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Commander bids farewell to Wing

PETERSON AFB, Colo. -- For all of you that were able to attend Commander's Call June 12, you understand it is with a heavy heart that I say farewell.

What you, this wing, has been able to accomplish since I took command in November 2005, is nothing short of phenomenal. You have strived and succeeded in surpassing my expectations of "Providing World Class Space Superiority and Unsurpassed Installation Support and Protection while deploying Warrior Airmen."

Though we still have many challenges ahead of us, you have brought this wing to a whole new level. You have made great strides in providing World Class Space Superiority through weapons system upgrades, the Chinese anti-satellite lessons learned, and in standing up a new unit to provide a new deployable space control capability.

The challenges of increased fiscal constraints and force protection requirements have not hindered your ability to provide Unsurpassed Installation Support and Protection to not only wing personnel, but also to the 52 tenant organizations, including three command headquarters. You have taken the initiative and found innovative ways to overcome obstacles and continue to bring new services to Peterson; one example is the new shopping complex, encompassing the commissary, base exchange and pharmacy. 

You have also increased the security of this installation, through initiatives such as gate re-alignments, a new vehicle search facility, and numerous other security upgrades across base.

Lastly, we must not forget the 1,779 Warrior Airmen we have sent into harm's way over the last 19 months, to ensure the success of our critical mission. Every wing member should be proud of the role they played in preparing these Air Expeditionary Force Airmen. These men and women bravely exchange the comforts of home to defend freedom in Iraq, Afghanistan and other critical locations around the world.

I thank you all for your hard work and dedication. I leave June 28, confident in the leadership of Col. Jay Raymond and the abilities of the men and women of the 21st Space Wing to build Strength and Preparedness to Save the Nation!