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Goodbye 2017… Hello 2018

NAVAL COMMUNICATIONS STATION HAROLD E. HOLT, Western Australia, - Col. Troy Endicott, 21st Operations Group commander, left, and Maj. Alfred Maynard, 21st OG Air Force liaison officer, attend a ribbon cutting to commemorate the C-Band Space Surveillance Radar System’s attainment of full operational status at Naval Communications Station Harold E. Holt, Western Australia, March 7, 2017. The radar was dissembled, transported and rebuilt in Australia following the deactivation of Antigua Air Station, Antigua, in July 2015, where it was originally located. (Courtesy Photo)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence speaks with Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Bronson, 21st SW command chief, during his visit to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23, 2017. It has been 34 years since the last visit by the vice president of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -1st Lt. Edward Peterson poses with an airplane circa 1942. While serving as a pilot in the Army Air Forces, Lieutenant Peterson was killed in a plane accident at Colorado Springs Air Base, which was subsequently renamed in his honor. (Photo courtesy of Peterson Museum)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The entire roof of a hangar next to the flightline lifted off the structure and blew over the rest of the building during a wind storm Jan. 9, 2017. Damage to the natural gas lines caused officials to restrict movement in the area to keep the personnel safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rose Gudex)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - An Airmen with the Peterson Air Force Base’s Honor Guard renders a salute as Honor Guardsmen transfer the remains of Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren, of Umatilla, Ore., April 7, 2017, at Peterson AFB, Colo. Bieren was assigned to the 21st Space Wing as a security forces Airman and died in a non-combat related incident while deployed in support of combat operations March 28, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson engages with Airmen at the 16th Space Control Squadron during her first base visit as SECAF to Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 22, 2017. Wilson spent time meeting Airmen assigned to Air Force Space Command’s only defensive space control unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., passes the 21st Space Wing guidon to Col. Todd Moore, incoming commander, during the 21st SW change of command ceremony in hangar 140, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., July 11, 2017. Before taking command of the wing, Moore was Air Force Element commander at Royal Air Force Menwith Hill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The High Frontier Honor Guard presents the national ensign along with the Air Force and 21st Space Wing colors, during the 21st SW change of command ceremony in hangar 140, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., July 11, 2017. Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., presided as Col. Todd Moore assumed command of the 21st SW from Col. Doug Schiess. (U.S. Air Force photo Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence alongside his wife, Karen, and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson land at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence and Wilson visited Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Senior Airman Austin Bieren, 21st Space Wing security forces Airman, poses for a photo during an Airman Leadership Graduation, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. On March 28, 2017, Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren died in a non-combat related incident while deployed in support of combat operations. (Courtesy Photo)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, accepts the Omaha Trophy from Gen. John Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander, and Mogens Bay, Strategic Command Consultation Committee, on behalf of the 21st SW during a ceremony in the auditorium on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., April 6, 2017. This was the first time the 21st SW received the award since its inception in 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 2017 brought forth numerous memorable events at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. These are some of the notable events that took place.

• Communities along the Colorado Front Range, including Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, suffered severe wind damage Jan. 9. Roofs at Peterson AFB were severely damaged as well as two hangars on the flight line. Cheyenne Mountain AFS sustained winds up to 102 mph that damaged outside buildings and at least 40 vehicles.

• Members of Air Force Space Command and the Australian Defense Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt, Western Australia, March 7, to commemorate the C-Band Space Surveillance System reaching full operational status. The radar operates as a dedicated sensor node for the Space Surveillance Network.

• April 6, Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, accepted the Omaha Trophy award from Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Strategic Command commander and Strategic Command Consultation Committee members. The Omaha Trophy recognized the 21st SW as USSTRATCOM’s premier unit for global operations.

• April 7, Team Pete members honored Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren, a 21st SW security forces Airman. Bieren died in a non-combat related incident March 28, while deployed in support of combat operations.

• Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Peterson AFB May 22. Wilson met with Airmen who execute space control operations in support of Air Force Space Command and combatant commander priorities.

• June 23, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, along with Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, visited Peterson AFB, where they were greeted by Gen John “Jay” Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander and Col. Doug Schiess, 21st SW commander. Pence and Wilson also visited Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station where they were briefed on how space plays a role in military operations.

• Col. Todd Moore assumed command of the 21st Space Wing during a change of command ceremony July 11, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Col. Doug Schiess relinquished command after two years as commander.

• Aug. 8 honored the 75th anniversary of 1st Lt. Edward Peterson’s crash as he lifted off from the runway at Colorado Springs Army Air Base in 1942. Peterson was taking his Lockheed P-38 out for a test flight when the engine failed and the plane crashed and burst into flames. The base was later named Peterson Army Air Base and renamed Peterson AFB in 1976.

These were some of the memorable events that happened in 2017. Stay tuned for more in 2018.