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  • Thule Air Base, Greenland: It will surprise you

    Before my arrival at Thule Air Base, Greenland, I received three reactions when I told people where I was going. Feedback ranged from, “I didn’t know the base existed,” or “I thought it was shut down a long time ago,” to “… that’s pretty cool.”  Cool (no pun intended), doesn’t even begin to describe a place that looks like another world. This is
  • Unsung Mission Partners

    When we think about readiness and being ready to fight tonight, we tend to focus our attention to the men and women who serve in uniform. As many of you already know, the 21st Operations Group has a global presence and we are always vigilant and always ready for the fight, wherever we find ourselves.  In the 21st Operations Group, we have men and
  • Mind over cancer

    Almost four years ago I received some troubling news. After discovering a small lump in my neck, I was diagnosed with stage 4 medullary thyroid cancer and informed that the five to 10-year survival rate for my condition was about 50 percent.
  • We are NOT a family

    At a recent Wingman Day event, I stood center stage in front of my squadron and declared, “We are NOT a family.” Nobody saw that coming.
  • Taking advantage of summer at Cavalier AFS

    Cavalier Air Force Station is the U.S. Air Force’s only CONUS-Isolated installation, located 15 miles from the Canadian border and 90 miles north of Grand Forks, North Dakota. For about eight months out of the year, the Spartans of Cavalier brace for the harsh North Dakota winters, where temperatures routinely hover around 0 degrees and dip as low as -40 degrees with 40+ mph winds. We also have lots of snow and rarely see the sun.
  • An open letter to the men and women of the 21st Space Wing

    Knights, 32 years ago when I started my military career at as a freshman at Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, my goal was to graduate and receive a commission in the United States Air Force. A stretch goal was promotion to captain. The honor of serving as the vice wing commander of the 21st Space Wing was beyond consideration. When I was selected for this dream assignment, I was concerned that it surely couldn’t be as exceptional as I imagined. Now, after three years in the seat, I can say that this assignment has been everything I imagined and more. It has unequivocally been the highlight of my career because of the great Airmen I have been honored to serve.
  • Introducing space to the next generation

    Operating in the space domain requires significant technical expertise and education. Part of ensuring our dominance in the space domain is maintaining a talent pool of technical experts. One way of maintaining this talent pool is by motivating the next generation to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math degrees and careers. Without upcoming scientist, technicians and engineers, our military’s future superiority will be compromised.
  • National Trails Day 2018

    June 2, 2018 was National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System. The event was a nationwide effort to improve trails and clean up trash along them. The American Hiking Society goal this year was to improve 2,802 miles of trail in one day!
  • Financial tips for successful PCS & travel pay

    C-P-T-S! Show Me the Money! You may have heard the 21st Comptroller Squadron cheer at a few events. This high energy comptroller staff of professionals is ready to provide you with top-notch customer service for all your finance needs. As we head into the summer months, we often get questions on PCS entitlements and tips to make any PCS, TDY, or even deployment travel voucher a smooth financial transition. To help you prepare, the comptroller team put together several tips to keep your books balanced:
  • 101 days of summer: Have fun, think safety

    It seems like just yesterday as I perused Facebook, a post caught my attention with “Today’s the 110th day of January!” Yep, with all the snow in April, it felt like Colorado’s winter would never end. Fortunately, the cold weather has finally moved on, and summer will be quickly upon us.