here was our innate ability to rise together as one...to put one foot in front of the other…to fight the good fight. Your interwoven efforts to accomplish the mission, to innovate and bring about positive changes, and to improve our Air Force has made my job easy. It has been a gift to work alongside such an extraordinary team.

You have made being the commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing an honor of a lifetime. You have endured and thrived. None of the accomplishments of the 60th Air Mobility Wing could have happened without you.

I am thrilled for Col. Corey Simmons, Chief Master Sgt. Rob Schultz and their families to become part of this fine team. They are the right people to lead the 60th Air Mobility Wing at this time. Team Travis is lucky to have them.

 I cannot wait to follow your accomplishments from afar as you Rapidly Project American Power, Anytime…Anywhere and continue to show that There Are No Bounds.