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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The 21st Civil Engineer Squadron wanted to provide resources and a community to 21 CES Airmen who were preparing to deploy, civilians and their families, so they hosted an open house for 21 CES at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 13, 2018. Some 21 CES Airmen and civilians brought their families to the open house, where kids could play on the bounce house, see the fire trucks and how an explosive ordinance disposal robot works. (Courtesy photo) 21 CES holds open house for families of Airmen
– Firetrucks, a barbecue cook-off, a bounce house and robots was the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron’s recipe for success at their first open house at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 13, 2018.
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2018
Many Airman are unaware what the initial meeting with a mental health provider looks like when they seek PTSD treatment. The goal of the first meeting is to make the patient feel comfortable and to be as transparent as possible about what is going on and what treatment options the patient has. As a result, the patient and mental health provider will more likely have a collaborative and trusting interaction, making PTSD treatment more successful. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Josh Mahler) A peek behind the curtain: The first step of PTSD care
Perhaps the most difficult part of seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder is making that first appointment, since Airmen are often unsure of what to expect. Not knowing what to expect from mental health providers can get in the way of effective PTSD treatment.
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2018
Tech. Sgt. Tanesha Fierro, an Air Force Reservist assigned to the 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, scratches a horse’s chin during an equine therapy session at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 4, 2018. Reservist helps treat PTSD with horses
There are veterans and active duty members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder every day and one reservist, here, is aiding in their recovery by combining her two passions – helping people and horses.
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CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION, Alaska – Retired Air Force Maj. Don Rutherford pinned the commanders pin on his son Lt. Col. Jeffrey Rutherford during his change of command ceremony, June 13, 2018, at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska. Rutherford succeeds outgoing commander Lt. Col. Joel Lane as 13th Space Warning Squadron commander. Rutherford assumes command of the 13th Space Warning Squadron
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Rutherford assumes command of the 13th Space Warning Squadron during a change of command ceremony, June 13, 2018, at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska.
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2018
CAVALIER AIR FORCE STATION, N.D. – A close up view of the face of the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System. This view shows transmitters that send and receive space and missile data. The PARCS is a ground-based Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment Sensor, an important component of the national military command system. (Courtesy photo) $866M contract sustains six missile warning radars
The contract, awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, directly supports the continued operations of the Early Warning Radar (EWR), Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR),and Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System radars. The radars are responsible for ballistic missile warning and defense for the continental United States, among other missions.
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2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While Tom Echelmeyer gets his intravenous immunoglobulin infusion, Kristen Rodgers, Children’s Hospital Colorado provider performs a checkup at the Children’s Colorado Urgent and Outpatient Specialty Care at Briargate in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 15, 2018. Tom’s mom, Sofia Echelmeyer, brings him to the hospital once a month for his infusion and blood tests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen) Peterson AFB child selected as ambassador for stair-climb event
Hearing news they least expected of their 3-year-old son, Tom, came as a complete shock to the Echelmeyers.
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2018
Anna Halula-Busby, 21st Medical Group nurse case manager, worked to get an Airman from Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 15, 2018, to a hospital out of state to get the surgery he needed. Halula-Busby’s helps patients who have the most complications, educates them on their resources, and cuts through red tape to speed along the process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Audrey Jensen) Managing, improving lives the norm for nurse case manager
Anna Halula-Busby, 21st Medical Group nurse case manager, laid awake at night looking at a picture of the family who would never be the same if they didn’t get the help they needed. For any hope of a better life, Halula-Busby knew her patient needed to have a specific surgery so he could comfortably use a prosthetic after his accident. If it didn’t happen, she knew life would be difficult for him.
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2018
Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, shovels dirt onto a newly planted tree with children from the R.P. Lee Youth Center at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 15, 2018. 101 trees were planted on Peterson AFB in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Justin Beebe) Peterson receives Tree City USA Annual Growth Award
Airmen across Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado observed Arbor Day, June 15, 2018. To celebrate, Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, 21 SW command chief received the Tree City USA Annual Growth Award, at the wing headquarters building.
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2018
The 302nd Airlift Wing’s first Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System activation is documented in the Reserve wing’s print publication, the Front Range Flyer dated October 1993. . 1993: The 302nd Airlift Wing takes on the MAFFS mission
  It was 1993 when the 302nd Airlift Wing received the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System mission from the Air Force Reserve’s 943rd Airlift Group, March Air Force Base, California. The MAFFS mission provided aerial firefighting support to largescale, wildland fires by laying down lines of fire retardant to aid in the suppression of fires –
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2018
Those that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are consistently trying to regain some sense of the normalcy they had before events that caused pieces of themselves to go missing. Misconceptions and stigmas surrounding PTSD get in the way of successful recovery and the ability to return to duty. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Master Sgt. William Vance) A peak behind the curtain: PTSD barriers and stigmas
Effective treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder is possible, but many Airmen falsely think seeking medical help for PTSD will hurt their career and will not help them get better. These stigmas and misconceptions create perceived barriers, preventing Airmen from seeking care. Delaying treatment can cause the anxiety and fear following a traumatic event to affect an Airman’s readiness.
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