Wing Recognizes Peterson Airmen, Programs; Heading to SnoFest ‘09

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- One of the most rewarding and satisfying things I do as the 21st Space Wing commander is to recognize and congratulate superior performance and selfless acts, at the unit and individual level. I am blessed that our wing has many dedicated professionals and outstanding performers who are fulfilling our wing mission every single day in support of the Air Force and Department of Defense's priorities.

Jan. 29 at the Team Pete Promotion Ceremony, we will recognize members of Team Pete who, through professional excellence, devoted service, and superior performance, have earned their promotions in the United States Air Force. This is a huge moment in the careers of these individuals, and a testament to their past successes and their potential to excel in the next higher grade. These Airmen have shown that they are ready for the increased responsibilities andaccountabily that come with any promotion. Congratulations to each of the promotees.

Speaking of superior performance, Peterson AFB recently won the 2008 Maj. Gen. M.C. "Tim" Padden Award as part of the Air Force Space Command Facilities Excellence Recognition Program. The wing was the winner in the Large Installation category. To accompany this prestigious award is a monetary allowance of $200,000 for base quality of life improvements. Congratulations to Randy Hawke, 21st SW facilities excellence architect, and his team for an outstanding job. The award exemplifies our wing's commitment to providing unsurpassed installation support. Great job team!

Also join me in congratulating Tech. Sgt. Tina Timmerman, 21st SW Plans and Programs office, on her selection as the 2008 Air Force Military Deception Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Tina is an outstanding NCO and this award is a testament to the great things she does for this wing and for our Air Force. Congratulations Tina, keep up the great work!

We held our Fire Emergency Services Annual Awards Breakfast Jan. 27, honoring the "cream of the crop" of our base firefighters. This team of superstars unselfishly serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet the emergency response needs of Team Pete, the Colorado Springs Airport and our local community. Our top performers in the five categories were: 

Military Firefighter of the Year: Airman 1st Class Kyle Dobler
Military Fire Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Chancey Cruger
Senior Military Fire Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Christopher Raynor (currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom)
Civilian Fire Officer of the Year: Burke Ferrin
Firefighter Choice Award: Staff Sgt. Timmi Bjorsvik. 

Congratulations to these outstanding Airmen. Thank you all for your outstanding performance and for your unsurpassed installation support. Great work!

Next week, 21st SW "Knights" from around the globe will unite at Peterson for our annual awards recognition week. During the week, we will host a variety of events including tours, mission briefs, and senior leadership engagements culminating with the 21st SW Annual Awards Social and Dinner. Our Airmen are the best in the Air Force and AFSPC. You are all winners in my book; thank you for all you do in support of our mission to ensure space dominance. Best of luck!

We are in the final days of this January's Year of Leadership focus, Education and Training. Every leader has the responsibility to discuss and mentor their Airmen on available educational opportunities. Education increases your potential for advancement in the Air Force and makes for a well-rounded individual. There are numerous educational and financial assistance programs available to members of the military and their dependants. I encourage you all to take advantage of these opportunities. Our Base Education Office has a wealth of information and a very knowledgeable staff, willing to answer your questions and to offer educational advice.

Last but not least, this weekend Peterson Airmen will be hitting the slopes and building positive Wingman relationships with other Airmen during SnoFest 2009. This year's events feature competitive ski and snowboard races, parties, and other winter fun at Keystone Resort. For those who are heading out, be safe and enjoy the powder. For those who are not going to SnoFest, take the weekend and relax with family and friends. To all of you, please keep Operational Risk Management and safety at the forefront of your actions. I want each and every one of you to return safely and in good health, reinvigorated for the upcoming week.