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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
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
“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
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
Go Get Out 23
awards at competition. Page 21
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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
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
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.
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www.peterson.af.mil NEWS Thursday, December 1, 2005 3
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
“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
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
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.
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.
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)
4 Thursday, December 1, 2005
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.
Thursday, December 1, 2005 5
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.
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.
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.
6 Thursday, December 1, 2005
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.”
Thursday, December 1, 2005 7
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.
8 Thursday, December 1, 2005
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.
10 Thursday, December 1, 2005
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
23. Mil. pay during PCS
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
59. Shaq’s org.
45. Places for MDs
60. Mil. identification
50. Pig’s place
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)
Thursday, December 1, 2005
NORAD kicks off 50th
year of tracking Santa
Partnership with Citadel Mall creates Santa
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.
“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
14 Thursday, December 1, 2005
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
wearer's head and lies over the permeable, water-repel- worn as a protective over-garment. It
from fragmenta- shoulders, con- lant suit worn as an over- does not have a charcoal-laden liner
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,
but has a micmitter for
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
The membership at Silver Spruce
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,
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.
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.
20 Thursday, December 1, 2005
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
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,
per trip. This five-day hunt involves call the Enlisted Club at 556-4194 or
Cost of transportation is $15 per
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.
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.
Thursday, December 1, 2005 21
www.peterson.af.mil AROUND PETE
Friday, December 2 Saturday, December 3 Tuesday, December 6
21st Space Wing Deployed Spouses Dinner Guardian Challenge
n To submit information
for the base calendar, e-mail
6 p.m. E-club
and 21 Space Wing
Holiday Tree Lighting
4 p.m. Base Chapel
Noon - 2 p.m.
Peterson Bowling Center
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
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
22 Thursday, December 1, 2005
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
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
Thursday, December 1, 2005 23
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.
24 Thursday, December 1, 2005
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
- 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
-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
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
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
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
* 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.