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  • Operations security and emergency management

    Somewhere a terrorist is capable and has the intent to use chemical, biological, nuclear, radiological weapons and explosives. In order to deter, detect and defend we must think like the adversary in the prevention and preparation phase of emergency management. The EM Program cannot prevent terrorist use of CBRNE. The only measures indicated are in
  • 21st CES firefighters respond to grass fire

    A grass fire that burned five square miles just south of the Colorado Springs Airport July 11 sent our firefighters on a scurry to extinguish the blaze. Peterson firefighters assisted within minutes of initial notification to join three area fire department crews to extinguish the fire just outside of Peterson. The fire was moving toward sensitive
  • An OPSEC attitude - a winning attitude

    Operation Security's desired effect is to influence the adversary's behavior and actions by protecting friendly operations and activities. What can we change to impact OPSEC here at home? Who is the real adversary? Is it intelligence collectors or is it an attitude? How do we affect the behavior of spies, electronic eavesdropping, open source
  • Pikes Peak Lodge prepares for Innkeeper Award, upcoming events

    Already selected as number one in Air Force Space Command, the 21st Services Squadron's Pikes Peak Lodge will now compete against other major commands for the Air Force Innkeeper Award. The Air Force Innkeeper Award program was created in 1981 and is managed by the Air Force Services Agency Lodging Branch. The award is presented annually to
  • Technical and master sergeant promotion release; 21 MSG change of command

    Last week, the Air Force released the long anticipated technical and master sergeant promotion results, and on June 27, at the promotion release party, I had the distinct honor of meeting the selects. Of 12,000 eligible staff sergeants who tested, only 18.25 percent earned the next higher rank. It was evident that our staff sergeants assigned to
  • Team Peterson's Sports and Field Day

    Challenging ourselves to incorporate fitness and health into our lifestyle is what makes us a more fit force than ever before. We are now in the fourth year of the current fitness standard, and since its inception, we have developed multiple ways of enjoying fitness. Arguably, the most anticipated fitness event of the year is our annual Sports and
  • What kind of supervisor are you?

    As a new first sergeant at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., I was at a staff meeting when a chief, the mission support group superintendent and great personal mentor, gave us a heads-up about a small trash detail requirement to clean up after the Fourth of July fireworks display. As we filed out at the end of the meeting, I made what I considered
  • 21 SW commander comments on accountability

    Last week, Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command, addressed the findings related to the stewardship of our nuclear weapons program, an obligation for continuous improvement and his determination to ensure AFSPC's capabilities are never questioned again. He discussed four primary points: standards, innovation, a thorough
  • 21st Space Wing faces tough week

    Last week was clearly a tragic week for the 21st Space Wing as we lost a vital member of our team in an off base vehicle accident. On June 4, Staff Sgt. Jorge Barba, assigned to the Area Dental Lab, was killed in a vehicle accident. He volunteered to cross-train into the dental laboratory career field and had, in total, 8 years of faithful and
  • 21st Space Wing visits Maui; World Environment Week observance

    Last week, your command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Omdal and I visited Detachment 3, 21st Operations Group in the state of Hawaii, on the island of Maui. The primary mission of the detachment is to detect, track and identify all tasked space objects within its area of coverage. Additionally, as one of only three world-wide sites to host the