This week in review

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The weekend was far from quiet on base.

Starting Aug. 15, the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron responded to a report of smoke at Bldg. 2, which turned out to be a brief electrical fire. The fire extinguished itself, but the Peterson fire department worked with CES's electricians, power production and heating, ventilation and air conditioning personnel to evaluate the situation, remove the fire danger and shut off the building's utilities, preventing further significant damage. All day Aug. 16, our civil engineers worked to safely restore power to this critical facility, and our communicators restored communications throughout the building.

On Aug. 16, after what the National Weather Service deemed the driest July since 1924 (the year record keeping began), the skies opened up with more than two inches of rain in a 72-hour period. This caused a little excitement on base, and our civil engineers once again responded to protect our infrastructure. We had minor flooding in a couple of our base facilities and significant flooding in one of our base houses. I want to personally thank all the neighbors that pitched in along with our 21st CES, 21st Force Support Squadron and Tierra Vista Communities for stepping up to help a family in need. Well done.

Specifically, thanks to Maj. Stacey Anason, civilians Lanny Eller, John Coutee, Donya Green, Tech. Sgts. Christopher Earnest, Derrick Dembowski, Joel Wright, Antonio DeAvila and Robert Leaman, Staff Sgts. Joms Malapit, Robert Cordova, Donald Ingram, Dennis Urruchihuaman, Andrew Kennedy and Warren Herrington, Senior Airmen Adam Alonge, Anthony Feroleto and Airmen 1st Class James McConnell who responded flawlessly to these events to safeguard life and property.

Also on Aug. 16, Cripple Creek held its annual salute to the armed forces. Our Knights were called upon to support the event and did so in fine fashion, despite the inclement weather. Master Sgt. Daniel Flores, 21st CES, took about two dozen of our finest Airmen to Cripple Creek to march in its parade honoring America's armed forces.

The High Frontier Honor Guard also distinguished itself by presenting the colors at a memorial dedication following the parade and a three volley gun-salute in memory of fallen service members from the Pikes Peak region. The Honor Guard did the wing proud with its flawless execution during the ceremony.

Thank you to all the Airmen who took time to represent the Air Force in the parade. We are fortunate to live in a community that supports the military and values the service our Airmen provide. Following the parade, the Airmen were approached by locals who showed their support for the military and thanked them for their service.