Commander highlights key points of commander's conference

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- To the 21st Space Wing Knights, after more than a year in command, I must say I am more impressed each day with your talent, discipline, dedication, and your faithful efforts towards producing effective results in our core mission areas: flawless missile warning, space operations, installation support and protection and developing and deploying warrior Airmen.

Sept. 8-10, we held our Commanders' Conference where 27 of our group and squadron commanders assembled to identify issues that call for review and to decide on matters affecting our mission.

While I do not intend on summarizing the multitude of topics discussed, I'd like to abbreviate a few points.

During a recent strategic summit Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, redefined the Air Force mission statement. "The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space, and cyberspace." The 21st SW mission is resolute and remains the grounds for which we strive as a wing. It is not only important, but absolutely vital that every Airman understands how he or she fits into the mission and relentlessly commit to its flawless tenant and principle ... it's our promise to the command, the Air Force and America.

Note also that in a concerted effort to develop the most proficient warfighter, we jointly centered attentions on compliance. While I'm certain that you have spent a great deal of time over the past months working to ensure your personal compliance, we have quite a bit of work to do in order to bolster 100-percent compliance as a standard in all areas.

As you may know, "compliance Thursdays" is our time to yield nonessential activity to spotlight and tackle compliance items as well as taking time to talk to your people, face to face. Changing culture across a large organization is challenging. It will take leadership from the top and involvement from every member of our wing to make sure our hard work culminates in continued success.

Additionally, we had the pleasure of hosting the Air Force Space Command's Command Chief Master Sgt. Todd Small, who discussed the "The AFSPC Year of Leadership," or YOL. He emphasized the value of leadership, aim points and action items that were established under the banner of YOL, but most importantly, that there's no leadership crisis. We are redoubling our efforts to reaffirm and re-instill the inner confidence of our Airmen, to reflect on leadership and improve in all areas beginning with "Back to Basics - Heritage."

Along this line, Sept. 15-19 begins a week-long series of POW-MIA events to reflect on why we are able to live the life we live today, and pay homage to those who suffered for our freedoms. Further, on Sept. 18, during lunch at Noon, we will celebrate the Air Force Birthday at the Aragon Dining Facility.

Above the vast outcomes from the conference, on Sept. 8, the Fourteenth Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. William Shelton announced the Numbered Air Force quarterly award winners for the second quarter 2008. Please join me in congratulating Senior Airman Zalman C. Kosofsky and Tech Sgt. Michael E. Scott who will soon compete at the AFSPC level for Airman and Non-commissioned Officer of the quarter respectively.

Special thanks to our director of staff, Al Strait and his team of professionals for making the conference a world-class event for us all: Capt. Josh Werner, 2nd Lts. Melissa George Paul Wilcox, Senior Master Sgt. Gary Hadden, Tech. Sgt. John Sherman, Senior Airman Ginnafer Burnett, Airmen 1st Class Ryan Gilletti and Lauren Daily, Dan Pocius and Francine Norrod and an additional thanks to "Wild Blue Country," the fitness center staff and the Club at Peterson.