Directorate of Staff offices perform flawless mission support

PETERSON AFB, Colo. -- Tuesday prior to Labor Day, Chief Master Sgt. Tim Omdal and I visited the men and women serving in the various offices of our 21st Space Wing Directorate of Staff.

With more than 160 Airmen performing a multitude of roles across the wing, it's not a stretch to say that these individuals literally form the backbone of support for the Team Peterson community.

Among the 16 wing staff agencies, responsibilities within the DS include areas ranging from legal support, chapel services, public affairs, and military equal opportunity, all the way to command post operations, wing plans and programs, and protocol. This is not even close to being an all-inclusive list. There are a host of other important roles and responsibilities in which the DS helps contribute to fulfilling the overall 21st Space Wing mission.

Among the star performers the Chief and I met during the DS visit were Senior Airman Sarah Wieneck and Staff Sgt. Emily Smith, both from the 21st Space Wing Judge Advocate office. Airman Wieneck is a model Airman, crisp and professional. You can tell she knows her job well and represents a shining example for others to emulate. Sergeant Smith has also done wonderful things. She stepped up to fill in as the Judge Advocate superintendent when called upon and did so with outstanding results.

Also, Mr. Bob Orwig has done a fine job in his role as unit deployment manager. He brings a clearly identifiable sense of ownership to what he does--his efforts have gone a long way toward meeting one of my primary goals of deploying Warrior Airmen that are highly trained, properly equipped and well prepared.

Finally, two other DS agencies which don't always get the credit they deserve are the 21st Space Wing Protocol office and the Peterson Air and Space Museum. To say that Mr. Ken Friesz's five-member protocol team does a tremendous job would be a vast understatement. Peterson AFB relies heavily upon our protocol office each and every day for the planning and coordinating of VIP visits, ceremonies, conferences, and special events.

Concerning the Air and Space Museum, Ms. Gail Whalen and Mr. Jeffrey Nash have worked wonders preserving and portraying the aviation and space history of the base and its peripheral areas. If you have some time, I encourage you to visit our museum.

My visit with the 21st Space Wing Directorate of Staff began an outstanding week capped off by the Labor Day weekend and the joint 21st SW/50th SW tailgater's party prior to the Air Force Academy football game Sept. 1. Maj. Brad Brainard, the 21st SW lead, has done a great job in helping plan and organize this event. If you missed out, there will be a tailgate before every USAFA football game this season, so I encourage you to come out and enjoy the food and fun with your fellow Air Force Academy football fans. The next event takes place Sept. 13 prior to the game against the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University.

In addition to enjoying the college football festivities, I hope everyone had an opportunity to spend additional quality time with family and friends. It is very important to take some time to "recharge the batteries" and take a brief respite from the high operations tempo that occurs in so many of our work centers.

The upcoming month of September promises to be even busier. Some upcoming events to look forward to include the Stripes Pub ribbon cutting ceremony, the 14th Air Force commander's conference, the Air Force's 60th anniversary ball, as well as a week-long series of POW-MIA events. Thanks again for all you do and I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events.