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  • Being ready in a crisis

    Early on the morning of 9/11, I woke with a start. It was not because I instinctively knew something bad was going to happen – it was because my crew partner was screaming my name and asking me to get out of bed. As a First Lieutenant missileer stationed at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, I was responsible for launch operations of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile – the most powerful weapon in our nation’s nuclear deterrent arsenal.
  • Making Space Operators into Space Warriors

    You’re sitting on shift and the power goes out. What do you do? Do you A) Wait for it to come back up, and then take no further action; B) Report it to a technician, upon return of power take no further action; C) Report it to a technician as well as Security Forces requesting them to investigate, and upon return request the technician provide all
  • Safety Office here to serve the community

    When I was first notified of my assignment as the chief of safety for the 21st Space Wing, I’ll admit, I had some mixed feelings. Coming from the Pentagon, I was excited to get back to the Wing, especially the premier wing in AFSPC. But honestly, I had no idea what a chief of safety’s job was. And worse, I had no real understanding of what the
  • Embrace the opportunity to serve our country

    My grandfather served in World War II. He received his draft notice on the exact day my mother was born. He was shipped to Fort Carson, then overseas to fight in the war in France. I grew up with his stories of traveling from town to town, hiding out from the enemy in a farmer’s barn, and his missions as the communications NCO. My grandfather
  • Memorial Day 2016

    In my first Commander’s Call I talked about how we are all a part of an organization, a family really, where we all would lay down our life to protect each other. The spirit of that statement embodies the spirit of Memorial Day: the sacrifice of individual life for the benefit of fellow citizens and brothers and sisters in arms. Every day I am
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