Sgt. Maj. Charles Metzger

Marine Corps Air Station New River

Family and Friends,


"2017" – Happy New Year MCAS New River! Each New Year brings the promise of opportunity, prosperity and happiness to explore and apply in our lives. Usually, each New Year people put in place one or two New Year’s resolutions with a feverish determination to change something in their life. A slow, methodical and realistic approach to implementing your New Year’s resolution will hopefully produce a sustaining foundation to make those changes in 2017 and beyond. Since Murphy reminds us that we never quite have everything figured out or aligned to produce the results we are immediately looking for, remaining positive and building a resiliency to the downsides along the way will hopefully put you on a road to achieve your goals. A few reminders to keep in mind as you list your goals and undertake your new adventures in 2017; when presented a negative, pull something positive from it; have the fortitude to change directions when you lose forward momentum; build resiliency from misfortune; guide and mentor those needing direction and seek mentoring for yourself when required; don’t take your eye off the prize. What is the prize you say? Opportunity, prosperity and happiness!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Idioms are a great reminder of how to look at life in simple terms and look at the glass as half full. So to get you off on the right foot for the New Year here are some idioms to consider and apply in 2017, to include the aforementioned ones. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush; a house divided against itself cannot stand; actions speak louder than words; every cloud has a silver lining; and lastly Rome was not built in one day. Make this New Year the beginning or a change in your life, career or family. Until next time – live well and Semper Fidelis!

"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."

—Gen. A. M. Gray, 29th CMC