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     Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado




                                                                                                            Thursday, December 1, 2005                      Vol. 49 No. 47



Purple Heart recipient returns home
By Tech. Sgt. Matt Gilreath                                     She attributes her speedy recovery to the out-
21st Space Wing Public Affairs                            standing care she received at WRAMC, “The doctors
                                                          were so amazing, everybody there is. It is the most
      A Team Pete warrior and her K-9 companion           inspirational place to be.”
stepped off the plane 10:24 p.m. Friday at the                  Sergeant Dana saw many recovering troops at
Colorado Springs Airport.                                 the center, but she said they don’t let their injuries
      Technical Sgt. Jamie Dana, 21st Security            overshadow the work they did in Iraq.
Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and               “I enjoyed being over in Iraq and we’re doing
her military working dog, Rex, came home from             great work,” Sergeant Dana said. “The majority of
Operation Iraqi Freedom exactly five months after         the people want us there. If people don’t support the
they were hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq.                 war, it’s okay, but they need to support our troops.
      More than 25 security forces members and            The number one heroes are still over there.”
friends were at the airport to welcome her. Sergeant            Sergeant Dana said she’s ready to get back in
Dana said spending time with family back in               the game and will return to work Dec. 1, “I don’t
Pennsylvania didn’t compare to what she saw when          want to be tied to a desk. I want to get back out there
she came out of the gate.                                 and see what Rex can do.”
      “It was great. All of my friends were there. This         Sergeant Dana’s husband, Staff Sgt. Mike
is where I live and this is really a homecoming.”         Dana, 721st SFS system flight chief, said he’s                                        Photo by Senior Airman Shawn Clements
      Sergeant Dana has spent more than four months       happy they’re back home. “The therapy was long                 Technical Sergeant Jamie Dana, 21st Security Forces
                                                                                                                         Squadron dog handler, embraces her close friend
recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Md.        and stressful for both of us. I’m glad to be back with
                                                                                                                         Christina Moore, at the Colorado Springs Airport.
      “The first thing I want to do is take a shower      friends and family.”                                           Sergeant Dana was deployed in support of Operation
and go to bed. Then I want to wake up in the morn-              Sergeant Dana will continue therapy over the             Iraqi Freedom, when a humvee she was traveling in
ing and go and see my horses. I’m really ready to get     coming months before being evaluated for duty by a             was attacked. She endured exactly five months of
back outside,” Sergeant Dana said.                        medical board.                                                 treatment before she was able to return home.


Members break ground for new shopping complex
By Stefan Bocchino                                              General Lance Lord, Air Force Space Command                BE&K chairman, Denver Bolster, U.S. Air Force
21st Space Wing Public Affairs                             commander; Col. Jay G. Santee, 21st Space Wing                  retiree council regional representative, and Jack
                                                           commander; Richard Page, Defense Commissary                     Altman, Southern Colorado director of retiree activi-
     A ground breaking ceremony for the new Base           Agency western region director, Bob White, vice                 ties, took out shovels to break ground for the new
Exchange and Commissary shopping complex was               president, Army Air Force Exchange Service Western              shopping facility. The facility will be located on the
held by the 21st Space Wing at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 on           Region; Paco Jordan, CF Jordan Construction chair-              east side of Peterson AFB near the East Gate
Peterson Air Force Base.                                   man; retired Rear Admiral Dave Nash, Jordan –                   entrance.
                                                                                                                                 “Strength and preparedness to save the nation is
                                                                                                                           our vision at the 21st Space Wing,” Colonel Santee
                                                                                                                           said. “Today we are talking about providing unsur-
                                                                                                                           passed installation support and protection to our-
                                                                                                                           selves and our Airmen. This new shopping complex
                                                                                                                           that will stand on the ground we are occupying here
                                                                                                                           today will replace infrastructure that was built in
                                                                                                                           the 1970’s.”
                                                                                                                                 Bobby Mings, Commissary store director, said
                                                                                                                           the complex will cover 5 acres and be 233,000 square
                                                                                                                           feet in size. The Commissary will be 103,000 square
                                                                                                                           feet and the Base Exchange will be 130,000 square
                                                                                                                           feet.
                                                                                                                                 “We’re growing fast in this community and we
                                                                                                                           have 60,000 retirees who deserve to be served
                                                                                                                           because of their great service to our nation,” General
                                                                                                                           Lord said. “We want to make sure we have the facili-
                                                                                                                           ties to serve them.”
                                                                                                                                 The cost of the project will be more than $33
                                                                                                                           million, Mr. Mings said. The contract for its con-
                                                                                                                           struction was awarded to C.F. Jordan Construction
                                                                                                                           Company of Dallas, Texas. The project is slated to be
                                                                                              Photo by Stefan Bocchino     completed in spring 2007.
Leadership from Air Force Space Command, the 21st Space Wing, Defense Commissary Agency, Army                                    “The sales floor will increase by 40 percent,” Mr.
Air Force Exchange Service, CF Jordan Construction and the retiree community break ground on a
new Peterson Air Force Base shopping complex.                                                                                                              See Complex, Page 6


INSIDE
News                       1-6     Commander’s vision for                          21st SFS place at national
Crossword                   10     the future                                      competition
                                                                                                                                           21st Space Wing
Feature                  16-17     21st Space Wing commander spells
                                   out new mission, vision.
                                                                                   The 21st Security Forces Squadron
                                                                                   military working dog handlers earn
                                                                                                                                            Holiday Party
Services                19-20
Go Get Out                 23
                                                                                   awards at competition.                                           Page 21
                                   Page 2                                          Page 13
     SPACE OBSERVER
2    Thursday, December 1, 2005
                                                                                  FROM THE TOP




Commander leads wing                                                                                             confident of their
                                                                                                                 abilities in a hos-
                                                                                                                                                                    who don’t share these core values.
                                                                                                                                                                    Our strength also has a physical
  into space, future                                                                                            tile, deployed
                                                                                                               environment. We
                                                                                                                                                                    component. We are a fit force and
                                                                                                                                                                    our commitment to the Fit-to-Fight
By Col. Jay G. Santee                              We are writing                                            are doing just that.                                   program exemplifies this and pre-
21st Space Wing commander                    tactics, techniques and                                            Finally, we may                                     pares us for war.
                                             procedures to get the most                               save the nation by provid-                                          But these are individual attributes
       In fifty years – as we celebrate      from these optical and                                  ing world-class support and
                                                                                                                                                                    of our strength. Our real strength
the first hundred years of military          radar weapon systems. We                                protection to our units and
                                                                                                                                                                    comes to the front when we act as a
space – I believe historians will            are creating a new space                                tenants so they can accom-
                                             control squadron which will                                                                                            team. As Airmen, we know and under-
write, “The 21st Space Wing saved                                                                    plish their missions.
                                             work with our acquisition                                     Our partners, includ-                                    stand we must care for each other all
the nation.”
                                             partners at Electronic                                  ing the 50th SW located at                                     the time. When we are good wingmen,
       We may save the nation in any of
                                             Systems Center and our                                  Schriever Air Force Base;                                      we are at our best. We also understand,
our three mission areas: space superior-
                                             operational partners at the                             the 302nd Airlift Wing; Air                                    in order for our missions to get done,
ity, deploying warrior Airmen, and / or
providing world-class support and pro-       Joint Space Operations                                  Force Space Command                                            all members of the team must con-
tection to our units and tenant partners.    Center to execute space                                 Headquarters, U.S.                                             tribute to our objectives.
When the time comes to save the              superiority and provide             Colonel Jay G.      Northern Command-North                                               In the future, we are going to
nation, we must be strong and pre-           space situational awareness            Santee           American Aerospace                                             enhance this teamwork and empower
pared. That means we must start ready-       to combatant commanders.                                Defense Command                                                one another to accomplish more by
                                                   In the case of our offensive          Headquarters and Army Strategic                                            incorporating new ways to lead people
ing ourselves today.
                                             counter-space systems, we are fielding Command Headquarters located here,                                              through performance-based leadership
       As the nation’s first space superi-
                                             additional, more capable counter-com- have varied missions but each make an                                            of our total workforce – military, civil-
ority wing, it’s foreseeable we’ll save
                                             munications systems while working           invaluable contribution to our national
the nation by dominating the medium                                                                                                                                 ian and contractor.
                                             to expand training opportunities on         security. They need our help, support,
of space. Increasingly, our security is                                                                                                                                   To the men and women of the
                                             the space range so we can create con-       care and protection to get their mis-
based on the capabilities and effects                                                                                                                               21st Space Wing – we must not rest on
                                             summate war-fighting professionals.         sions done.
that come from controlling and                                                                                                                                      our laurels. Our vision, “To save the
                                             Our goal is to maintain our current               To adequately secure our installa-
exploiting space. Our global economy                                                                                                                                nation,” will drive us to be creative,
                                             readiness while upgrading our capabil- tions and protect ourselves, we need to
is increasingly tied to rapid collection     ities and expertise to defeat tomor-                                                                                   adaptive and lethal. In the coming
                                                                                         view Force Protection from a long-
and dissemination of information from        row’s threat.                               term perspective. We have been at war                                      weeks, you’ll be asked to bring your
and through space. And the lethal                  As evidenced by the fact we have since 1990 and we need to develop a                                             inherent strength forward to be part
American way of war fighting in the          276 Airmen deployed today, we could         protection strategy that will sustain us                                   of the effort to increase our prepared-
mediums of air, land and sea is made         also save the nation in an expedi-          well into the future. Our goal is to take                                  ness. A large part of our success in
possible by space capabilities. We must      tionary role; therefore, we must            a proactive approach to knowing our                                        achieving the vision will be deter-
be ready to dominate in space so our         demonstrate preparedness to dominate        21st Space Wing partners’ needs and                                        mined by each of you understanding
nation can freely exploit this medium        this environment. In order to do this,      supporting their missions.                                                 the vision, mission and intermediate
to our advantage.                            we have developed an annual plan of               So, that’s what we will do to                                        goals, and then being trained and
       At our wing’s situational aware-      instruction and set aside warrior days      demonstrate preparedness in our three                                      empowered to achieve successes in
ness sites around the globe, we will         to train. We’ve taken advantage of          mission areas. But it will be through                                      your area of expertise.
continue our constant vigil of the heav-     training facilities like Red Devil,         the strength of our people – the active
ens while preparing for future capabili-                                                                                                                                  If you believe like I do, that one
                                             offered by the soldiers at Fort Carson.     duty, reserve, guard, government
ties. Our operational radars and optical                                                                                                                            day this wing will save the nation,
                                             We’ve purchased new individual              civilians, government contractors,
systems are undergoing upgrades such         equipment to allow for all-weather,                                                                                    either by dominating the medium of
                                                                                         international partners and local com-
as Upgrade Early Warning Radar,              realistic training. We are improving our munity leaders that we will create                                            space, the expeditionary environment,
Service Life Extension Program and           infrastructure at Pete East to create an    preparedness.                                                              or by providing world-class support
Deep STARE, to increase their capa-          environment that will accommodate                 Our strength starts with your                                        and protection to our tenant partners,
bilities in traditional missions like mis-   overnight training. Soon a combat sim- character and adherence to the Air                                              then I’m ready to start us on that jour-
sile warning and space surveillance,         ulator will allow for weapons training      Force core values. It’s built on a                                         ney. Strength and preparedness is our
and expand their roles to include mis-       in a dynamic, yet structured setting.       foundation of mutual respect and the                                       motto. Strength and preparedness to
sile defense.                                Our goal is to produce warrior Airmen fact that we will not tolerate those                                             save the nation is our vision.


    A Moment in Time
Dec. 1, 1941
The Civil Air Patrol is created.
Dec. 1, 1961
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www.peterson.af.mil                                                          NEWS                                                         Thursday, December 1, 2005   3

Peterson handlers,
working dogs,
place at K-9 trials
By Staff Sgt. Tony Davis
21st Security Forces Squadron


      Two teams from the 21st Security Forces
Squadron placed in the tactical obedience and top
agency areas of the competition.
      The 21st SFS military working dogs and their
handlers competed for the sixth consecutive year at
the 17th Annual Tucson Area Police K-9 Trials Nov.
11 through 13 in Tucson, Ariz.
      “Peterson teams have always done well at the
trials. This year was no different,” said Master Sgt.
Mark Dedrick, 21st SFS kennel master. “Staff Sgt.
Jesse Frank and Staff Sgt. Jesse Tames, (21st SFS
military working dog handlers) led the way.”
      After qualifying at a local competition and two
months of nonstop training, Sergeant Dedrick said
Sergeant Frank and Sergeant Tames, with their K-9        Staff Sgt. Jesse Frank, 21st Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, commands his
partners, Ggina and Chaky, took the opportunity to       dog Ggina to jump a hurdle during the tactical obedience portion of the 17th Annual Tucson Area
                                                         Police K-9 Trials Nov. 11 through 13 in Tucson, Ariz.
show off their skills.
      The Tucson Area Police K-9 Trials competition
consists of events such as detection, tactical obedi-
ence, handler protection, area search, building search
and an obedience course.
      There were 72 dog-handler teams from 25 dif-
ferent military and civilian agencies. The 21st SFS
left their mark with Sergeant Tames placing 4th in
tactical obedience and Sergeant Frank placing 2nd in
top agency.
      “This was an extremely difficult year due to the
limited amount of funds for the 21st Space Wing.
The kennels team raised over $3,100 to meet the
costs for the competition,” Sergeant Dedrick said.
“These guys trained hard and earned everything they
got. Out of the eight handlers here who competed to
go, sergeants Frank and Tames were the two best mil-
itary working dog teams.”
      “All the dogs performed well this year, the
places were separated by fractions of seconds,”
Sergeant Frank said. “I was proud of the way Ggina
worked and how well she did.”
      Sergeant Dedrick said the 21st SFS Military
Working Dog section participates in an average of
four competitions annually, placing more often than
                                                                                                                                                           Courtesy photos
not. “No matter how many awards we win, we are           A 21st SFS military working dog handler competes in one of many portions of the Tucson Area Police
always working hard and striving to do better.”          K-9 Trials. The Team Pete handlers brought home two awards from the national award.



Air Force sets physical training uniform wear date
                                                                                          RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – The Air Force Uniform Board
        Airmen may wear the PTU during personal                                     established an Oct. 1 mandatory wear date of the physical training uniform for unit
         workouts given the following conditions:                                   fitness activities.
                                                                                          The board also released additional guidance for Airmen wearing the uniform
                                                                                    for personal workouts.
    T-shirts may be worn out or tucked in.
                                                                                          All Airmen must comply with tattoo and jewelry standards as stated in Air
    Jackets may be zipped or unzipped and worn with civilian clothes.
                                                                                    Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel.
    Black or navy-blue leggings or stretch shorts may be worn under the uniform           Female Airmen exercising in the PTU may wear their hair free of pins or other
 shorts.
                                                                                    accessories normally required to meet uniform standards. Also, there is no man-
    White socks of any length and small conservative trademarks are authorized.     dated maternity uniform while participating in formations or unit activities.
    Any athletic shoes may be worn.                                                       The Air Force created the PTU to support unit cohesion and present a profes-
    Safety items such as reflective belts, camelbacks and fanny packs are author-   sional, standardized image.
 ized.
                                                                                          Commanders will determine what uniform items – which consist of a jacket,
    Hats or knit caps are authorized, provided they meet military image require-    pants, shorts and T-shirt – Airmen will wear during unit fitness events.
 ments.
                                                                                          The uniform board is working on optional items including a long-sleeve shirt,
    Headphones are authorized                                                       sweatshirt and another style of running shorts.
    Bandanas and other similar head scarves are not authorized unless Airmen              For information, Airmen should contact their commander’s support staff, mil-
 have a medical waiver
                                                                                    itary personnel flight or personnel office at deployed locations.
    Saluting is not required.                                                             (Courtesy of Air Force Personnel Center News Service)
      SPACE OBSERVER
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                                                                                NEWS

Security forces commander warns base to ‘be on guard’
By Maj. Paul Cairney                           The exercise targets and methods         degrees of success. One example of         21st SFS control center. If this had been
21st Security Forces Squadron commander   are chosen randomly by the 21st SW            noteworthy action occurred when Mr.        a real event and not an exercise, ser-
                                          Inspector General team. Every building        Kreifels and Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Baer,     geants Rodriguez and Caswell may have
      The 21st Space Wing Antiterror-     on base is a potential target. To date,       21st SW antiterrorism officer, accessed    prevented a terrorist act from occurring.
ism Office and the 21st Security Forces   numerous 21st SW, headquarters’ and           the base by climbing the perimeter fence         These exercises reflect the reality
Squadron started conducting periodic      tenant units’ buildings have been target-     in a location where gate guards could      of terrorism – it can happen to anyone,
security awareness exercises throughout   ed. In fact, some exercises headed by         not see them. Two observant individuals,   anywhere, at any time. Active-duty mil-
Peterson Air Force Base in February.      Mike Kreifels, former 21st SW antiter-        Staff Sgt. Mark Rodriguez and Staff        itary, contractors, civilians and family
      The purpose of these exercises is   rorism officer, happened outside the          Sgt. Chris Caswell, 21st Aeromedical       members need to be vigilant at all times.
to assess how well Team Pete members      base perimeter to assess the vigilance of     Dental Squadron bioenvironmental                 To report anything suspicious or
recognize suspicious people, objects      people as they drive onto the installation.   engineering technicians, saw the perpe-    for information, call the 21st SFS con-
and vehicles and how well they respond.        The exercises met with varying           trators and immediately contacted the      trol center at 556-4000.




                                                                Photo by Duncan Wood

Peterson hosts 2005 AFSPC                                                                                                            Photo by Airman 1st Class Mandy Weightman

Commanders’ Conference                                                                  Dinner is served
From left to right: General Lance W. Lord, Commander, Air Force Space                   Airman 1st Class Santana Brown, 21st Comptroller Squadron, gets his plate
Command, presents a check to Col. Jay G. Santee, 21st Space Wing com-                   filled up during a Thanksgiving event Nov. 18 at Discovery Hall here. The
mander, during the AFSPC 2005 Fall Commanders’ Conference here Nov. 16,                 first sergeants from Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases served up din-
with Chief Master Sgt. James Moody, 21st SW command chief.                              ner and games for the dorm residents.
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www.peterson.af.mil                                                              NEWS
Contract guards stand watch at Peterson’s gates                                                                          Date, time changes for Force
By Master Sgt.                       rity forces members prepare and        the same, some customs and                         Shaping Briefing
Denise Adams                         deploy to various overseas loca-       courtesies will change. For           The Force Shaping briefing originally scheduled for
21st Security Forces Squadron        tions.                                 example, contract guards are not      Nov. 28 was changed to 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Base
                                           Air Force Space Command          required to salute officers.          Auditorium here. For information, call 556-7135.
      Twenty-nine         contract   is funding civilian guards at sev-           Some of the guards are            Space command’s TV news program
guards will provide security at      eral bases in the local area to ease   retired military personnel or have
Buildings One, Two and Peterson      the burden on security forces.         civilian police backgrounds.
                                                                                                                               takes off
                                                                                                                  Air Force Space Today, Air Force Space Command’s tel-
Air Force Base gates starting        The guards will perform duties         Each new guard has received 40
                                                                                                                  evision news program on the Pentagon Channel, will
Friday.                              similar to their security forces       hours of training on visitor con-
                                                                                                                  show its inaugural edition in December. The schedule for
      Contract guards are being      counterparts. They have been           trol, vehicle search procedures,
                                                                                                                  airing will be: Mondays at 1:30 a.m.; Tuesdays at 4 p.m.;
utilized at other bases around the   fully trained and equipped to pro-     gate duties and various other sub-
                                                                                                                  Wednesdays at 4 a.m., 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.; Thursdays at
country to provide security serv-    vide the same quality of service       jects from Peterson’s security
                                                                                                                  12:30 p.m.; Fridays at 12:30 a.m.; Saturdays at 6:30
ices and increase home station       this base populous has received.       forces training section. For infor-
                                                                                                                  p.m.; and Sundays at 6:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
security while active-duty secu-     While these services will remain       mation, call 556-8235.

                                                                                Briefs
Space wing holds annual                    Internal Revenue Service instructors         call Senior Master Sgt. Powell at 556-    sion will include field trips, upcoming
                                           will teach new volunteers who have           3912 or Ralph Curtis at 556-2198.         events and home schooling in Colorado.
holiday party                              never participated in the program dur-                                                 For information, call Amy Wells at 282-
      The 21st Space Wing is hosting
                                           ing a week-long training class Monday        Servicing post office                     8305 or visit www.groups.yahoo.com/
its annual holiday party beginning at      through Dec. 9 at the base chapel. If        changes location                          group/peterson/homeschool.
6:30 p.m. Friday at the Enlisted Club.     people would like to volunteer to assist          The servicing post office for
The dress is beach casual. For informa-    in the preparation of taxes for their unit   Peterson Air Force Base residents         Statement change affects
tion, call 556-4864.                       members and the local retiree commu-         changed Nov. 19 from the post office      GPC holders
Spouses’ club offers                       nity, contact Kellie Soulvie at 556-         located on Galley Road to the post              In an effort to move all DOD
                                           9306 or e-mail kellie.soulvie@peter-
discounted fees                            son. af.mil.
                                                                                        office at Academy and Fountain            members to a common Government
      The Peterson Spouses’ Club is                                                     Boulevards. Base residents should use     Purchase Card cycle date, the Air Force
offering half-price membership dues to     Team 21 Bowl-A-Thon                          this location for mail stops, starts,     will changed the statement-cycle dates
spouses of deployed servicemembers               The Peterson Bowling Facility will     holds and address changes. Holiday        from the 25th of each month to the 19th
for the month of December. For infor-      host a 9-Pin, No-Tap Tournament              packages and other mail may still be      of the month beginning with the
mation or to join the club, call Eve       Tuesday to raise funds for the 2006          mailed from any post office location.     November cycle. This change affects all
                                           Guardian Challenge competitions at                                                     GPC accounts Air-Force wide. The
Wegler at 596-5986 or visit www.peter-                                                  Homeschool group holds                    cycle for November was Nov. 18 since
sonspousesclub.com.                        Vandenberg AFB, Calif., in May. Five-
                                           person teams will compete for High           Mom’s Meeting                             Nov. 19 is a Saturday. For information,
Legal eagles seek volun-                   Men’s, Women’s and Team awards, as                 Homeschoolers are all invited to    visit     www.halfway.peterson.af.mil/
teers                                      well the Broken Sole Award (low score).      join the Peterson Homeschool Group for    21cons/LGCP/card.asp or contact the
     The Peterson Legal Office team is     Teams have the choice of bowling at          the Mom’s Meeting from 6:30 to 7:30       21st Contracting Squadron GPC manag-
preparing for the upcoming tax season.     either 8 a.m. or noon. For information,      p.m. Tuesday at the chapel. The discus-   er, Patrick Moore, at 556-4925.
       SPACE OBSERVER
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                                                                                   NEWS

Reserve Airmen aid war on terror, return home early
By Tech. Sgt. Tim Taylor                      Baghdad International Airport, Iraq,         was the “most rewarding.”                   son, Ernesto, tightly. Tears were evident
302nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs             Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and                   Master Sgt. Clark Power, 39th         on the face of Staff Sgt. Carlos Silva,
                                              Ramstein Air Base in Germany.                APS A-Flight team chief, summed up          39th APS air transportation craftsman,
      Fists clenched, arms thrust sky-              The 39th APS team were activat-        the time spent in Baghdad in a single       as he scooped his children into his arms.
ward – he looked as if he’d just deliv-       ed for a year, but were able to come         sentence, “You are out there doing the             Leon and Ryan Ott could barely
ered a knockout blow.                         home early. Half of the 48 members           job every day, making sure the planes       stand still while waiting for their father,
      When Master Sgt. Erin Huffaker,         returned home Nov. 5, the rest arrived       come in and go out.”                        Tech. Sgt. Andrew Ott, 39th APS air
39th Aerial Port Squadron air trans-          Nov. 9. All were greeted in similar                Despite the importance of the         transportation craftsman, while Ben
portation craftsman, appeared through         fashion, by people waving flags, cheer-      mission, it paled in comparison to          and Sam Krivanek quietly colored a
the crew hatch atop the slow-moving           ing and applauding, soon followed by         the crowds of cheering family and           welcome home sign for their father,
C-130 aircraft, he wasn’t boasting a          hugs, kisses and tears of joy – numer-       friends who waited anxiously at the         Tech. Sgt. Ronald Krivanek, 39th APS
world boxing championship.                    ous tears of joy.                            hangar doors.                               air transportation craftsman.
      He may, however, have been ges-               While in Baghdad, members of the             It took but a second for Jai Lynn            Sam knew her plans for greeting
turing to the many onlookers that he          squadron set records for the amount of       Firestien, clad in a cheerleading outfit,   her father, “claps and hugs.”
and 47 other Airmen from the 39th             cargo and number of personnel moved.         to bolt into the open arms of her father,          “We’re going to try and get things
APS were victorious in their contribu-        A 12-hour work day was the norm              Master Sgt. Dean Firestien, 39th APS        back to normal,” said Leon Ott. “He
tion to the war on terrorism.                 rather than the exception. In addition to    NCO in charge of special handling.          left after Christmas and has been gone
      Activated Dec. 27 and deployed          their everyday duties, the aerial porters    And it was some time before he was          ever since.”
in two waves in early January, the            also taught the Iraqis how to run the aer-   finally able to unravel her arms from              This reunion leaves little
members of the 39th APS spent 10              ial port operations, an aspect of the        around his neck.                            doubt that spending the holidays
months in support of Operation Iraqi          deployment Tech. Sgt. Dan Oldes, 39th              Tech. Sgt. Gerardo Garcia, 39th       at home beats spending them far
Freedom while rotating between                APS, air transportation craftsman, said      APS Crew 2 team chief, clutched his         from loved ones.


Complex, from Page 1                                             ture that serves the people of this base for shopping.”
                                                                       People enter through the West or North gates when               Attention spouses:
Mings said. “There will be 22 registers, and four of them        they go shopping at the Commissary or BX, Colonel               The Peterson Spouses’ Club (PSC) is an
will be self-service. The new place will be state of the art.”   Santee said. Once the shopping complex is completed,           organization dedicated to providing support
      Mister Mings said the Commissary will have an              the hours for the East Gate will be extended. This should       and charitable contributions to our military
international delicatessen and a bakery. The Base                alleviate some of the congestion problems at the other          community, as well as serving as a social
Exchange will have a service mall, a pharmacy and a              gates. There will also be more than 1,000 new parking         club for military spouses and other men and
food court.                                                      spaces at the complex.                                          women associated with the military in the
      “Think of the community and how it has changed                   “This is what we mean by unsurpassed installation       Pikes Peak Region (Peterson AFB, Schriever
in the last 30 years,” Colonel Santee said. “The major                                                                             AFB, and Cheyenne Mountain AFS).
                                                                 support and protection,” Colonel Santee said. “This new
occupiers of the military region here in Colorado Springs                                                                                      Check us out at
                                                                 complex typifies the reason why we will achieve our
were not even in existence when we built the infrastruc-                                                                              www.petersonspousesclub.com.
                                                                 vision of strength and preparedness to save the nation.”
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www.peterson.af.mil                                                           FEATURE
Promotee honors dad at ceremony
By Stefan Bocchino                                         Japanese – cleaning their areas, polish-
21st Space Wing Public Affairs                             ing their boots and other menial tasks,”
                                                           said Captain Advincula. “Then at night
      A retired naval chief and former Filipino guerril-   they’d do guerrilla operations and steal
la fighter looked on as his son made his way to center     food to feed families. That was kind of
stage where he accepted his newly-achieved rank of         risky because if you got caught, the
naval captain, the Air Force equivalent of colonel.        Japanese would kill you.”
      The Philippine native maintained an air of                 After the American landings in
solemnity as the promotional flag was folded. A            Leyte Gulf, his father’s guerilla unit
speaker’s voice carried the meaning of each fold           joined up with American forces to
across the room. He watched his son enfold the flag in     expel the Japanese from the
his arms.                                                  Philippines. Mister Advincula then
      Captain Rodolfo Advincula, chief of technology       enlisted in the American Army and
management branch with the Combatant Commanders            continued to fight the Japanese in the
C2 Systems Group and commanding officer of the             Philippines and Guam. After the war
619th Reserve Unit, Space and Naval Warfare                he got out of the Army.
                                                                 During the next few years his                                                         Photo by Stefan Bocchino
Systems Command felt the weight of the flag as he
                                                                                                       Attendees show their support as retired Chief Petty Officer
looked to the front row where his father, retired Chief    father attended the Philippine Merchant
                                                                                                       Teofilo Advincula holds the flag presented to him by his son in
Petty Officer Teofilo Advincula, was seated. The voice     Marine Academy. In 1950, he rejoined        honor of his service to the United States and the Philippines.
of the narrator told the audience that Captain             the American military by enlisting in
Advincula wanted to show his father his love, and to       the Navy. He served for 21 years, retir-                 each year. The children today tend to forget history and
honor him for his service to the United States and the     ing in 1971.                                             this type of ceremony helps revisit those times.
Philippines. The younger Advincula walked across the             “This ceremony was so solemn. I got goose                “It’s people like him and others like him who
floor to his father whereupon he placed the flag in his    bumps on my arms,” said the former Navy Chief. “I        have helped shape our world,” said Captain Advincula.
father’s arms.                                             am very proud of my son. The first time I heard he       “I strongly believe we wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t
      The senior Advincula became a guerrilla fighter      was going to be promoted, I spread the news to the       for their courage and commitment, their dedication
after the Japanese conquered the Philippines in May        whole town back home.”                                   and their honor. We can’t forget that.”
1942. He was only 17 years old. It is estimated there            Mister Advincula traveled here from his home-            The flag exchange represents more than a pro-
were more than 200,000 active Filipino guerrillas at       town of Palo in the Province of Leyte in the             motion: it represents a bridge between battles of yes-
the height of their resistence.                            Philippines to witness his son’s promotion. He is 80     terday and today; generations then and now; the ever-
      The Japanese occupied the Philippines for nearly     years old and one of the few surviving Filipino gueril- present battle for freedom; and the passing of a torch
two and a half years. During that time, more than one-     la fighters from the World War II era, said Captain      between a father and a son.
million Filipinos were killed. On Oct. 20, 1944, the       Advincula.                                                     Some information about the war in the
Americans landed in Leyte Gulf, and started the                  The newly promoted captain believes people         Philippines was derived from an article by Lt. Col.
process of liberating the Philippines from Japanese        need to do more to recognize the men who helped          John D. Mills, U.S. Army, entitled “Liberation of the
occupation, which continued until June 1945.               keep the world free during World War II. As they get     Philippines” that appeared in Asia-Pacific Defense
      “During the day, my father would work for the        older, there will be fewer veterans who can be honored Forum, winter 1994-95.
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                                                                                NEWS

Safety offers guide to holidays
                     Tips to keep homes, families safe
By 2nd Lt. Mark Jansen                              Only use indoor lights indoors
21st Space Wing Safety Office                and look for the UL label. Before set-
                                             ting the lights up, check them for bro-
      Editor’s note: Every year              ken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare
Christmas trees catch fire, endanger-        wires and loose connections. Replace       Patrol response                              Desk at 556-4805 immediately.
ing property and lives. The 21st Space       any damaged light sets.                          The Colorado Springs Police De-
Wing safety team offers a few tips on               Place extension cords out of the    partment contacted the 21st Security
                                                                                                                                     Major vehicle accident
how to keep homes and families safe                                                     Forces Command Center stating a vehi-              A 21st Security Forces patrol
                                             way to avoid tripping over them. Don’t
during the holiday season.                                                              cle belonging to a military member had       responded to an accident on Peterson
                                             run cords under rugs or through door-
      First, select a fresh tree; the main                                              been involved in a hit-and-run accident      Boulevard and Otis Street. One vehicle
                                             ways or windows as the insulation
way to determine this is by the color.                                                  off-base. The owner of the vehicle was       ran a red light and hit another vehicle.
                                             and wires can be damaged, creating                                                      There were no injuries reported as a
The greener the tree, the fresher it is.                                                on leave and another military member
Pine and spruce needles should bend          a fire risk.                                                                            result of the accident. One of the vehi-
                                                    Use a step stool or ladder to       was using the vehicle. That person was
but not break and should be hard to                                                     later taken into custody by a security       cles involved was disabled and had to be
pull off the branches. Fir needles           reach high places. Climbing on a sofa                                                   towed. The CSPD was notified and sent
                                                                                        forces team and transported to the secu-
pulled from a fresh tree will snap           or using a bookcase is dangerous.                                                       a patrol in response. The driver of the
                                                                                        rity forces building. A CSPD team
when bent, much like a fresh carrot.         Remember to turn tree lights off when                                                   first vehicle was issued a citation for
                                                                                        arrived, took the suspect into custody and
For all trees, look for a sappy trunk.       going to bed or leaving the house.         issued him a summons for striking an         running a red light. Maintain vigilance
      Cut off about two inches from                 Never place lit candles near a      unattended vehicle and careless driving.     when driving. A moment’s inattention
the trunk and put the tree in a sturdy,      tree or any flammable materials.                                                        can cause an accident.
water-holding stand. Keep the stand                 Avoid placing breakable tree        Hit and run
filled with water. Water slows the           ornaments or ones with small, detach-            A civilian called the 21st Security    Private property damage
tree’s drying process.                                                                  Forces Squadron to report a hit and run            A 21st Security Forces team mem-
                                             able parts on lower branches where
      Place trees away from fireplaces,                                                 in the commissary parking lot.               ber was dispatched to the education cen-
                                             small children or pets can reach them.
radiators and other heat sources. Make                                                  Patrolmen initiated a stop, check and        ter for a possible hit-and-run accident.
                                                    After the holidays are done and
sure the tree doesn’t block foot traffic                                                pass procedure at all gates and initiated    The owner of the vehicle said he noticed
                                             the tree starts to drop needles, dispose                                                damage on his vehicle that was not there
or doorways.                                                                            sector searches for the vehicle involved
                                             of it. Don’t keep it in the house or                                                    when he parked the car. The damage con-
      When deciding on an artificial                                                    in the hit and run accident. The driver
                                             temporarily store in a garage. When it                                                  sisted of a two-foot dent in the driver’s
tree, choose one that is tested and                                                     was stopped at the gate and escorted to
labeled as fire-resistant. Artificial        starts dying, it becomes a fire hazard.    the security forces building. The driver     side door. Security forces patrolmen ver-
trees with built-in electrical systems              When getting rid of the tree,       stated he was aware of hitting the vehi-     ified the damage and took photos for a
should have an Underwriters                  keep in mind that the Rocky Top            cle but assumed there was no damage.         report. There are no witnesses or sus-
Laboratory label.                            Resources Inc. offers numerous drop-       He was issued a citation for careless        pects at this time. People should use the
      When decorating the tree, keep         off locations for recycling.               driving. Leaving the scene of an acci-       Air Force core value, Integrity First, and
in mind that there are added potential              For information, call the safety    dent is a crime. When involved in an         contact security forces if they accidental-
hazards.                                     office at 556-4392.                        accident, call the Law Enforcement           ly damage another person’s property.
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                                                            CROSSWORD PUZZLE
                                                                             18. Unit of work                       6. Dined
        Honoring the USMC                                                    20. Compounds containing potassi-
                                                                             um; used as fertilizers
                                                                                                                    7. Fix a shoe
                                                                                                                    8. USMC PFC Oscar P. ____; MoH
                          Answers on Page 14                                 22. Functioning                        recipient (Vietnam)
                                                                             24. Overused expressions               9. Snare
                                                                             26. USMC SSgt. Ambrosia ____; MoH      10. USMC enlisted rank
                                                                             recipient (Korea)                      11. Ryan and Ed
                                                                             27. Tolkien character                  12. Bundles of fibers made of neurons
                                                                             28. Girl’s toy                         15. Item scanned at store, in short
                                                                             30. Scottish girl
                                                                                                                    19. USMC officer rank
                                                                             31. USMC SgtMaj Lewis G. _; 13th
                                                                                                                    21. Perform
                                                                             SgtMajMC
                                                                                                                    23. Mil. pay during PCS
                                                                             32. Boring
                                                                             36. Charged particles                  25. Dense
                                                                             38. Time part, in short                26. USMC Col. John H. ____; first
                                                                             41. USMC MGySgt Leland “Lou”___;       American to orbit Earth
                                                                             “Marine’s Marine” icon                 29. Zodiac sign
                                                                             43. USMC Maj. Gen. Wendell C. ___;     32. Ecosystems
                                                                             5th Commandant of the USMC             33. Dog star
                                                                             46. Without cash, words heard in       34. MDs’ professional org.
                                                                             stores                                 35. USMC Gen. Thomas ___; 17th
                                                                             47. Sword                              Commandant of the USMC
                                                                             48. Former Austrian currency code      37. Installments
                                                                             49. NBC rival                          38. Drink slowly
                                                                             51. Demeanor                           39. Struck out
                                                                             52. Group on Law & Order               40. Erases
                                                                             53. Ventilate                          41. Cell material
                                                                             55. More hesitant                      42. Astronomer’s sight
                                                                             57. Respectable                        44. USMC Col. Jay R. ____; MoH
                                                                             58. Gazelle relatives
                                                                                                                    recipient (Vietnam)
                                                                             59. Shaq’s org.
                                                                                                                    45. Places for MDs
                                                                             60. Mil. identification
                                                                                                                    50. Pig’s place
                                                                             DOWN
ACROSS                                  13. Card game                                                               51. USMC Col. Gregory “Pappy”
                                                                             1. Oklahoma airport, in code
1. Sphere                               14. Gen. Wallace M. ___, Jr.; 23rd   2. Discuss again                       Boyington was one
4. Scout’s group, in short              Commandant of the USMC               3. Delivered, as in a child            54. Cartoon ___ & Stimpy
7. Collect, as in poker winnings (two   15. USN ship starters                4. Dresser                             56. Hostel
words)                                  16. MCI competitor                   5. Item to reproduce pattern on sur-       (Courtesy of Alaskan
10. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Don   17. Countdown starter                face beneath                           Command Public Affairs)
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                                                                                    NEWS
                                                                                                                                                Thursday, December 1, 2005
www.peterson.af.mil


NORAD kicks off 50th
year of tracking Santa
    Partnership with Citadel Mall creates Santa
                 Tracking Village
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Gail                          “For the first time, we were part
Braymen                                       of the Holiday Lighting Extravaganza
NORAD Public Affairs                          in     Pueblo,      Colorado       Friday,”
                                              Lieutenant Vazquez said. “We are
      As the 21st Space Wing joins the        tracking Santa from the North Pole to
world in celebrating “50 Years in             Pueblo.
Space,” children around the world can                “Sunday was our first time in the
rejoice as North American Aerospace           Hollywood Christmas Parade, which
Defense Command celebrates 50 years           was broadcast live over the Tribune
of tracking Santa.                            Network to three-million people,”
      Military operators in the Contin-       Lieutenant Vazquez said.
ental Air Defense Command, predeces-                 “We had four members of
sor to NORAD, tracked Santa Claus’            NORAD along with a military vehicle
                                              that represented the NORAD Tracks                                                                                Photo by Tom Kimmell
Christmas Eve journey for the first
                                                                                            Canadian Lt. Gen. Rick Findley, North American Aerospace Defense
time in 1955. Fifty years later, opera-       Santa program participating in the
                                                                                            Command deputy commander, and Robert Taylor, senior property manager at
tors are still carrying news to the           parade,” said Master Sgt. John                Citadel Mall, perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting during the Nov. 18 launch
world of Santa’s journey around the           Tomassi, Santa Tracking Operations            of Citadel Mall’s Santa Tracking Station.
world.                                        co-director.
      “December 25, we will have the                 “We will also be in the Festival of    number was misprinted and, instead of      NORAD was formed and took over
first-ever Citadel Mall Santa Tracking        Lights Parade Saturday in Colorado            reaching Santa, youngsters found           Santa-tracking duties.
Village,” said 1st Lt. Jody Vazquez, co-      Springs,” Lieutenant Vazquez said.            themselves talking with Air Force Col.           NORAD has continued the Santa
director of Santa Tracking Operations.        “It’s the first time we’ll be participating   Harry Shoup of the Continental Air         tracking tradition for several reasons,
“We worked in partnership with the            in this great community event.”               Defense Command at Cheyenne                according to Sergeant Tomassi.
Citadel Mall (in Colorado Springs)                   The tradition of tracking Santa        Mountain Air Force Station.                      “I think in the initial stages, in the
where they created a massive village          began in 1955, when a local Sears,                  Rather than hanging up, Colonel      ‘50s and ‘60s, it was just a novelty kind
that includes a 25-foot-tall tree. The dis-   Roebuck and Co. store ran a newspaper         Shoup and his troops answered every        of thing,” he said. “A lot of people – chil-
play also has a tracking map as well as a     ad urging children to make a phone call       child’s call that night with a report of   dren and their families – do this tracking
viewfinder where children can watch a         on Christmas Eve and talk to Santa            Santa’s location. CONAD personnel          Santa as a tradition in their family.
‘NORAD Tracks Santa’ video.”                  Claus. As fate would have it, the phone       kept up the practice until 1958, when                          See Santa, Page 14
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                                                                                  NEWS

                                             Warfare garments evolve
                   Battle Dress Over-garment                                                         Chemical Protective Over-garment
Head - The hel-                      Hood - The           General characteristics:                                                      General Characteristics: The CPO is a
                                                                                         Hood - Fits
met protects the                     hood is rubber       The BDO is a two-piece,                                                       two-piece permeable material garment
                                                                                         over the
wearer's head                        and lies over the    permeable, water-repel-                                                       worn as a protective over-garment. It
                                                                                         rubber
from fragmenta-                      shoulders, con-      lant suit worn as an over-                                                    does not have a charcoal-laden liner
                                                                                         mask, cre-
tion including                       nected by a          garment. The inner layer                                                      and is good for up to 45 days.
                                                                                         ates a seal
bullets and                          strap under          is charcoal-laden. This        around the
explosives.                          each arm pit.        old-style suit lasts 72        mask.                                                      Mask (MCU2AP) -
                                                          hours once removed from
                                                                                                                                                    Similar to the MCU2P,
                                                          the packaging.
                                                                                                                                                    but has a micmitter for
                                                                                                                                                    communication
                                                      Gas Mask (MCU2P) -
                                                                                                                                                    hookups. There is no
                                                      Prevents inhalation of radio-
                                                                                                                                                    rubber overlay. The
                                                      logical particles, chemical
                                                                                                                                                    mask is suitable for
                                                      and biological agents. The
                                                                                                                                                    protection.
                                                      mask is under the rubber
                                                      overlay on the BDO.
                                                                                                                                                  MK-1 Auto injector kits -
                                                                                                                                                  Located in the carrying case. Only
                                                              M9 tape - This is                                                                   to be used when affected by nerve
                                                              used to detect poten-                                                               agents. Atropine counteracts
                                                              tial NBC contamina-                                                                 nerve agents by affecting the cen-
                                                              tion on the suit.                                                                   tral nervous system, closing all
                                                                                                                                                  synapse gaps in the human nerv-
                                                                                                                                                  ous system. Nerve agents will
Gloves -                                                                                                                                          continue to attack the CNS until
External                                                                                                                                          removed from the environment.
rubber and                                                                                                                                        Those who use the three-stage
durable.                                                                                                                                          auto injectors must immediately
Cloth                                                                                                                                             put on their NBC suit to negate
                                               Canteen and web belt - Worn                                                                        the effect.
inserts also
                                               around the waist with several
aid in the
                                               essential parts: the MCU2P mask,
protection                                                                                                                                           Trousers - CPO adjusts to
                                               waterproofing bag, inspection
of the                                                                                                                                               shoulders and legs. They
                                               card, MK-1 auto injector kit and
wearer.                                                                                                                                              have a bell-bottom shape
                                               canteen.
                                                                                                                                                     making the trousers easier
                                                                                                                                                     to put on compared to the
                                           Boots - Made from durable butyl rubber,                                                                   BDO. Suspenders prevent
                                           they protect the user from absorbing                                                                      the CPO trousers from
                                           NBC agents.                                                                                               falling off.

                                                                                                              Information compiled by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Meier, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs



Santa, from Page 13                                      and 35,000 e-mails from children around the
                                                         world. During the month of December, the                                  Answers from Page 10
      “We’ve recognized now that people have             NORAD Tracks Santa Web site had 912-million
made this program into a tradition, and what we          hits from 181 countries.
can do is educate them. We do track Santa; how-                About 500 volunteers – most of them U.S.
ever, we do provide for the defense of the North         and Canadian military servicemembers and their
American aerospace also. We use the satellites to        families – will report for telephone-answering
track Santa, we use the radar, we use jet fighters,      duty on Christmas Eve. But already, children are
but all of those exact same things are what we use       sending messages to Santa via the NORAD
to monitor the aerospace of North America.”              Tracks Santa Web site.
      While youngsters are tracking Santa’s                    “E-mails are arriving from India and Ireland
flight, they may also learn a thing or two about         and all over the world already from children with
the world around them.                                   their wish lists who want to talk to Santa,”
      “We think of it as a geography lesson,”            Sergeant Tomassi said. “We receive, on average,
Tomassi said, “because the different places Santa        200 e-mails a day.”
visits or sightings that we have, a lot of people              NORAD Tracks Santa volunteers will answer
haven’t heard of. If we can get some children to go      calls from 2 a.m. Mountain Standard Time Dec. 24
and look at a map to find out where Timbuktu is,         to 2 a.m. MST Dec. 25 at (877) HiNORAD or
or where India is, or Pakistan, or wherever, then        (877) 446-6723, toll-free in the United States; or
we feel all the better for that.”                        474-2111. The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site,
      Last Christmas Eve, volunteers at Cheyenne         available in six languages, www.noradsanta.org,
Mountain answered nearly 55,000 phone calls              will go completely live Nov. 25.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Local military give thousands of reasons to smile
                                                                                                                                                                                                   By Jeff Bohn                                   volunteers who drove a total of 450 hours to    centers and after-school day-care pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   21st Space Wing Public Affairs                 gather donated food from more than 110          grams. Church food pantries also benefit,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  area schools. The food gathered will convert    allowing church members to reach out to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Local military volunteers gathered       to 400-thousand individual meals through-       people in need.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   nearly half-a-million pounds of food during    out the year.                                         People can continue public support to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Harvest of Love food drive for Southern          “I cannot express enough thanks to the    Care and Share through donations and vol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Colorado’s food pantries Nov. 14 to 18.        military volunteers, we just couldn’t do it     unteering throughout the year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Team Pete members played a large role in       without them,” said Heather Martin,                   “People can continue to donate food
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the endeavor.                                  Colorado’s Care and Share development           and time, because hunger doesn’t take a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         “It was great to see people come         manager. “The sheer enthusiasm and effi-        vacation,” Ms. Martin said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   together to help others,” said Tech Sgt.       ciency reflects greatly upon each of them             “It was, without a doubt, the biggest
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Casey McDade, 21st Communications              and as an organization.”                        and best volunteer effort I’ve been a part of,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Squadron, and Peterson’s lead coordinator            The fall is Care and Share’s busiest      Sergeant McDade said. “It was heartwarm-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   for the Harvest of Love warehouse opera-       time of year in terms of items received and     ing to see many schools bring their own food
                                                                                                                                                                                                   tion. “I think it’s an incredible statement    distributed. Other than the school food         in for us to sort. It makes it worthwhile to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   about the desire people in our military com-   drives, there are also corporate food drives,   participate in a combined effort where peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   munity have toward helping our neighbors in    a turkey drive and community solicitation       ple come together. We’re right in the heart
                                                                                                                                                                                                   southern Colorado.”                            for the holiday seasons.                        of the holidays, so it fits right in with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         More than 300 volunteers from                  “The demand for food is higher than       season of giving.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases and     ever,” Ms. Martin said. “Our agencies are             For information on volunteer assis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station            having a harder time keeping food on the        tance, call Cora Simpich at 528-1247;
                                                                                                                                                                                                   donated 1,232 hours at the packing ware-       shelves. By these military volunteers help-     and for information on how to conduct
                                                                                                                                                                                                   house. The volunteers received, sorted and     ing stock Care and Share food banks, they       a food drive, call Heather Martin at the
                                                                                                                                                             Photos by Tech. Sgt. Matt Gilreath
                                                                                                                                                                                                   packaged food. There were an additional 56     are going to be able to help senior service     same number.
           Staff Sgt. Amber Milliorn, 21st Medical Support Squadron pharmacy technician, loads boxes of food into larger boxes to be taken into the Care and Share warehouse for
           sorting Nov. 15. More than 300 volunteers from Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station were part of Harvest of Love efforts.




Staff Sgt. Donald Hendrix, 21st Space Communications Squadron communications            Local military volunteers pack boxes with a variety of food to make up family-size meals at the
and maintenance control center technician, wraps up a completed pallet of family-size   Care and Share warehouse during the Harvest of Love food drive. Military volunteers donated
meals at the Care and Share Warehouse. Local military volunteers gathered nearly        1,232 hours at the packing warehouse Nov. 14 through 18.
half-a-million pounds of food during the Harvest of Love food drive Nov. 14 to 18.




                                                                                                                                                                                                  Staff Sgt. Terrence Brown, 21st SCS tech controller, and Staff Sgt. Shannon Pontzius, 21st Medical Group assistant NCO in charge
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of pediatrics clinic, gather donated turkeys at the Care and Share warehouse. About 40 turkeys were delivered to the warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                  during the Harvest of Love food drive.
                                                                                                                                                                December 2005


Membership plan takes
flight at Silver Spruce
By Margie Arnold                             can work on their long shots on the
21st Services Squadron Marketing             driving range with one free bucket of
                                             balls per month.
      The Silver Spruce Golf Course                 E-mail club – Sign up to be on
offers players challenging fairways,         Silver Spruce’s e-mail list and get word
well-manicured greens, quiet putting         early on special savings and events at
greens, sand traps and a driving range.      the golf course.
Soon, the staff will add more reasons               In addition to these membership
to play by way of offering course            benefits, golfers will also have the
memberships.                                 opportunity to improve any aspect of
      Beginning Jan. 1, a new golf           their game. Professional golf instruc-
membership plan will take flight at          tors, Larry Mullis and Jack O’Brien,
Silver Spruce Golf Course.                                offer individual and group
      Prior to this                                             golf lessons. Golf pro-
change, annual dues                                               grams, such as “Link
covered only green                                                 Up to Golf ” for
                                                                                                                                                                        Courtesy photo
fees. Now member-                                                  adults and Golf-4-
                                                                                           Derek Robinson prepares to demonstrate the accuracy of his shot with a fast
ship fees, paid on an                                              Kids for children,      one right between the legs of the brave man poised against the wall.
annual basis, will give                                          provide an introduc-
golfers more swing for
their buck.
      The membership at Silver Spruce
                                                       prices.
                                                              tion to the game at low

                                                    The golf course is conjoined with
                                                                                           Gold medalist holds
Golf Course offers:
      Members-only partnerships – A
Silver Spruce Golf Course membership
                                             the 19th Hole Grill, which features
                                             informal breakfast and lunch menus
                                             and a panoramic view of Cheyenne
                                                                                           free racquetball clinic
will be honored as a course member-          Mountain and Colorado Springs. The            By Margie Arnold
ship at other select golf courses in the     grill, along with the more private tour-      21st Services Squadron Marketing
Pikes Peak region.                           nament room, are available for special
      Three for free – Members can           functions.                                          One of the top-six-ranked players on the men’s professional racquetball tour
invite three golfers to be his or her               Special order golf clubs, custom       will conduct a racquetball clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at courts 5 and 6
guest at Silver Spruce and golf 18           golf clubs, headwear, footwear, shirts,
                                                                                           in the Sports and Fitness Center here.
holes for free with no green fees or         jackets and a variety of golf accessories
                                                                                                 He will hold clinics here and at Buckley Air Force Base, located in Denver,
cart fees. This one-time invitation for      are available year-round at the Pro
                                                                                           before Derek Robinson’s road show to Washington.
guests of a Silver Spruce member is a        Shop.
                                                                                                 “I am really looking forward to visiting Peterson for the first time,” Mr.
way to introduce them to the enjoyment              Membership fees, based on a cal-
                                                                                           Robinson said. “If you’ve never seen a racquetball hit at over 180 miles per hour,
of the course in the hope that they, too,    endar year, are due Jan. 31 for previous
                                                                                           don’t miss this event.”
will become members of Silver Spruce         members. Fees will be pro-rated for new
                                             members per month. Members also have                Mister Robinson won the gold medal at the 1994 Olympic Festival,
Golf Course.
                                             the option of paying for their member-        was on the U.S. team that took “the gold” at the 1995 World Championships
      Members-only discounts –
                                             ship in a lump sum or by making               and Pan American Games, and took home the gold medal at the National
Purchases from the Pro Shop, totaling
                                             monthly payments by using a club card.        Doubles Championships and the bronze medal at the National Singles
$75 or more, are eligible for a mem-
                                                    For information about Silver           Championships in 1996.
bers-only discount.
      Savings on tournament packages         Spruce’s new membership benefits, call              A teacher and clinician, he conducts 75 exhibitions and clinics a year. He
– Members will receive special savings       Don Bernal, Silver Spruce Golf Course         raises thousands of dollars annually for junior racquetball organizations in
on packages for tournaments held at          manager, at 556-4558 or Larry Mullis,         more than 40 states.
Silver Spruce.                               Silver Spruce Golf Course operations                Attendance is free and open to all who have base access. Limited seating
      Free bucket of balls – Members         assistant, at 556-4463.                       is available for spectators. For information, contact Tamra Davis at 556-1515.



                                   Services squadron offers holiday deals
      The Peterson Community Activities Center has tickets to holiday shows,               rials depend on students’ choice of mat and frame. Classes are held Wednesdays
SnoFest!!! parties, ski resorts, and more.                                                 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. For information or to register,
      For all offices on base, the CAC is holding its annual Holiday Door                  call 556-1732.
Decorating Contest. Entries are due Monday. The judging will take place Dec. 9.                   Stained Glass Classes – Classes cost $40 and include instruction and mate-
The winner will receive an office party for Dec. 16. For information, call 556-1733        rials. Evening and day classes are available. For information, call Patty at 556-1732.
or 556-1760.                                                                                      SnoFest!!! Parties – Tickets for the SnoFest!!! After-ski parties at Keystone
      Holiday events in the Pikes Peak region offer something for everyone. Tickets        Resort are on sale. The cost is $13 per night. Seating is limited and parties do
and information for all are available at the CAC. They include:                            sell out.
      Babes in Toyland, showing at Arnold Hall, located at the U.S. Air Force                     SnoFest!!! lift tickets – tickets for the lifts at Keystone are sale now. Adult lift
Academy, Dec. 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Prices are $30 for adults, and $12 for                 tickets purchased through the 21st SVS cost $34 and children’s SnoFest!!! lift tick-
children.                                                                                  ets are $22.
      Spirit of Christmas, showing at Arnold Hall at the USAFA, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.                 Liberty Pass – This season pass can be used for the lifts at Keystone Resort
The cost is $41.                                                                           and Arapahoe Basin. Adult passes purchased through the 21st SVS $129 and $79
      Star Spangled Celebration, a show full of highlights from Broadway’s shows           for children.
Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Chicago, Chorus Line, Cata, Mamma Mia, Les                         Monarch Season Pass – Season passes for Monarch are available through the
Miserables, 42nd Street and more. Showing at Arnold Hall located at the USAFA,             21st SVS at the cost of $99 for adults and $69 for children.
March 5 at 2 p.m. The cost is $42.                                                                The Community Activities Center is located in Building 640. The center’s
      Basic, intermediate and advanced frame classes. Levels of the classes are            hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from
based on students’ skills. Class fees start at $25 for basic instruction. Price of mate-   10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For tickets, call 556-1760; for classes, call 556-1732.
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                                                                                  SERVICES

Services successfully completes inspection
By Margie Arnold                                   the Air Force Services Agency Family       staff-child interactions, curriculum,       her job to the best of their ability, the
21st Services Squadron Marketing                   Member Programs staff. It is required      classroom environments and parent           children and youth wouldn’t receive the
                                                   by the Military Child Care Act of 1996     partnerships.                               outstanding care and environments they
      The 21st Services Squadron’s                 and is an important part of the process          “The success of the inspection is     have here every day.”
child development centers, youth center            to ensure programs maintain certifica-     due to the hard work and dedication of            For information, call the R.P.
and family child care programs recently            tion by the Department of Defense.         all of the staff and providers who work     Lee Youth Center at 556-7220, the
underwent an unannounced, annual                         “All programs did very well,” said   within the Family Member Programs           Family Child Care office at 556-4322
inspection.                                        Toni Hansen, chief of Family Member        flight.                                     or the Child Development Center at
      The inspection was conducted by              Support flight. “Strengths included              “Without each person doing his or     554-9572.



                       Ski, snowboard trips                                                   Homebrewers invited to
                December
          10 - Copper Mountain
                                                                8 – Monarch
                                                             14 – Breckenridge
                                                                                              Peterson’s first brew fest
                 11 - Vail                                                                    By Margie Arnold                            also sample local and regional com-
                                                              15 – Ski Cooper
                 17 - Vail                                                                    21st Services Squadron Marketing            mercial microbrews. The first 150
                                                             16 – Beaver Creek                                                            guests attending will get a free, com-
             18 - Ski Cooper
                                                          21 – Copper Mountain                      Homebrewers can brew a batch or       memorative beer glass. There will also
                  January                                      22 – Keystone                  two of their favorite suds for Peterson     be drawings for prizes.
                7 – Keystone                          27-29 – Keystone (SnoFest!!!)           Air Force Base’s first homebrew fest              Guests can sample the beer, or sip
                                                                                              Jan. 20.                                    wine, savor hors d’oeuvres, enjoy live
                                                                                                    This sanctioned competition,          rock music and vote for their favorite
                                                                                              judged by the American Homebrewers          beer. The event will run from 4:30 to 10
                                                                                              Association, will feature homebrews in      p.m. here in the Officers Club ballroom.
                                                                                              five categories: pilsner; stout; India            Homebrewers can pick up appli-
                                                                                              pale ale; German wheat and rye beers;       cations at the Officers Club.
                                                                                              and spice/herb/vegetable beers. Awards      Applications must be submitted by
                                                                                              will go to the top three in each catego-    Dec. 22. Interested homebrewers can
                                                                                              ry. There will be an award for the top      contact Curtis Clayton at 574-4100 for
                                                                                              beer in show, determined by judges,         details.
                                                                                              and an award for the crowd favorite,              The entry fee is $5 for participat-
                                                                                              determined by crowd votes.                  ing homebrewers; fest admission for
                                                                                                    In addition to sampling the home-     guests is $8 for club members and $12
                                                                                              brews in the competition, guests can        non-members.

                           Photo by James Lovely                                                  Services Briefs                         Clubs host holiday events
 A snowboarder competes in the                                                                                                                  The enlisted and officers clubs
 Commander’s Cup race at SnoFest!!!
                                                                                               Hunting trips                              here will hold celebrations for the hol-
                                                                                                     The 21st Services Squadron is        iday season. The events are open to
    Trips leave at 6 a.m. from outdoor             $100 and one week’s notice.                 sponsoring muzzle-loading big-game         everyone, however, club members will
 recreation and leave the ski areas                For information, call outdoor recre-
                                                                                               hunt camps Dec. 8 through 12 and           receive savings and benefits. For
 at 4 p.m. to return at 7 p.m. to                  ation at 556-4867.
                                                                                               Dec. 15 through 19. The cost is $525       information or to become a member,
 Peterson.
                                                                                               per trip. This five-day hunt involves      call the Enlisted Club at 556-4194 or
    Cost of transportation is $15 per
 person.
                                                   Ski lessons at Monarch                      camping in Nebraska for muzzle-load-       the Officers Club at 556-4181.
                                                   Dec. 4 - Jan. 8 - Feb. 5 - March 5          ing hunts. Both trips have the same
    Ranks E-3 and below receive a 50
                                                   Outdoor recreation staff members            itinerary. They will depart at 7 a.m.
                                                                                                                                          Holiday Buffet
 percent discount off equipment
                                                   offer packages at Monarch Resort                                                             The Enlisted Club is hosting a
 rentals when they sign up for ski                                                             and arrive in Ogallala, Neb., at 11 a.m.
                                                   including private lessons, semi-pri-                                                   buffet dinner for the holiday season
 trips with Outdoor Recreation.                    vate lessons or lessons for groups,         on the first day of the trip. After
    Trip registration closes the Friday                                                        obtaining lodging and deer hunting         from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The cost
                                                   children, adults, women and fami-
 prior to the trip.                                                                            permits, the hunting begins. The group     is $5.95 for members, $2.50 for mem-
                                                   lies. Staff members will take stu-
    Services sells discounted lift tick-           dents roundtrip to Monarch for $15.         will return to Peterson AFB at about 7     bers’ children ages 6 to12; $8.95 for
 ets.                                              Equipment rental and lesson fees            p.m. the final day. The cost includes      non-members, $5.50 for non-mem-
    Children 17 years old and                      are at an additional cost. The                                                         bers’ children ages 6 to 12; and chil-
                                                                                               transportation, assistance obtaining
 younger must be accompanied by a                  groups depart at 5:30 a.m. and                                                         dren under 5 years of age eat free.
                                                                                               hunting permit, lodging, all meals and
 parent or guardian.                               return 5:30 p.m. Children must be
    A minimum of five people are                   accompanied by an adult. Each trip
                                                                                               care of all game from the field back to    Membership Holiday Brunch
 required for each trip.                           requires a minimum of four paying           Peterson AFB. The fee does not                  The Officers Club will host a
    Group trips are available on                   customers. For information, call            include the hunting permit fee or any      holiday feast and other traditional
 request. They require five people or              Outdoor Recreation at 556-4867.             gratuities. Each trip requires a mini-     brunch favorites from 10 a.m. to 1:30
                                                                                               mum of four people, ages 14 or older.      p.m. Dec. 18. The cost is $15.95 for
                                                                                               A pre-trip meeting is scheduled for 5      club members and $17.95 for non-
                                                   640, 556-1760, and at Outdoor               p.m. the Tuesday prior to both trips.      club members. For information or to
                                                   Recreation, Bldg. 675, 556-4867.            For information, call Outdoor              make reservations, call 574-4100.
                                                        Equipment Rentals: Rent the ski        Recreation at 556-4867.
                                                   or snowboard equipment from Outdoor               The 21st Services Squadron is        New Year’s Eve Gala
      The down and dirty on SnoFest!!!                                                         sponsoring “Pheasant Hunting in                  The Officers Club will hold a
                                                   Recreation for half price. Located in
      When: Jan. 27 to 29, 2006                                                                Colorado” trips Dec. 23 and Jan. 14.       New Year’s party starting 6 p.m. Dec.
                                                   building 675, 556-4867.
      Where: Keystone Resort.                                                                  The cost is $125 per person. The trip,     31. There will be dinner featuring a
                                                        NASTAR Races: Registration
      Lodging: For lodging at                                                                  near Peterson Air Force Base, lasts        trio of petite beef Wellington, lobster
                                                   deadline is Jan. 20, 2006. Get race                                                    medallion and chicken Navarte; clas-
Keystone Resort, call (800) 258-0437                                                           from 7 a.m. to noon. No hunting per-
                                                   information from: keith.henderson@          mits are required; however, some par-      sic dance music performed by Felix
and mention Peterson AFB and the
                                                   peterson.af.mil.                            ticipants are required to have hunter      Roldan; and a champagne toast at
group code GV7FEST. For lodging
near Keystone, call Colorado R&R at                     Cardboard Derby: Call Vicky            education cards based on age. The fee      midnight followed by a light breakfast.
(719) 333-7367.                                    Peterson at 554-3485 for information.       for the trip includes transportation, a    Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The
      Lift Tickets: Specially discount-                 Party Tickets: Going fast! Call        five-bird limit, care of game, guides      cost is $40 per person. Reservations
ed lift tickets are available at the               the CAC at 556-1760 to see if they          and dogs. For information, call            are required. For information or to
Community Activities Center, Bldg.                 have any left.                              Outdoor Recreation at 556-4867.            make reservations, call 574-4100.
                                                                                                                   SPACE OBSERVER
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www.peterson.af.mil                                          AROUND PETE
                                        Friday, December 2          Saturday, December 3            Tuesday, December 6




  oteworthy
                                         21st Space Wing          Deployed Spouses Dinner          Guardian Challenge


n        To submit information
     for the base calendar, e-mail
                                          Holiday Party
                                          6 p.m. E-club
                                                                    and 21 Space Wing
                                                                   Holiday Tree Lighting
                                                                    4 p.m. Base Chapel
                                                                                                       Bowl-a-Thon
                                                                                                      Noon - 2 p.m.
                                                                                                 Peterson Bowling Center
   space.observer@peterson.af.mil
                                        Friday, December 9           Friday, December 23            Monday, December 26

  December is Drunk                  Festival of Lights Parade            Air Force Space             Air Force Space
and Drugged Driving                  5:30 - 7 p.m. downtown                 Command                     Command
  Prevention month                      Colorado Springs                    Family Day                  Family Day


   21st Space                                    Friday, Dec. 2
                                                                                        O-4 and below $17 member/$20 non
                                                                                        O-5 and above $20
                                                 6:30 p.m. Social Hour
     Wing                                        7:00 p.m. Dinner
                                                                                        GS - 7 and below $10 member/$13 non
                                                                                        GS - 8-12 $17 member/$20 non

    Holiday
                                                 Peterson Enlisted Club
                                                                                        GS - 13 and above $20
                                                 Dress: Beach Casual
                                                                                        For information, call 1st Lieutenant
     Party                                       E-5 and below $10 mbr/$13 non
                                                 E-6 and above $17 mbr/$20 non
                                                                                        Rickmon at 556-4864
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22   Thursday, December 1, 2005
                                  FEATURE

                                                                  Sergeant Hazard
                                                                  strikes again
                                                                  Find the five safety hazards that could lead to
                                                                  a mishap. The first five individuals to contact
                                                                  the 21st Space Wing Safety Office at 556-6781
                                                                  or 556-4392, with the correct response will win
                                                                  a prize.

                                                                  Regardless of the activity going on or the loca-
                                                                  tion, the 21st SW Safety Office staff urges all
                                                                  Team Pete members to practice Operational
                                                                  Risk Management by: identifying the hazards,
                                                                  assessing the risk, analyzing control meas-
                                                                  ures, making control decisions, implementing
                                                                  supervising and reviewing.




                                            Photo by Jeff Adcox
                                                                                                                                                     SPACE OBSERVER
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www.peterson.af.mil                                                      HAPPENINGS




Arnold Hall Theater begins                                Dec. 12 to 14 at Glen Eyrie Castle, located at 3820       Nutcracker collection
                                                          N. 30th St.
concert series                                                                                                      arrives for Christmas
                                                                “The Christmas Madrigal” festival takes place
      The Air Force Academy concert series staff          from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday,                 Pueblo’s Buell Children’s Museum will show
presents “Babes in Toyland,” Dec.10; “Broadway’s          Dec. 8 to 10, 15 to 17 and 19 to 21. For information,     “Everything Nutcracker” Saturday to Dec. 31. The
Spirit of Christmas,” Dec.18; “Star Spangled              call 272-7460 or visit to www.GlenEyrie Group.org.        museum also has an enormous collection of nutcrack-
Celebration,” March 5; and “Mannheim Steam-                                                                         ers on display. Whimsical nutcrackers created by
roller,” April 27. For tickets, call 333-4497. All per-   Ski resort staff offers pass                              local artists are on display as well as a gingerbread
formances are in Arnold Hall Theater.                     discounts for military                                    land with sugar plums, candy canes and gumdrops.
Andy Warhol exhibit on display                                  Keystone Resort staff is offering a discounted      Children can create paper gingerbread men and dress
                                                          season pass for servicemembers. The Liberty Pass          up as characters from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker
      “Andy Warhol’s Dream America” exhibit is on                                                                   Ballet or visit the enchanted forest. Mrs. Santa Claus
display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through             costs $129 and is good throughout the 2005 to 2006
                                                          season. Active-duty and reserve servicemembers must       will be in the museum from noon to 2 p.m. the first
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday                                                                 three Saturdays in December. Buell Children’s
and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31. The         present military identification cards at the Keystone
                                                          Resort season pass office for their discount.             Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays
exhibit is located at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts                                                                through Saturdays. It is located at 210 N. Santa Fe
Center, 30 W. Dale St. Admission to the exhibit is        Dependants are also eligible. Children 12 years and
                                                          under are eligible for a $79 Liberty Pass.                Ave in Pueblo. Visitors traveling south on Interstate
$10 for adults and free for fine arts center members.
                                                                For information, call (800) 322-9498.               25 should take Exit 98b.
Nutcracker ballet comes to Pueblo                                                                                   Pioneers Museum staff serves
                                                          SnoFest!!! on horizon
      The Sangre de Cristo Ballet performers will                                                                   up lunch exhibit
present “The Nutcracker” Dec. 9, 10 and 11, at the              SnoFest!!! 2006 will be Jan. 27 through 29. It’s
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater in Pueblo, Colo.     not too early to make plans for this annual winter             “Lunch Box Memories,” is a traveling exhibit
For ticket information, call (719) 295-7200.              event for Air Force members. Special snow events          from the Smithsonian, which will be in the Pioneers
                                                          will be held and limited discount lodging is available.   Museum through Jan. 8. It is a collection of 64 rare
Christmas events coming soon                              For information, call the Peterson Leisure and Travel     metal lunch boxes. The museum, located at 215 S.
     The medieval festival “Everyman’s Revels” is         Office at 556-1760 or log on to the SnoFest!!! Web        Tejon, in Colorado Springs is free and open Tuesdays
from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and          site at www.usafaservices.com/snofest.htm.                through Saturdays.


                                     Chiropractic Therapy now available
                                            Now available to ACTIVE DUTY at the                                     Center, by Physical Therapy
                                                          10th Medical Group                                             (not in hospital)
                                                                                                                     Provided On-Base ONLY
                                           ACTIVE DUTY ONLY (Includes Cadets)
                                                                                                                      (not a Tri-Care benefit)
                                                    You DO NOT need a referral
                                                                                                                        For information or an
                                             Access by Calling our Clinic Directly                                        appointment, call
                                             Located at the Academy Community                                                 333-5582.
       SPACE OBSERVER
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Holiday hours for 21st Space Wing Services Squadron activities
     Activity             Dec. 23             Dec. 24           Christmas          Dec. 26              Dec. 30             New Year's Eve         New Year's       Jan. 2 Federal
                       AFSPC Family        Christmas Eve                        Federal Holiday      AFSPC Family                                    Day               Holiday
                           Day                                                                           Day

Aragon Dining
Facility
  - Breakfast          5:30 - 8 a.m.        5:30 - 8 a.m.     6 a.m. - 1 p.m.   6 a.m. - 1 p.m.      5:30 - 8 a.m.           5:30 - 8 a.m.        6 a.m. - 1 p.m.   6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  - Lunch             11 a.m. - 1 p.m.     11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                                         11 a.m. - 1 p.m.        11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  - Dinner/Supper      4:30 - 7 p.m.        3:30 - 7 p.m.     4:30 - 6 p.m.      4:30 - 6 p.m.       4:30 - 7 p.m.           4:30 - 7 p.m.        4:30 - 6 p.m.      4:30 - 6 p.m.

Fitness Center         7 a.m. - 6 p.m.     7 a.m. - 6 p.m.    7 a.m. - 2 p.m.   7 a.m. - 3 p.m.      7 a.m. - 6 p.m.         7 a.m. - 6 p.m.      7 a.m. - 2 p.m.   7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Library               10 a.m. - 5 p.m.     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.        Closed            Closed          10 a.m. - 5 p.m.         9 a.m. - 5 p.m.          Closed            Closed

Aero Club*                Closed               Closed            Closed             Closed              Closed                  Closed               Closed             Closed
Enlisted Club**       11 a.m. - 1 p.m.         Closed            Closed                                 Closed                  Closed               Closed             Closed

Bowling Center      11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.   11 a.m. - 2 p.m.      Closed             Closed        11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.      5 p.m. - 2 a.m.       2 p.m. - 9 p.m.   11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Golf Course***          No Change          Close at 1 p.m.       Closed             Closed            No Change             Close at 1 p.m.           Closed            Closed
Officers Club**       Close at 2 p.m.          Closed            Closed             Closed              Closed              Open at 6 p.m.            Closed            Closed
 -Bldg. 1470              Closed               Closed            Closed             Closed              Closed                  Closed                Closed            Closed
Annex
 -Bldg. 1 Annex            Closed              Closed            Closed             Closed              Closed                  Closed               Closed             Closed
 -Bldg. 2 Annex            Closed              Closed            Closed             Closed              Closed                  Closed               Closed             Closed

Aquatics Center     Close at 1 p.m.            Closed            Closed             Closed          Close at 1 p.m.             Closed               Closed             Closed
Auto Skills Center 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.      Close at 2 p.m.       Closed             Closed         9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.       Close at 2 p.m.          Closed             Closed
Community
Activities Center 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.        Closed            Closed             Closed        8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.     10 a.m. - 1 p.m.         Closed             Closed
Leisure Travel           Closed                Closed            Closed             Closed               Closed                 Closed               Closed             Closed
Outdoor
Recreation          Close at 1 p.m.        8:30 a.m. -1:30       Closed             Closed          Close at 1 p.m.       8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.      Closed             Closed
                                                p.m.

Child
Development
Centers               Close at 1 p.m.          Closed            Closed             Closed          Close at 1 p.m.             Closed               Closed             Closed
Family Child Care
Office                    Closed               Closed            Closed             Closed              Closed                  Closed               Closed             Closed
Youth Center          Close at 1 p.m.          Closed            Closed             Closed          Close at 1 p.m.             Closed               Closed             Closed

Financial Mgmt.            Closed              Closed            Closed             Closed              Closed                  Closed               Closed             Closed
Flight

     * Aero Club requests closure of facility Dec. 23 through Jan. 3; flying by members can continue at anytime--weather permitting.
     ** Enlisted Club and Officers Club requests closure of facilities Dec. 24 through Jan. 2.
     *** Weather permitting, even if pro shop is closed, golf course will be open for walk-ons.

				
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