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Key wing events summary

PETERSON AFB, Colo. -- The recent grand opening of the new Stripes Pub was advertised by the 21st Services Squadron as being an event you wouldn't want to miss; however, it turned out to be even more successful than anyone could have imagined.

If you were at the ribbon cutting then you know exactly what I'm talking about - it was truly a spectacular event. Representatives from all over Team Peterson turned out for the festivities as we celebrated the latest edition to the on-base amenities available to our military members and their families.

Many of the thoughts and ideas that went into its creation came from the men and women of the enlisted force, specifically the joint 21st Space Wing and 50th SW enlisted advisory committee. Their voices were heard loud and clear as we transitioned from the heritage theme of the previous Ozone Lounge to the popular sports and gaming pub that you see today.

I would like to thank our Club Manager and "Pub architect," Mr. Curtis Clayton for spearheading this effort, and Mr. Michael Coltrin of the 21st Services Squadron who ensured we had the resources to execute. A special thanks to Headquarters Air Force Space Command A1S who provided us with the needed financial support to make this a truly first-class pub. Finally, I would like to thank the professionals of the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron who did a lot of the facility work required to transform the Stripes Pub from concept to reality. My thanks again to all these individuals, well done!

Last week, the 21st Space Wing's senior leadership participated in a strategic planning off-site. A special thanks to Mr. Rick Hughes, 21st SW AFSO21 office, for orchestrating this very valuable session. We spent the day analyzing our three mission areas - space superiority operations, installation support and protection, and deploying Warrior Airmen - in order to refine our overarching goals/objectives for each area. After establishing these goals and objectives, we worked together to develop specific strategies to achieve those objectives and assigned "objective champions" to coordinate the actions needed for each strategy.

We expect to refine and finalize this planning effort over the next couple of weeks and vet a revised mission and vision statement for the Wing. We look forward to publishing the plan at the beginning of October.

This week, Team Peterson continues to pay tribute to a very special group of Americans - our nation's Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. As the late Jesse Brown, former secretary of Veteran's Affairs, once said: "The uncommon valor and devotion to country that these courageous Americans exhibited under inconceivable circumstances dictate that we take special opportunities to honor them." A series of events throughout the week have allowed us to do just that.

These events included reveille Sept. 17, where the POW/MIA flag was raised at the NCO Academy, and a vigil at Peterson Chapel Sept. 18 where names of those missing in action from the Korean War were continuously read. 

Immediately following the retreat ceremony Sept. 20, a 24-hour POW/MIA run will take place in which participants will run 30-minute legs while carrying the POW/MIA flag. The run will conclude just prior to the start of the Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 21 at Peterson Chapel.

Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Pavlick, the 21st SW lead, and Senior Master Sgt. D.J. Jones have done an outstanding job in planning and coordinating the entire week's POW/MIA activities. They received quite a lot of support from a number of individuals including Senior Master Sgt. Scott Sippel, Senior Master Sgt. Linda Valinho, Master Sgt. Sid Doring, Tech. Sgt. Melissa Hargis, and Mr. Bill Galvan. Thanks to their leadership and overall effort, Team Peterson has been able to honor our nation's Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in a manner befitting their service to our country.

In closing, I urge all of you to keep these men and women, as well as their families, in your prayers. We are grateful for your continuing support for all those past and present who protect and defend our great nation every day.