Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council honors Peterson Airmen

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- This past week, I attended the Armed Forces Luncheon at the Broadmoor. This luncheon, part of Armed Forces Week, was sponsored by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council to recognize the most outstanding enlisted military representatives in the entire Front Range. 

Over the past couple of months, the Wing went through a rigorous selection process to select an Airman, non-comissioned officer and senior NCO to be our nominees. We selected Master Sgt. Marie Hinkle, 21st Dental Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Cindy Yslas, Vosler NCO Academy; and Senior Airman Megan Hein, 721st Security Forces Squadron as our nominees. I want to thank Chief Master Sgt. Omdal and his committee for leading this selection process and for preparing our nominees for the competition. 

They obviously did a good job ... in a head-to-head competition with the other Air Force units on Peterson and at the other installations throughout the city we had a clean sweep with our three nominees earning the right to represent the Air Force in the city wide competition. 

The Military Affairs Council put on a wonderful luncheon with Gen Renuart as the guest speaker. After Gen Renuart's speech, the city announced the three Outstanding Enlisted Military Representatives ... our nominees won two of the three awards. Congratulations to Airman Hein and Sergeant Yslas for being named the Military Affairs Council's Outstanding Junior Enlisted and NCO, respectively. 

We are all extremely lucky to live in Colorado Springs. As I have said on numerous occasions, it's not the backdrop of Pikes Peak or the great climate that makes Colorado Springs such a nice place to be stationed, although both are spectacular, it's the warm support we receive day-to-day from the local community. It is truly a privilege to call Colorado Springs home. 

This past week we also hosted the formal deactivation of the 21st Maintenance Group, approved earlier this month by the Air Force. Even though the 21st Space Wing unofficially stood down the group last January and realigned its units to other parts of the wing, it was important to formally recognize the transfer of command during the deactivation ceremony. The ceremony was also a great opportunity to pay tribute to the group's unique heritage and to recognize the outstanding efforts of the Airmen that made up the 21st MXG. 

Since its inception in 2002, the 21st MXG has worked tirelessly to keep the vital components of our missile warning and space control mission operating at peak levels. Because of this, we owe a great debt to the members of the unit, past and present, for their contributions to the overall operational readiness and success of the 21st SW. 

The 21st MXG was truly privileged to have the highest caliber of leadership guiding its path. As I said at the deactivation ceremony, Colonel Lyman Faith has been an outstanding group commander and member of the Wing's senior leadership team for the past three years. We thank Lyman and Roxanne for all they have done for the Wing, and wish them well as they depart to Minot for his next command.