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Brothers and Sisters,

So much has happened that I can hardly believe that I have been in office for only 17 days. Monday started with just enough time to get the necessary work out of the way and prepare the office for the NEB absence. I would like to thank every NATCA member for his or her contribution to the NEB team building effort. You played an important role. It was apparent that calls and pages were limited to essential items and the occasional crisis. In allowing your issues to wait until the NEB returned demonstrated your commitment to the effort. Thank you, your patience was worth it. As one of the newest members of the team, I believe it will pay dividends for a long time to come.

This morning I had the pleasure of driving Rick Thompson to the airport at the crack of dawn, which allowed me to get to the office by 6am. Luckily, there was a huge pile of work waiting in my inbox and I was able to get through most of it before the office got too busy. I spent most of the day with either Dale Wright or Susan Grundmann discussing financial and legal issues. I got a call from Maureen Woods who gave us a heads up that the Chicago Sun Times is planning an article around the release of the report on C90 investigation. After coordinating with John Carr and Pat Forey, NATCA communications and legal prepared a press statement that will go out if necessary. The statement says that we are standing behind the controllers and as it is an ongoing investigation, in order to protect the privacy of our members we will not comment at this time.

Dale and I spent a few hours crafting a budget to meet the needs of our organization in the coming year. We are very close to a joint proposal that I believe both the finance committee and the NEB will support. In 10 days, they will tell us if we are right.

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