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  • AFSPC Labor Day safety message

    Labor Day marks the end of summer and the last few days of the 2009 Critical Days of Summer Safety Campaign. We lost a valuable member of our AFSPC family in June -- not on vacation; just driving home from work on a two-lane blacktop in the middle of the day. Based upon Air Force statistics, four Airmen die each month while driving, riding or
  • Four priorities lead to mission success

    What a great time to be assigned to the 21st Space Wing! My family and I are thrilled to be back in the wing, and living in Colorado Springs. We have enjoyed meeting many of you already, and very much appreciate the warm welcome you have given us. We look forward to visiting all our units both here at Peterson AFB as well as at our geographically
  • School, sports physicals are vital requirement

    Parents are familiar with annual school and sports physical requirement as part of a comprehensive health maintenance strategy for their children. The frequency of regular checkups is influenced by a variety of factors. For infants, check-ups are recommended about every 2 to 6 months depending on age. From two to 11 years old, annual check-ups are
  • Farewell to a great wing

    It is time to say goodbye to the men and women of the 21st Space Wing and to two of the most rewarding years of my Air Force career. We've had many opportunities together and we've overcome many challenges. I thank you, the men and women of the 21st Space Wing, for a great tour. I've spent the last few days reflecting on what we've been able to
  • Welcoming home a fallen Soldier

    It was a day that would be described as not out of the ordinary for an August morning at Peterson Air Force Base. Pikes Peak stood boldly in the back drop as she normally does, looking majestically down on Colorado Springs as the bright sun warmed the morning skies. People went about their business on the base, contractors worked busily on the west
  • Combat action medal recipients epitomize Warrior Ethos

    At 9 a.m. Friday on the Peterson parade field, Maj. Gen. Thomas Deppe, Air Force Space Command vice commander, will retire after 42 years of service to our nation. General Deppe started as an enlisted Airman and served 12 years rising to the rank of technical sergeant before earning his commission in 1977. After earning his commission, he spent
  • Air Force spouses are heart of ‘Team Pete’

    Air Force spouses play a critical role in the success and achievements of the Air Force. They support Peterson Airmen by keeping the home fires burning during deployments or during long hours of exercises, which increases Air Force ability to effectively respond in crises and maintain national security. When Airmen know that they have this support,
  • Commander prepares to bid farewell to 'best wing in AF'

    We say 'the sun never sets on the 21st Space Wing' and this past week has certainly proved it true, with a host of activities happening around the wing. On Friday the Peterson Air and Space Museum did a fantastic job with their concert in the park, and my thanks go out to Gail Whalen and Jeff Nash from the museum and all the volunteers for making
  • Houston, we have a problem – high risk, unsafe driving practices

    "Houston, we have a problem," is a famous quote by James Lovell, a member of NASA's space mission Apollo 13 crew. He used this phrase to report a major technical problem to Houston Control. In reality, he said, "Houston, we've had a problem." With the assistance of some dedicated engineers they were able to overcome the problem and return to earth
  • Warfit vital part of readiness role

    Tuesday I held my last commander's call at the auditorium. I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication and professionalism during my time here as commander. You have achieved many great things over the past two years and will achieve many more in the years to come. There is not enough time in a commander's call to cover all the