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You can't stop us!

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- I want to take a few minutes of your time to discuss leadership's intention with this bold motto. As you can imagine, much thought went into choosing this statement and, as with most things in life, there are positives and negatives. I want to highlight both to you, so you can be informed as you join the rest of the Gunfighters in our ORI rally-cry; "You can't stop us!"

First, I want to acknowledge there is a negative side to this motto. "You can't stop us!" can be seen as a challenge to an adversary, almost like a child taunting a bully. As you well know, this type of taunt normally ends with the bully laughing and the child crying. This is not the intended meaning of our motto.

We want our motto to relay a positive message. The intended meaning is that Gunfighters are so good at what we do that, no matter what, we will get our job done. "You can't stop us!"

I'm sure at least some of you have heard of "Contested-Degraded Ops." In order to simulate the "fog and friction" we experience in a war-like setting, the Inspector General team will put roadblocks in our way. They will take away email, radios, tools, supervisors, vehicles, etc. They are looking for our reaction to these inputs.

When faced with these injects we have two choices. We can become angry and complain that it isn't fair, that the enemy cannot do this, this would never happen. Or, we can smile confidently and work around the inject, knowing that we are so good at our job that we can't be stopped.

Gunfighters have a long history of excellence. Start preparing now to meet the roadblocks by adopting a positive attitude. We are Gunfighters! "You can't stop us!"