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NEWS | July 19, 2013

Teamwork Yields Success

By Col. Bill Knight 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander

As the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has now completed repair of a failing water main without interrupting service to this area, I can't help but be impressed with the way we all came together to prepare for what could have been a serious crisis.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and all of our public utility servants have work around-the-clock to bring this problem to resolution. We're very grateful for your hard work and commitment to minimizing the impact of the water outage to both us here at Joint Base Andrews and our neighbors in the surrounding community.

Getting through a situation like this takes teamwork and tremendous effort. Thankfully, we had swift assistance from our neighboring military installations. Our joint teammates at Marine Base Quantico and Joint Bases Meyer-Henderson Hall, Langley-Eustis, and Anacostia-Bolling lent us equipment to keep the critical, no-fail missions here at Andrews at full strength. Thank you for your support--we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve side-by-side with you in our nation's capitol.

Our friends from the local community also reached out to help service members and families staying at the Presidential Inn find a place to stay while water was unavailable. They also donated bottled water and food to our transitioning families. A special thanks to all who helped --you make us proud to project air power from Prince George's County and Maryland.

To all of our base mission partners, your cooperation and collaboration is present every day. Once again, you put teamwork first and made things happen. Thank you for your strong support as we worked through the situation and for making Joint Base Andrews a great place to work.

To our residents in the dorms and base housing, big-time thank you for your disciplined approach to adhering to the water use restrictions put in place. I continue to be impressed with your resilience during adversity and for your willingness to help during difficult times.

Finally, I want to thank the men and women on the 11th Wing and our teammates in the Air Force District of Washington who are charged with supporting this busy and expansive installation. Taking care of the service members and families who live and work here is a privilege as you are our nation's most precious resource. From our medics to our communications experts and from our headquarters staff to those who support the base on a daily basis, with vigilance and precision you are always ready and provide world-class support.

Thanks again to all of you for a job well done. I look forward to working with you all as we continue to make a global impact with each mission accomplished here.