Stay focused on safety, attitude, professionalism during ORI

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Air Force Space Command Inspector General team has arrived at the 21st Space Wing, and our Operational Readiness and Unit Compliance Inspections have officially begun. The inspectors have already completed examining several of the wing's GSUs, and also have begun inspecting many of our programs and processes here at Peterson. 

There is much to consider during the inspection: Functional process and product management, to checklists discipline and emergency response. But don't forget about remaining professional at all times. Attitude counts, and it is what drives us to incorporate our core values: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. These are not just buzz words, but how we should conduct ourselves every day.

Success requires more than the ability to recite a checklist, run an exercise, or scramble to respond to a scenario. It demands that we all maintain a positive attitude and sense of urgency in everything. Remember that the IG team is not only watching what you do, but how you do it.

Speaking of professionalism, Chief Master Sgt. Omdal and I recently returned from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where we attended the 14th Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year banquet, where the top 14th Air Force professionals were recognized for their hard work.

I am honored to report that Mr. Mike Puleo, 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, received the award as the 14th Air Force Civilian of the Year for Category II. My heartiest congratulations to him for his hard work and dedication to our mission, and for his integrity, service and excellence.

Additionally, during the awards banquet, I accepted the Chennault Trophy on behalf of the 21st Operations Group. The Chennault Trophy is Awarded to the best Operations Group in 14th AF.

Also on the subject of awards, the Team Peterson Annual Awards ceremony is this coming Friday at The Club. This is where we recognize our outstanding Airmen from the entire Peterson complex. At the banquet, superior performers are recognized from the following organizations:

U.S. Northern Command
North American Aerospace Defense Command
Air Force Space Command Headquarters Staff
21st Space Wing
13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Carson
Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
Space and Missile System Center Logistics Support Squadron
850th Electronic Systems Group
544th Information Operations Group
Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
U.S. Air Force Academy Band
Forest L. Vosler Noncommissioned Officer Academy
3rd Weather Squadron, Detachment 1
614th Space Communications Squadron

The nominees for these awards all excel in leadership, job performance and self improvement. To be nominated for an annual award is no small feat. We will recognize all of the nominees for all their hard work, extended hours, undying dedication, and unwavering commitment to the greatest, most powerful combined force. We will also recognize the best-of the-best in for Team Pete.

Thanks to Senior Master Sgts. Constantino Zapien, 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Olga Wells, 721st Communications Squadron, for organizing this fantastic event. I know it will be a great time. I hope to see you there.

As of last week, spring is officially here. We have had some great weather, but remember that spring in the Front Range can be very unpredictable. Colorado traditionally gets a lot of snow in March and April, so when the snow is falling or the ground is frozen, be sure to give yourself extra stopping distance, take your time and keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.

Also, remember that it is Department of Defense policy for service members to buckle up while driving, and everyone is required to wear a seat while driving on base. Using a handheld cell phone is also prohibited while driving on Peterson. Getting stopped for not wearing your seatbelt is absolutely unacceptable and could affect your driving privileges while on-base.

Finally, I truly appreciate all the hard work that has gone into inspection preparation, and I recognize that the ORI will be challenging. This is an opportunity to show how good we really are; that we can "walk the walk" as teammates and wingmen. You and your attitude will be key to our collective success. As I have stated time and time again, I am so proud to serve along side of you...I witness your excellence every day. Now is the time to shine that excellence for the inspectors.

Let's stay focused, keep up the crisp operations and do your absolute best.