Knights prepare for 'FERP'

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- In the past few months, the Knights of the 21st Space Wing have welcomed a number of Air Force Space Command and Air Force-level inspection teams while showcasing a superior level of installation support.

On July 29, the Facilities Excellence Recognition Program, or FERP, began their visit of our facilities to evaluate how well we make the most of them. This AFSPC-level inspection is a bi-annual competition with two basic focus areas: compliance with facilities plans and how well we utilize them as part of quality of life, environmental and energy efficiencies. Winners of this competition are awarded $200,000 toward additional quality of life initiatives.

Evidence of pride in our facilities is constantly apparent, from the many enthusiastic building managers who proudly care for and maintain our buildings to the engineers who oversee our Facilities Excellence Program. In addition to the remarkable efforts of the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron professionals, we all play a significant role in maintaining our facilities and the success of the program.

From executing over $1.3 million in lodging upgrades, completion of the $34 million base exchange/commissary complex, re-opening the renovated $2.8 million Aquatics Center to the $12.7 million West Gate project, all the way to building the $19.5 million dormitory at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, the 21st Space Wing uses intelligent solutions to achieve far more than our budget limitations would suggest.

Excellent environments where our Airmen work, relax and retreat directly impact mission success, which is why a large part of our mission is to provide unsurpassed installation support. Your individual and organizational investments have paid dividends and continue to set the standard for the rest of AFSPC. Be proud and keep up the great work!

Speaking of excellence, I'd like to recognize a very special accomplishment of five of our very own Knights. On July 21st, your command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Tim Omdal, and I had the pleasure of attending the annual Colorado Air Force Association awards dinner, where the 21st Space Wing cleaned house. We took home five of the seven state-wide honors. Capt. Joseph Pugliese, 21st Medical Group, received the Company Grade Officer of the Year award; Master Sgt. Michael Young, 21st Operations Group, received the Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year award; Peter Anderson, 21st Comptrollers Squadron, received the Civilian Non-Supervisory Category I of the Year award; Ernest Champigny, 721st Communications Squadron, received the Civilian Non-Supervisory Category II of the Year award; and Deborah Lombardi of the 21st Dental Squadron received the Civilian Supervisory Category II of the year award.

Each Airman was recommended to represent the 21st SW and selected as nominees by a panel from Colorado's various Air Force organizations - the North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command, Peterson, Schriever AFB, Buckley AFB and the U.S. Air Force Academy. This award is meant to reward Airmen for doing outstanding work and is yet another endless example of the stellar Airmen assigned to our wing

In addition to the AFA award winners, on July 28th, I recognized the 21st SW quarterly award winners during the Quarterly Awards Luncheon. Those winners were: from the Civilian Supervisory Category II, Jeff Bohn, the Category II Civilian of the Quarter, Steve Hayden, the Category I Supervisory Civilian of the Quarter, Scott Deeds, the Category I Civilian of the Quarter Group, Gene Ondechek, the Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, from the 821st Air Base Group, 1st Lt. Nicki Langley, the Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter, Master Sgt. Shaun Guilfoil, the Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter, from the 21st Operations Group, Tech. Sgt. Mike Scott, and finally ... the Airman of the Quarter, from the 21st Medical Group, Senior Airman Zalman Kosofsky ... congratulations to you all!

Peterson's nominees in each category were: 

CGO Category
Capt. Joseph Pugliese-21 MDG
SNCO Category
Master Sgt. Michael Young-21 OG
NCO Category
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Evans-21 OG
AMN Category
Airman 1st Class Thomas Taylor-21 MSG
Civilian Non-Supervisory Category I
Peterson Anderson-21 DS
Civilian Non-Supervisory Category II
Ernest Champigny-721CS
Civilian Supervisory Category II
Deborah Lombardi-DS