Improvements, activities create fast pace for Team Pete

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- It's been an exciting and busy week for Peterson. Even though our calendars are quite full, thankfully we haven't had to contend with too much cold or snow. The weather has been fantastic over the last several days, so hopefully you have been able to get out and enjoy it. We have also hosted several great events and ceremonies over the last week, my thanks to all of you that were able to participate in them. 

We held a ribbon cutting for our Child Development Center Annex on Friday, which unveiled some great improvements for our families. Following six months of construction, the CDC Annex has a fresh new look including modern bathrooms, bright walls, soft-cushioned floor tiles and a state-of-the-art closed circuit television system. 

The renovation makes for a welcoming environment for families and the military community, and the addition of the upgraded CCTV increases the level of security and safety for all its customers. This is a fantastic quality of life improvement for our base. 

The $220,000 of improvements increases its functionality, safety, aesthetics, and enhances the home-like environment that our military families and children deserve. Parents can observe their children on monitors in the Center, which will give them the peace of mind needed to complete the mission, knowing their children are safe and well cared for. 

Additionally, the 21st Space Wing Communications and Information annual award winners were recognized at a breakfast ceremony Monday. A host of our finest communications professionals were recognized for their outstanding skills. These professionals have a vital role in providing flawless missile warning and surveillance, as well as unsurpassed installation support and protection. Congratulations to you all for your superior performance. 

The following Airmen won in their respective categories:
Communications and Electronics Airman of the Year - Airman 1st Class Alex Weber, 21st Communications Squadron
Communications and Electronics Noncommissioned Officer of the Year - Staff Sgt. Nicholas Smith, 21st Communications Squadron
Communications and Electronics Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year - Master Sgt. Steven Bridges, 21st Communications Squadron
Knowledge Operations Management Airman of the Year - Senior Airman Ashley Schoullis, 21st Communications Squadron
Knowledge Operations Management Noncommissioned Officer of the Year - Staff Sgt. Ian Jerla, 821st Air Base Group
Communications and Computer Systems Airman of the Year - Senior Airman Robert Henson, 21st Communications Squadron
Communications and Computer Systems Noncommissioned Officer of the Year - Tech. Sgt. Terence Brown, 21st Communications Squadron
Communications and Computer Systems Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year -Master Sgt. Erik Allred, 721st Communications Squadron
Communications Company Grade Officer of the Year - 1st Lt. Mark Manglicmot 21st Communications Squadron
33XX FGO of the Year - Maj. Joseph Church, 21st Communications Squadron
Civilian Manager of the Year - Mr. William Robertson, 721st Communications Squadron
Civilian Specialist of the Year - Mr. Russell Puls, 721st Communications Squadron
IA Program Manager of the Year - Tech. Sgt. Derrick Wallace, 21st Communications Squadron
Lt .Gen. Harold W. Grant Award - 721st Communications Squadron
IA Element of the Year Award - 721st Communications Squadron
Awesome job to the winner and nominees, keep up the great work! 

We also gathered this week for two important annual observances - the National Prayer Luncheon and the African American/Black History Month Luncheon. 

On Tuesday we were honored to have with us Chaplain Maj. Gen. Cecil Richardson, Air Force Chief of Chaplains, as the keynote speaker for our National Prayer Luncheon. Chaplain Richardson's topic for his address was "God Shed His Grace on Thee." His words gave pause to us all, to recognize the blessings we enjoy each and every day.
The tradition of the National Prayer Breakfast or Lunch goes back to 1942. At that time, prayer groups were inaugurated by the Senate and the House of Representatives. In 1953, members of the Senate and House prayer groups established with President Eisenhower, the first presidential prayer breakfast. Its goal was to seek divine guidance for our government and to reaffirm our faith and dependence upon God. 

On Wednesday we hosted our annual African American/Black History Month Luncheon. The luncheon is intended to educate attendees on black history and celebrate the national observance. This year's luncheon included a musical performance "Black Hands Drum Ensemble," and guest speaker Mr. Thomas Moore. Mr. Moore's words were both inspirational and thought provoking and we thank him for taking time to impart his wisdom on us. 

This year's theme at the African American/Black History Month Luncheon was "The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas." This brings to mind the many great accomplishments Black Americans have made, most recently the historical election of our new commander in chief President Barack Obama. 

Thanks to everyone who made these two luncheons possible, as well as those who attended to support these two important observances. 

As you can see, it was a very busy week, and next week will likely be the same. I encourage all of you to continue to do your best each day, and continue the Wing's proud tradition of crisp work and of being the best in all we do.