I have always believed that we can do so much more as a union and a region when we rely on teamwork. Whether it was growing up playing soccer and relying on the rest of my team to pick up the slack for when I made a mistake in the mid-field or whether it was being part of a Marine Corps squad watching one another’s back or a sector team at ZLA, the team will always achieve more than the individual. This core belief in the value of teamwork is abundantly clear by looking at the many members that are actively involved in the Western Pacific Region. We are the most actively engaged region in all of NATCA.

This is why I have made teamwork a cornerstone of my vision for the Western Pacific Region. As controllers and highly intelligent professionals, it is easy for us to try and do everything by ourselves. Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day as well as other competing interests such as family, national duties, other regional priorities, and a large membership with over 2100 NATCA members and 60 facilities. The Western Pacific Region has thrived to be the best that it can be largely due to my reliance on teamwork and my belief that we can achieve anything when we come together as a team. By using the team, we are also developing a perfect opportunity to train our future leaders. This is also why we have the deepest bench of future leaders who are being actively trained and mentored for the future of our region and our great organization.

For example, look at our regional legislative team, labor relations team, regional subject matter leads, regional leadership team, training review board team, etc. Our member activism, legislative activism, legislative relationship building, and our labor relations team would not be where it is today, if I didn’t believe in the strength of the team and the teamwork concept. Our region is a leader today largely due to the fact that this all-volunteer team shares my vision for the future and believes that we can continue to raise the bar by relying and trusting the team.

I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish as a team together in our region. We are far from having achieved greatness as we still need to focus on some of our facilities that could benefit from some education, engagement, and support from the rest of our team. During the next three (3) years, it will be a priority for my team and I to work with all 60 of our facilities to fully educate, engage, and energize our members on their union and their profession. If you are interested in becoming more involved, please do not hesitate to contact your FACREP, LR rep, LR Lead, your ARVP or me. We look very forward to hearing from you.

Re-Elect Hamid Ghaffari for Western-Pacific Regional Vice President