Bird's Eye View: Sponsors vital to PCS process

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  • By Col. H. Brent Baker Sr.
  • 95th Air Base Wing commander
When you received your assignment to Edwards, did you have a sponsor to help guide you through the ins and outs of the base? Whether you've been in the Air Force for 20 years or 20 days, getting a sponsor to help ease the transition from one base to another is vital. 

Every base is different. Edwards itself is distinctive because of its mission, location, climate and expansive desert landscape. That's why it is so important to make contact with your inbound Airmen and offer them a sponsor from your unit. 

While sponsoring an inbound Airman, it's important to give them as much information you can about the base. Start with sending them a bound copy of the new 2007 Edwards Base Guide. It includes maps, historical information, housing plans, event listings and a thorough list of amenities on the base. If you have fact sheets for your unit, send those as well. 

Most importantly, make your new co-worker feel welcome to your unit. Moving and taking on a new job are two of the most stressful times in a person's life. 

The more guidance you provide to the new Airman, the easier it will be for that person to integrate seamlessly into your unit. 

Take the Team Lean Challenge 

With increasing workloads and a thinning workforce, it's easy to find a reason to put off fitness activities. 

If you've been saying you should lose weight or become more fit, the Team Lean Challenge may be for you. It's time to shed those pounds and start moving Team Edwards towards a healthier future. 

To participate in the Team Lean Challenge, there are several things you need to do. First, organize a team of at least five people. Sign up your team at for the "Lean Challenge." 

Next, select a team name for yourselves. 

Finally, the scary part -- each participant must weigh in at the Health and Wellness Center before April 14th. 

If you and your team work hard and truly put some effort into becoming more physically fit, the weigh in should be the highest number you will ever see on the scale again. 

Remember, the ultimate goal is improving your health through weight loss. Even a 10-percent weight loss can have significant health benefits. I encourage you to gather up a group of people and participate in the Team Lean Challenge. 

It may seem difficult at first, but the benefits of being "fit to fight" can last a lifetime through hard work and determination.