Commander highlights medical inspection, 20th SPCS visit

PETERSON AFB, Colo. -- Congratulations to the 21st Medical Group for earning an overall "Excellent" rating during their recent Health Services Inspection. From Aug. 20 to 24, a nine-member team from Headquarters Air Force Inspection Agency's Directorate of Medical Operations evaluated the group to provide an independent assessment of medical care, evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness and efficiency of medical management, and assessing overall readiness.

Four areas including Deployment Processing, Operational Medicine, Dentistry, and the Area Dental Laboratory were rated as "Outstanding." In addition, Master Sgt. Ramon Gonzales, Tech. Sgt. Ashly Erickson, and Tech. Sgt. Lashawna Harn were recognized by the inspection team as "professional performers" for their above and beyond contributions leading up to and during the inspection. These individuals deserve a tremendous amount of credit for a job well done.

This inspection rating validates what we here at the 21st Space Wing already know ... our medical group is superb and is committed to maximizing the quality and access of medical care for all Team Peterson beneficiaries.

Anyone who has ever gone through a compliance inspection knows that it's virtually impossible to achieve these kinds of results with just a few months of preparation - it takes sound processes and effective program management 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Congratulations MDG, we are all very proud of your accomplishments.

This week I also had a chance to visit the 20th Space Control Squadron at Eglin AFB and its Detachment at Dahlgren, Va. The 20th SPCS operates our primary Space Surveillance Radar and the detachment is responsible for operating the Alternate Space Control Center and the Air Force Space Surveillance Fence. I had a great visit and got to see firsthand their significant contributions to our Space Superiority mission. AFSPC's top priority in preserving and expanding our ability to deliver space effects to the Joint Fight is centered on the space situational awareness provided largely by the 20 SPCS.

Finally, I want to remind everyone to "think safety" throughout the Labor Day holiday period. As Darron Haughn, 21st Space Wing Safety, mentioned at the recent commander's call, there will be a tendency for people to try and squeeze three months of activity into just a few days worth of time over the Labor Day weekend. That being said, I encourage you to continue to practice the proven techniques of Operational Risk Management and to take even more precaution in the things you do.

Enjoy yourself while continuing to maintain your safety vigilance. Be a good Wingman! Take care of yourself, your family, friends and co-workers. Although the Labor Day weekend marks the official end to the 101 critical days of summer, remember there are 365 critical days of your life each year. We need each and every one of you back, safe and sound, on Tuesday.