Team Pete breakfast, legislative visit, activities from last week

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Last week, the 21st Space Wing hosted Team Peterson's fourth quarter awards breakfast at the Peterson Club. As with all awards ceremonies, it was extremely gratifying to see those individuals who have gone above and beyond in the performance of their duties receive the recognition they deserve. I extend my personal congratulations to every nominee in each of the eight award categories for a job well done. 

One of the unique things about Team Peterson's quarterly awards is the wide range of nomination packages the board considers. With Air Force Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, the 21st Space Wing and more than 50 other tenant units on base, the high caliber of folks competing for these awards is tremendous. To even be considered for an award under these circumstances is an honor and I know each nominee is very proud to have been a part of the entire process. 

Aside from the nominees, there are a number of folks to thank for last week's ceremony. First of all, I'd like to thank Col. Walter Wininger, deputy chief of staff for NORAD and USNORTHCOM, and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Wood. Colonel Wininger's closing remarks were outstanding and Sgt. Maj. Wood's presence as the senior enlisted leader for NORAD/NORTHCOM added greatly to the overall event. 

Another key event from last week was the visit to Peterson by 10 members of the Colorado state legislature. The visit was a great opportunity to highlight some issues of mutual interest including housing privatization, military construction and Peterson's "Blueprint 2050" plan. As part of the 2050 plan, Peterson is seeking to add additional land area to our existing boundaries. This effort will greatly increase our force protection capability while also providing future mission expansion opportunities for Peterson proper. 

The visit by the legislators also enabled the wing to showcase the proposed Powers and Airport interchange during their tour of the area. This project will go a long way in improving access to the refurbished West Gate and in decreasing traffic congestion for the surrounding area. The overall visit was just another example of the on-going cooperation between Peterson and officials at the city, county and state levels of government. We look forward to continuing this relationship in the future. 

Last week we also had the privilege of welcoming Chief Master Sgt. Todd Small and his family to Peterson. Chief Small is AFSPC's new command chief. When you see Chief Small, please welcome him to the base. Having had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Chief Small and his family, I can tell you we are very lucky to have him and his family on our AFSPC team. 

Before closing, I'd like to talk a little bit about the upcoming Spouse's Town Hall meeting from 7 - 9 p.m. March 3 at the base chapel. This meeting is open to all military spouses assigned to the 21st SW and Peterson. 

One of the goals of the meeting is to provide information on various base services as well as provide an opportunity for spouses to network with one another. Representatives from several base agencies will take part in the town hall by going over the community resources that support our spouses and families. Agencies scheduled to attend include the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Tierra Vista Communities, the Youth Center and the PAFB Spouses Club, among others. 

This meeting is a valuable opportunity, especially for those who live off-base, to learn more about what Peterson has to offer. Babysitting services are available on-site, sponsored through the Junior Enlisted Association. Attendees can contact Senior Airman Jessica Steel at jessica.steel@peterson.af.mil to reserve a spot for your child care needs. The service is free; however, donations are greatly appreciated.