Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings Team Peterson

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Peterson, the holiday season is here, which goes along well with the chilly weather we have been experiencing over the last several days. The recent snow and cold weather really compliment the holidays. Bundle up, get out of the house, and enjoy the season. 

Mollie and I want to wish each and every one of you a relaxing, enjoyable and safe holiday season. We are very proud of the work you do and the sacrifices you all make every day. I encourage all of you to take some well deserved quality time with your friends and family. Take advantage of the many events going on all around Colorado Springs throughout the holidays for every age and interest. Also, remember that your Outdoor Recreation Office also has ski equipment available to rent and inexpensive day passes to most of the many Colorado ski resorts. 

Also, while enjoying the holidays, please remember those deployed and those deployed in-place around the world who are not able to be with their friends or loved ones. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I thank you all for your dedication and sacrifice.
Continuing with AFSPC Year of Leadership, December's theme is "Compassion" and to quote Chief Omdal, "the heart of compassion is taking care of our Airmen and their families". Especially during this holiday season, take the time to engage that person we work with who might be hurting or lonely. Compassion prompts us to care for our fellow Airmen and servicemembers who are having a hard time. Every member of our Air Force family is highly valued, from the Security Forces Airman patrolling the base, to the civilian working in the Logistics Readiness Squadron, to the reservist or guardsman supporting the Global War on Terror, to our spouses and children, you are all what makes our Air Force the greatest on earth. 

While for most, this is a time of great joy and togetherness, it can also be a time of sadness and depression. Whether due to separation from family and friends, limited daylight, the cold weather, financial or work related stresses, or loneliness, for some this time of year can lead to a feeling of despair and hopelessness. If you know someone who is spending the holiday alone, I encourage you to invite them to your residence, in the spirit of the holidays . 

As you know, being a good Wingman is embedded into our Air Force culture; Airmen helping Airmen. Take care of each other and yourself, get involved, and adhere to our core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. These qualities are a part of our way of life. If you think one of our Airmen or family members is in distress, be there for them and take care of them, don't be afraid to get involved. Be a good Wingman. 

Finally, I ask that while you are enjoying the season, please remember to be safe. While the holiday season is a great time of year, it can also be a dangerous time, if you do not think about the risk of an event before acting. This is especially true when driving during the holidays. Please be extremely careful while driving on the icy roads. We need each and every one of you back next year. 

Have a great and safe holiday, enjoy the time, reflect on the past year and once again reflect on the absolute privilege we all enjoy serving our country.