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Here I am, dressed in my best!

Here I am, dressed in my best!

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Happy New Year, Team Ramstein! I hope you all had a safe and joyous holiday time with your loved ones, but now it's time to buckle down and dig all your paws into 2015.

As at the beginning of many a new year, many of us have probably committed ourselves to be better than we were last year in some area or another of our lives.

As individuals have done this, so too have organizations resolved to surpass the marks they achieved last year.

Though these two things may seem unrelated, they are in fact one in the same. After all, aren't organizations, at any level, made up of individuals? Therefore, I challenge you to set personal organization related goals as well.

Start with something small, something you can maybe measure from day to day. Then increase the scope of the goals to maybe include week-to-week measurements, while still keeping your daily goals in mind.

As you, and hopefully others, meet and maybe exceed your goals, your organization will undoubtedly get better for it, even if only by a little.

There may be times when we don't necessarily reach our goals, but we must not become discouraged. So, I want us to also resolve ourselves to bounce back and remain in pursuit of objectives.

At the end of the year, I hope we all can look back at where we were and be proud of what we have accomplished.

Until next time, I wish you the best of luck with both your personal and organizational resolutions. Remember, they both depend on you!