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Senior Airman David McDonald hugs his wife Jenny after returning from Iraq Sept. 14. Airman McDonald was one of a dozen members of the 21st Security Forces Squadron returning from a six-month deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Larry Hulst) Deployed Airmen return home
Applause and cheers filled the lobby of the Colorado Springs Airport Sept. 14, as several members of the 21st Space Wing's Security Forces Squadron returned home from Iraq. After six months away - seven for a few who had to undergo training - a dozen Airmen from the squadron were greeted by waiting moms, dads, wives and children, a few holding
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2007
Construction continues in earnest at the West Gate; the re-opening ceremony is slated for Nov. 5. The visitors center and gate house are nearly complete, while work goes on with the landscaping, street lights, bridge and paving the new road. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Brady) West Gate project on schedule
Sitting in traffic at the North and East gates might seem frustrating now, but, in a couple of months, it will all be a distant memory. Contractors are working six days a week putting the finishing touches on the $12.7 million renovation project, which is nearly 80 percent complete. Barring any fall snowstorms, the gate is on track to re-open Nov.
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2007
Master Sgt. Manuel Perez, one of the Team Peterson boxing coaches, gives Tony Jimenez instructions in the corner, during one of his fights. (U.S. Air Force photo) Boxing takes spotlight with UFC at STRIPES
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, one of the most anticipated sporting events, will be televised live at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at STRIPES Pub; doors open at 5 p.m. and admission is free. The UFC uses interdisciplinary forms of fighting including jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling in a supervised match. The fight includes a light
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2007
Three senior airmen were recently selected for below the zone promotions. They are: Airmen 1st Class Carley Demore (left), 21st Space Communications Squadron; Ricardo Wood, 21st Mission Support Squadron; and Paul Klar, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron (not pictured - PCSd). The Airmen received their additional stripe Sept. 17. There were 15 nominated for the BTZ Promotion Board, which met Sept. 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. James Rush) BTZ promotion

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2007
Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley, 14, greets members of the Peterson contingent after the halftime celebration at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver Sept. 16. There were 25 Airmen from Peterson selected to take part in the salute to the military halftime show. (Photo by Walt Johnson)
Go Broncos

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2007
Default Air Force Logo New ABUs flying off shelves
Airmen from as far away as F.E. Warren and Buckley Air Force bases are flocking to Peterson for one thing - the new Airman Battle Uniform. The Military Clothing Sales Store here is one of only 13 in the nation currently selling the new uniform, and the store is having a hard time keeping them on the shelves. "Everybody wants to be the first to wear
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2007
PETERSON AFB, Colo. -- Capt. Carla Sizer, U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Management, renders a salute to her son, Pfc. Dane Belcon, who was killed Sept. 5 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Private Belcon’s casket arrived at Peterson Sept. 11. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Captain Sizer remembered her son’s dedication to duty citing “his dream was to serve his country well; he was willing to die for his country.” Although he was in the Army, he also held himself to Air Force core values, she added. “When he spoke to USAFA cadets, he would encourage them to step up. Even in high school, he had the highest standards and believed military standards are the foundation of what we do.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Gilreath) A mother's salute

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2007
Staff Sgt. Anthony Davis and military working dog Chaky, 21st Security Forces Squadron, hold a ‘suspect’ at gunpoint during the working dog competition Sept. 8 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Sergeant Davis and Chaky took first place in both the patrol and obedience competitions, and second in building search. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Van Winkle) Working dog competition tests K9's noses
Police dogs and their human counterparts converged on Peterson Sept. 7, but they weren't here for an emergency - just some friendly competition. Seven canine teams gathered at Hangar 119 for an afternoon of explosives detection, part of the fourth annual Rocky Mountain Canine Trials. Organized by the U.S. Air Force Academy, the two-day event pitted
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Peterson to spend week honoring POWs, MIAs
And you thought running for an hour was tough. On Sept. 20, dozens of Airmen here will participate in a 24-hour run to recognize POW/MIA week. Trading off every half hour, 48 different teams will run around Peterson carrying the POW/MIA flag. They'll end at the Base Chapel on Sept. 21, capping the relay off with a ceremony honoring POWs and MIAs.
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2007
Curtis Clayton, The Club manager, serves up a drink Sept. 6 at the Stripes Pub grand opening. The Pub has a sports bar theme and features Direct TV/ NFL Network, two pool tables and videogames. Stripes’ grill serves up hamburgers, sandwiches and wings alongside 99 domestic and imported beers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Corey Dahl) Stripes Pub offers new option for Airmen
Food and drink specials and prize giveaways lured Tech. Sgt. Tracey King to the grand opening of Stripes Pub Sept. 6. But, after spending a few minutes at the new pub and grill at The Club, Sergeant King said it won't take freebies to bring him back the next time. "I'm glad this is here," he said. "It's good for morale, gives the troops something
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