“2003 AFSPC Best Large Wing PA Office”
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Vol. 48 No. 43
Photo by Staff Sgt. Denise Johnson
Daylight Savings Time ends 1 a.m. Sunday.
Don’t forget to set the clocks back one hour.
Photo by Senior Airman Mike Meares Photo by Airman Mandy Weightman
Inside This Issue: Pigskin Picks ... 11 Action Line 556-7777 Straight Talk Line 556-9154
2 Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004
Flight commander clarifies cell phone policy
By Maj. Jeffrey Boleng consolidate cellular phone management Although issued for official pur- people routinely use all available plan
21st Space Communications Squadron and billing to take advantage of volume poses allows for Air Force policy specif- minutes for unofficial purposes, this
discounts in rate plans. ic exemptions for authorized personal leads to maintaining a more costly
The 21st Space Communications The official issue cellular phone use. Air Force issued cellular telephones rate plan for that phone. This in turn,
Squadron manages more than 500 cellu- program is experiencing the same budg- may be used for occasional personal leads to excess costs to the government.
lar phones and individual accounts for et restrictions as many other services. calls related to mission activities, such Limiting cell phone use to official
21st Space Wing units at Peterson and The 21st SCS is working aggressively to as informing family members of an business and limited mission-related
Cheyenne Mountain. The annual budget control and reduce costs. Every quarter, unexpected change in schedule. personal calls allows for the appropriate
for fiscal year 2004 was approximately all account rate plans are reviewed Remember, emergency calls for police, rate plan choice and the minimum
$140,000 or just over $27 per month per based on historical usage and adjusted fire, medical or roadside assistance are cost to the government.
official phone. Unit commanders may to the most effective rate plan available. always authorized. Frequent or extended Finally, it is important to remem-
authorize an official cellular phone to These changes are first forwarded to routine personal calls must be avoided. ber the Air Force issued cellular phones
personnel who require frequent, contin- unit Commanders through their TCOs. There has been some question may not be used for Command and
uous or short notice communication If the TCO does not intervene, then the recently regarding official cell phone Control purposes. They are not a substi-
capability for mission reasons. Unit proposed rate plan adjustments are usage for personal reasons when this tute for official communication chan-
Telephone Control Officials act on the made automatically. use does not incur any additional cost nels such as Defense Switch Network,
commander’s behalf for issues concern- This is an important policy to the government, for instance when Defense Red Switch Network, Secret
ing Personal Wireless Communication change. included plan minutes are not exceeded Internet Protocol Network or Land
Service, for example, “cell phones.” Non-concurrence with the pro- by such use. Mobile Radios, also known as “bricks.”
In addition to the 500-plus phones posed rate plan changes requires action This is still forbidden. Air Force Many cellular providers now offer a
issued to people, the 21st SCS maintains by the TCO. If units exceed their allo- Space Command headquarters leader- “push-to-talk” or “walkie-talkie” fea-
95 loaner cell phones for special events. cated rate plan minutes and incur addi- ship have specifically addressed this ture. This feature can be convenient and
These phones are provided on a “fee- tional charges, the units are directly with the Air Force Communications effective for non-Command and Control
for-service” basis for official use to any liable for these charges out of their Agency Judge Advocate, and the offi- applications, but must never be substi-
21st SW unit with a need for them. O&M funding. It’s important that TCOs cial policy is clear. Users may not use tuted for LMRs when used in a
Air Force policy normally requires review proposed rate plan changes and Air Force-issued cellular telephones for Command and Control capacity.
cellular phone costs be paid directly ensure they are compatible with the mis- frequent or extended routine personal For more information on Air Force
from unit Operations and Maintenance sion requirements of the personnel with calls, even if these calls do not incur an issued wireless communications servic-
funding. The 21st SW has decided to issued cell phones. additional cost to the government. If es, call 554-COMM.
Military Voter considers duty before opinion
By 1st Lt. Elizabeth Kreft members, and in the waning days healthy federal or military career.
Recently, there have been
45th Space Wing Public Affairs before a critical presidential elec- Even though you might just be reports of military family
As a public affairs officer for
tion, even the blandest of com-
ments or actions can draw negative
attempting to encourage fellow co-
workers to engage in a political dis- members receiving phone
the United States Air Force, I’m attention to an individual or office cussion, we each must remember calls from political parties
asking them who they intend
paid to talk. with the best of intentions. there is a proper time and place for
I’m paid to communicate Each government employee such dialogue.
ideas and transfer information to must recognize that they are I’m speaking from personal to vote for based on their
expected to conduct themselves in experience. I’ll admit that I haven’t
experience of having to
thousands of people about issues
that are going to affect their a manner that allows for a com- been reprimanded for being too
families, their everyday lives and pletely impartial atmosphere at zealous about one side or another – see their spouse deploy.
their long-term careers. And yet work. We know during any season, but I feel the itch. I have received
during the next few weeks, one of election or not, military members entertaining e-mails about the pres-
the most important responsibilities are subject to scrutiny and possible ident and the candidate, and at If you or someone you
that I’ll share with my fellow mili-
tary members will be to keep my
reprimand for inappropriate com-
ments about their chain of
times they are so good I’ve been
tempted to forward on the political
know receives a similar
mouth shut. command or about elected offi- satire to the entire base. Each time call, contact:
As tension between opposing cials. But during a heated political I turn on the office television I see
political parties grows to a remark-
able force, the desire to express a
time such as this, sensitivities
to partisan commentary are at an
more information about the
upcoming election, and my blood The Office of Special
negative view toward political can- all-time high. goes from resting temperature to Investigations
Just one snide remark, one yelling-at-the-TV temperature in
didates develops with it. But the
venue for voicing opinions on the prejudiced e-mail or one biased about 2.4 seconds. In fact, I should 556-4347.
matter is quite small for military flyer can be the downfall of a – See Opinion, Page 6
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News Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 3
Classified Message Incidents –
be the solution, not the problem
By Lt. Erin Fella understand the importance of strong security and the an e-mail, ensure the attachment is not classified.
21st Space Communications Squadron consequences associated with these security infractions. Attention to detail is the key.
The Air Force Special Security Instruction 5020 If an e-mail is opened on the unclassified system
During the past year, Air Force Space Command details specific information on dealing with CMIs after and contains classified information, contact
has experienced an unacceptable number of classified they happen. It specifies that costly, time-consuming your Information System Security Officer or work-
message incidents. A CMI is the introduction of classi- data purging and associated recovery actions be per- group manager immediately via secure communica-
fied information onto an unclassified system. The most formed on all affected e-mail servers and workstations. tions or in person.
common occurrence of CMIs is over the Air Force’s e- When this occurs, we basically self-impose a denial of Swift corrective actions can prevent a CMI from
mail system. service attack on ourselves. spreading any farther, thus minimizing the number of
The AFSPC mission depends heavily on reliable There are many things computer users can do to affected systems to be purged.
and secure networks and everyone must ensure people help to minimize CMIs. Since security across the AFSPC-wide network is
When composing e-mail, only as strong as the weakest link, the following is also
verify none of the contents effective immediately. In addition to appropriate disci-
of a message are classified. Be plinary action, violating individuals will lose all access
familiar with what information and privileges on the AFSPC Enterprise Network until
is and is not classified. When in recertified. These violators will be recertified through
doubt, check with the security completion of the Information Assurance awareness
classification guide before trans- computer-based training course.
mitting e-mail. Security is critical, especially in our present
There are certain things wartime footing. Security incidents involving comput-
that should never be sent over er networks are increasing. All CMI’s are unacceptable
the unclassified network. and threaten national security. Everyone must
Sensitive deployment, Unit Type be personally involved to ensure there isn’t a
Code or other highly sensitive classified message inadvertently sent across our
mobility information should unclassified networks.
always be sent over the Secret In the last 12 months, Peterson AFB has had mul-
Internet Protocol Router tiple CMI’s with at least one every month. The AFSPC
Network, also known as SIPR- command considers this a commanders program and his
NET, or other secure means. goal for classified information released onto the unclas-
Also, when attaching items to sified network is zero.
Thrift Savings Plan kicks off open season
The federal government’s Thrift Capitalization Stock Index Investment, year should be concerned about exceed- be established at yet; that’s part of the
Savings Plan kicked off its 2004 “open or “S” Fund, had $7.6 billion; and the ing the $15,000 limit. If they’re in that procurement process, and we’re collect-
season” Oct. 15 with slogans to remind International Stock Index Investment, or category, we have a fact sheet on the ing bids from industry now on how to
servicemembers and civilian govern- “I” Fund, had $4.5 billion. Web site, along with a worksheet so structure them.
ment employees they can increase “This brings the total up to $141 they can work it out so that they’re sure “For instance, there will be a fund
their retirement coffers substantially billion,” Mr. Trabucco said. they put in their maximum amount and that is established for the year 2015, a
by investing in TSP, a 401K-type “Open season is a good time to pick up the maximum matching contri- second fund for the year 2025, a third
savings program. make the initial decision on whether butions from the government.” fund for the year 2035,” he said. “What
Open season – the period when or not you will contribute to TSP if As soon as an employee covered you would do is pick the year in which
people can enroll in the program you’re not currently contributing,” by FERS is eligible for agency you plan on beginning to draw down
or change their options – runs through he said. “It’s also the time to increase contributions, the agency will automati- your funds, and you simply invest in
Dec. 31. “Let It Flow” is this open your contributions to take advantage of cally contribute an amount equal to that. The allocation of those invest-
season’s slogan aimed at federal the increased amounts that you’re 1 percent of the employee’s basic pay ments would be automatically adjusted
civilian employees, while “Save for allowed to contribute this year. If you’re each pay tributes. over time based on the structure of that
Later, Start Now” targets servicemem- not contributing the maximum, now is If employees contribute their own life cycle fund; in essence, going from a
bers. Bro-chures are being distributed to your time to take a look and see if you money, the agency will match the heavier weighting in stocks in the early
eligible participants. can or should.” employee’s contributions dollar-for-dol- years, and more toward an investment in
More than 85 percent of workers The primary difference between lar on the first 3 percent the employee bonds and government securities – the
covered by the Federal Employees the 2003 and 2004 TSP open season is contributes each pay period, and 50 more stable investments – as you get
Retirement System, and about 67 “you can contribute more this open sea- cents on the dollar for the next 2 percent closer to the year when you’re going to
percent of employees covered by the son,” Mr. Trabucco said. the employee contributes. begin drawing those funds down.”
Civil Service Retirement System Servicemembers can contribute Mr. Trabucco said this may be the TSP participants age 50 or older
contribute to TSP. from special pay as well as basic pay, last TSP open season, because legisla- who are contributing the maximum
“As of the end of September, we he said. Civilians can contribute only tion has passed the U.S. Senate and is in amount of regular contributions may
have more than 1.8 million (federal from basic pay. the House of Representatives that would also elect to make additional “catch-up”
employee) participants, 475,000 (civil “In the 2003 open season, which eliminate open seasons in the future. contributions up to $3,000 for 2004, and
service) contributors and 435,000 was really for calendar year 2004, the The congressional measure would allow $4,000 for 2005, Mr. Trabucco said.
military participants,” said Tom contribution limits were 9 percent of people to make their contribution elec- “Those contributions allow those
Trabucco, director of external affairs for pay, up to a maximum of $14,000 a tions at any time. age 50 and over to put in additional
TSP’s overseer, the Federal Retirement year,” Mr. Trabucco said. For the “So it’s an improvement, and one funds,” he said. “It will rise to $5,000 in
Thrift Investment Board. “All of current open season, which will cover that we and the participants will wel- 2006, where it will remain stable.”
the money goes into the common fund 2005, eligible employees who are come,” he said. People who choose to make catch-
and is invested by fund, which is members of the uniformed services may Mr. Trabucco said the board up contributions can do so at any time,
more than $141 billion for military and contribute up to 10 percent of pay, to is looking into creating “Lifecycle but they must make a new election
civilian investors.” a maximum of $15,000. Those numbers Funds” beginning next year. These for each calendar year. For more
Most contributions are invested in apply to uniformed services and funds provide the benefits of profes- information, people can check with
five different funds. As of Sept. 30, the civil service employees. sional asset management to participants their agency or service TSP representa-
Government Securities Investment, or “FERS people may contribute up who choose them. tive for guidance about when to submit
“G” Fund, had $58.8 billion in it; the to 15 percent of basic pay each pay peri- “That means Lifecycle Funds will their election. Civilian employees
Common Stock Index Investment, or od, but only up to the elective deferral be set up based on different years when should use Form TSP-1-C. The form for
“C” Fund, had $59.6 billion; the Fixed limit of $15,000 that’s set by the Internal you would plan on drawing down your servicemembers is Form TSP-U-1-C.
Income Index Investment, or “F” Fund, Revenue Service,” he said. “FERS peo- account balance,” Mr. Trabucco said. (Information courtesy of Amer-
had $10.3 billion; the Small ple who make more than $93,333 per “We don’t know what those years will ican Forces Press Service)
4 Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004
CHAPEL HOSTS FALL FESTIVAL PRACTICE SHOTS TO BE TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
The Peterson Chapel offers fellowship, food and FIRED ON PETERSON REGISTRATION BEGINS
fun at their Fall Festival from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Salute battery rounds will be fired Wednesday The 2004 Core Technologies for Space Systems
Sunday. There will be face painting, pumpkin carving, and Nov. 5 on base as part of the rehearsal for a Conference will be held Nov. 8-10, at the Sheraton
games, prizes and a magician. The event is free. For change of command ceremony. The shots will be Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference
more information, call Chaplain Charles Knauer or blanks fired by a team from Fort Carson. For more is a non-profit event featuring technical presentations
Trish Mehner at 556-4442. information, call Capt. Gurminder Singh at 554-9434. and lectures, intended to provide a forum for
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX
sharing the latest ideas in core space technologies.
It’s intended for aerospace scientists, engineers
FOR ‘BOO AT THE ZOO’ ASSISTANCE REPS NEEDED and technical managers from academia, industry,
“Boo at the Zoo” is the Cheyenne Mountain Volunteers are needed by Nov. 1 to serve as government and military programs. Military and
Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration. Volunteers are Volunteer Income Tax Assistance representatives. government registration is $200 for all three days
needed to park cars from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday Free comprehensive training with the Internal or $100 per day. Group discounts for 10 or more
and Sunday. For more information, call Deb Compton Revenue Service and the Colorado State Department are available. For more information or to register
at 390-8233. of Revenue is scheduled for the first full week in visit the conference website at http://www.
MEDICAL GROUP ANNOUNCES December. To sign up or for more information, call spacecoretech.org/ or contact Dale Kunz at
Staff Sgt. Kellie Soulvie at 556-4403 or e-mail at kel-
CLOSURES, POLICIES email@example.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Heinrich at
The Peterson Clinic will close from 7:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Friday. Members of the Health Consumers
Advisory Council remind everyone of the 21st Space ARAGON DINING FACILITY MENU
Wing policy that children, 8 years old or less,
may not be left unsupervised on base at any Today Friday Saturday Sunday
time. This also applies to visits to the 21st Medical Lunch: Lunch: Dinner: Lunch: Dinner: Lunch: Dinner:
Mexican Baked Lasagna Crispy Baked Fish Almondine Tuna and Noodles Ginger Barbecue
Group. The Medical Group has no capabilities to Roast Loin of Pork Chicken Spaghetti with Chicken Stir Fry Chicken Sauerbraten Chicken
supervise children. Parents must plan appropriately, Jaeger with Swiss Steak with Meat Sauce Cajun Meat Loaf with Broccoli Chicken Breast Fried Shrimp
Mushroom Sauce Tomato Sauce Sweet Italian Grilled Steak Pork Chops with Parmesan Spinach Lasagna
or reschedule visits, when they are unable to supervise Glazed Cornish Hen Stuffed Green Sausage Baked Potatoes Mushroom Gravy Au Gratin Potato Orange Rice
their children. Potato Halves Pepper Mashed Potatoes Mashed Potatoes Rissole Potatoes Steamed Rice Mashed Potatoes
Orange Rice Baked Macaroni Broccoli Polonaise Broccoli Rice Pilaf Cauliflower Black-eyed Peas
MEDICAL GROUP TEAM CONDUCTS Carrots
TELEPHONE SURVEY Beans Monday Tuesday Wednesday
The 21st Medical Group is conducting a patient Lunch: Dinner: Lunch: Dinner:
Dinner: Lunch: Dinner:
satisfaction telephone survey. A contractor may call Swiss Steak with Roast Turkey Onion-Lemon Paprika Beef Mexican Chicken Pita Pizzas
patients at home a few days after their visits to ask Chicken
Tomato Sauce Baked Can Ham Baked Fish Barbecue Beef Mexican Pork Country Style Steak
Baked Chicken Raisin Sauce Steak Pork Cubes Chops Fried Chicken
them questions about their visits. The telephone calls Stuffed Cabbage Hot Italian Fish and Fries Schnitzel Chicken Fajitas Chicken Enchiladas Oven Brown
Southern Fried Catfish Sausage Mashed Potatoes Yakisoba Beef O'Brien Potatoes Mexican Rice Potatoes
will be made between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m., Black-eyed Peas with Peppers and Corn Bread and Spaghetti Steamed Rice Refried Beans and Mashed Potatoes
Monday through Friday. The feedback will enable the Rice Onions Dressing Baked Potatoes Cauliflower Cheese Fried Cauliflower
Mashed Potatoes Steamed Rice Succotash Mashed Potatoes Corn on the Cob Mexican Corn Bean Combination
Peterson Clinic staff to assess the services provided. Mashed Potatoes Tempura Lima Beans Cabbage
Surveyors do not have access to any personal medical Mixed Vegetables The Aragon Dining Facility announces new hours of operation, effective Oct. 1
information and patients are not required to provide Peas Weekdays/Weekends: Breakfast 5:30 – 8 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Dinner 4 – 6 p.m.;
Holidays/Down days: Supper 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; All carry out times 7 – 9 p.m.
6 Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004
Cyber café to connect Airmen on personal level
By Senior Airman Mike Meares team was ready to move ahead. Chaplain Cox, now part together,” said General Hamel. “I’m pleased to see the
50th Space Wing Public Affairs of the 21st SW Chaplains Office, put together his dream close partnership between the wings as they come
team including Airmen from the dorms, 50th SW together for the Airmen.”
The idea of a place where Airmen can have free Chaplains Office, members of the 21st Civil Engineer The design of the café has many elements to it.
coffee, comfortable furniture, live entertainment, Squadron and the 21st SCS. There is a dedicated section for computer-based gaming.
Internet access and a computer gaming network began The effort began when Chaplain Cox took the idea Around the café, there will be five stations with Internet
more than a year ago when a group from the 50th and to the 50th and 21st SW commanders. They needed no hook-ups for surfers and wireless connections for those
21st Space Wings sat down to brainstorm about how to convincing and immediately pledged their wing’s sup- with laptops. The multi-colored floor and black ceilings
make life in the Airmen dormitories better. When the port. With the money needed to start the project, gives it a true off-base café appeal. A bar will surround
group started talking about a coffee house with all of Chaplain Cox went to the civil engineer and communi- the designer coffee makers, espresso machines and drink
these features, they couldn’t stop. cations squadrons for help. area along the far side of the room. New state-of-the-art
Well, this dream has become a reality. Construction “There’s nothing magic about this,” said Chaplain furniture will fill the room with tables, chairs and a stage
on a “cyber café” has begun inside an Airmen dormito- Cox. “We’re just helping the dorm residents with what for live entertainment. Here’s the bonus – all of this is
ry here. A dayroom is being converted into a place for they want and need – a place to hang out, have fun, make free to dorm residents.
dorm residents hang out. friends and strengthen their community.” “We had a similar set-up at Lackland Air Force
“The main goal is to make it feel like an off-base Committed to seeing the dream become a reality, Base when I was in [technical] school,” said Airman 1st
environment for those who don’t get off base much,” said Kolleen Kostboth and Senior Master Sgt. Gordon Class Paul Pearson, 50th Security Forcers Squadron and
Senior Airman Sean Robbins, 21st Space Communica- Wilkins, 21st CES, stepped up to the challenge with inte- a dorm resident. “I don’t have a car or a television yet, so
tions Squadron, who helped design the Internet portion rior design and project management. this will keep my friends and I from becoming dorm rats
of the café. “I know I’ll sit and enjoy a cup of coffee “This [café] will bring the Airmen dormitories into or someone who sits in their rooms bored to death.”
while I do my homework.” a new age,” said Sergeant Wilkins. More details, including the appliances and the
The dream team, spearheaded by Chaplain Capt. Impressed by the initiative of the team when he name of the new café, will be worked out as the late
Kris Cox, while he was a member of the 50th Space stopped in and saw the project, Maj. Gen. Michael winter or early spring of 2005 completion date draws
Wing Chaplain Office, wanted a place that was on base Hamel, 14th Air Force Commander, donated $5,800 in near. Until then, the team is content with working
with an off-base appeal. After doing research on similar quality of life money toward the project. to bring their dream closer and closer to becoming a
quality of life improvements around the Air Force, the “It’s always great to see a vision like this coming finished reality.
– Opinion, from Page 2 using federal time or money to voice biting or creative articulation, this have to be kept separate from our per-
political views is wrong. reservation is needed in order sonal political agendas. In the end,
write a thank-you note to the major The fact is we cannot allow our to maintain a healthy, professional whoever wins, the victory will be that
news networks for giving my heart a personal opinions to interfere with our work atmosphere. much sweeter if it is a success brought
natural workout over And yet I have to duty to remain politically unbiased in So, over the next few days as you about by completely legal and honest
hold back. This isn’t the place for voic- relation to our federal positions. anxiously count down the hours until means – and each of us can do our part
ing personal views on elected officials. Military, DOD civilians and any feder- the time arrives to make your mark on to keep partisan politics out the mili-
Healthy discussion is always encour- al employee’s primary responsibility is the nation’s future (I know I can’t be tary setting.
aged, because we know it increases to serve in an impartial manner. And the only one this excited), remember (Courtesy of Air Force News
knowledge and social tolerance. But though it might require a bit of tongue that government time and resources Service)
Around Pete Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004
With the spooky, but oh-so- Squadron will host indoor trick-
fun holiday approaching, members or-treating at the main fire station,
of Team Pete are prepared to make Bldg. 218 from 5 to 8 p.m.,
this Halloween a blast for families Saturday. There will be a haunted
here. The base housing residents house and different base agencies
started the fun off by decorating will take part in the event by
their houses with a wide variety of setting up various booths and tables
festive ornaments. for the trick-or-treaters. For more
As for fun for children, many information, call the Fire Station
Team Pete members are offering at 556-7354.
numerous activities. ! Base housing will be open
! The Aquatics Center will for trick-or-treaters, from 4:30 to
host “A Halloween Thing” from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday. Security Forces will
8 p.m., Saturday. Admission is $1. patrol the area and remind the
There will be carnival games, trick- children to make sure the porch
or-treating and optional swimming. lights are on before ringing the
For more information, call the doorbell to get goodies. For more
Aquatics Center at 556-4608. information, call Security Forces
! The 21st Civil Engineer Services at 556-8235.
TOP LEFT: In the spirit
of not only Halloween, but
fall in general, some
housing residents deco-
rate their lawns with smil-
TOP RIGHT: A popular
decoration among base
housing residents is the
tall, lighted frightfully
LEFT: Lighting up the
walkways to their houses,
base housing residents
lights for trick-or-treaters
to find the way to their
Photos by Airman Mandy Weightman
Happy Halloween ACROSS
1. Halloween spirit?
53. School subj.
55. Football scores (abbrev.)
21. Earned, as in cash
26. Sis’ relative
4. Oklahoma Air Force base
Answers on Page 11 7. ___ Tac Toe 56. Golf prop 27. Auger
10. Oklahoma town 58. Negative 28. Gully
11. Mastercard rival 60. Bedroom noises 30. Basketball play alley-___
12. Mil. uniform 61. Penn movie “___Sam” (2 31. “La ___ Nikita”
14. Army equivalent to AFSC words) 32. Subway need?
16. Terrapin great Bias 62. Eternity 33. ___ up with; shut in
17. ___ Angeles, CA 63. Perfect score 34. Honest ___
18. Head cover? 64. Halloween garb 35. Hang out
19. Type of Halloween house 36. Spice
22. Anger DOWN 40. Halloween sight?
23. Troubles 1. Halloween gremlin? 42. Double
24. Type of egg 2. Burdens 45. Slides
26. Undergarment 3. Part of Halloween saying 46. Lairs
29. Halloween howler? 4. Halloween bloodsuckers? 49. Second part of Halloween
32. Draft 5. Bother saying
34. Signing voice 6. “___ Bridges” 50. Bother
37. Norway capital 7. Leans 52. 1 ACROSS saying
38. Lyrical poem 8. Get, as in understand (2 54. Compass dir.
39. Snake words) 56. ___ the season
41. What jack-o’-lanterns 9. Halloween goal? 57. Flightless bird
start out as 13. French artist known for 58. Formerly known as
43. Listening tool? wood engraving 59. Explosive combo
44. SECDEF office symbol 15. Double (Courtesy of Alaskan
47. Actress West 20. Mil. absence against Command Public Affairs)
48. Halloween lab creation? UCMJ
Professional Performers named
Congratulations to the following Security Forces MWOC Duress
By Senior Master Sgt. Ty Foster a week, Team 21 rallied for nearly a month. Inspection scenarios ran the Professional Performers and Professional Apprehension Team Oct. 8.
21st Space Wing Public Affairs gamut. There were hazardous spills, car bomb explosions, train crashes, Teams for the 21st Space Wing during the 7th Space Warning Squadron: Crisis
plane crashes and more. Operational Readiness Inspection. Response Element Team 2.
The Air Force Space Command Inspector General rated the 21st General Webber took a moment to praise the wing’s inspector gen- For the 21st Space Wing Staff 10th Space Warning Squadron:
Space Wing as “Excellent” during the intensive Oper-ational Readiness eral, Col. Gary Shugart, and his exercise evaluation team during the Agencies: Chaplin Capt. Kristoffer Cox, Charlie Crew Oct. 4.
Inspection out brief here Monday morning. post-ORI party at the Enlisted Club. Peterson Chapel; Airman Santana Brown, 12th Space Warning Squadron: Alpha
Addressing a packed house during the out brief, Brig. Gen. The colonel’s team of functional experts planned what AFSPC Dolorina Daniels, Airman 1st Class Stacie Crew Oct. 13, BMEWS Support Team,
Richard E. Webber, 21st Space Wing commander, said, “I want IG termed as a “robust” Full Spectrum Threat Response scenario Grimm, 1st Lt. Yolanda Thomas and Standardization and Evaluation Section,
you to savor this moment. You worked hard each day … this is a total involving a car bomb explosion near a critical facility. The base’s Airmen 1st Class Jack Wrobel, 21st BMEWS Site Personnel Oct. 6-18.
team effort!” response was phenomenal. Comptroller Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Vernon 13th Space Warning Squadron: Bravo
With 44 units at 26 locations in four countries and nine time “They [the wing exercise evaluation team] worked us hard and in Chester, 21st SW Judge Advocate; and 1st Crew Oct. 9, Charlie Crew Oct. 8, Crisis
zones, Col. Brad E. Ward, AFSPC IG, and his team had their work cut the end pushed us over the top,” General Webber said to the nearly 500 Lt. Jennifer Whitaker, 21st SW Public Response Element, Clear Confined Space
out for themselves. people gathered at the party. Affairs. Rescue Team and Delta Crew Oct. 8.
“We wore out our wire brush on this wing,” Colonel Ward said. On top of all the simulated crises, several real-world events gave For the 21st Operations Group: Staff 1st Space Control Squadron: Alpha
During an inspection, he said, “The question we ask ourselves is the AFSPC IG pause to ponder. ButTeam 21 took the suspicious pack- Sgt. Mark Berger, Tech. Sgt. Carolyn Crew Oct. 2 and Standardization and
‘would we go to war with this unit? The answer is ‘Hell yes!’” ages, reports of shots fired on base and a visit from Air Force One Crump, Tech. Sgt. David Dusablon and 2nd Evaluation Section.
In the 260-page report, AFSPC inspectors hailed 465 strengths, 57 all in stride. Lt. Michael Wadley, 21st Operations 4th Space Control Squadron: Garrison
outstanding performers and 61 professional teams. Over the 25-day The out brief also allowed inspectors to weigh in with a Support Squadron; Staff Sgt. Adrian Hall, Swing Shift Crew Oct. 13.
inspection, the command’s functional area experts tested the wing’s met- “Satisfactory” rating for the Aug. 23-27 Expeditionary Readiness 6th Space Warning Squadron; Angie 20th Space Control Squadron: Echo
tle in myriad scenarios at all hours of the day. Among the many note- Inspection. During the ERI, 171 people processed through the deploy- Peterson, 10th Space Warning Squadron; Crew Oct. 5.
worthy people and units, the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron turned in a ment line, 16 short tons of cargo were shipped and 140 people deployed Tech. Sgt. Jose Lopezruiz, 12th Space 76th Space Control Squadron:
perfect score with zero findings. to a simulated hostile base. The IG called the wing’s rating a “signifi- Warning Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Christopher Counter Communications System Day
Inspection teams traveled to the wing’s geographically separated cant improvement” since the Ability to Survive and Operate evaluation Cumming, Senior Airman Jeramy Lemons Crew Oct. 16, Operations Intelligence
units around the world. These globetrotting evaluators braved short in September 2003. and Staff Sgt. Lonnie Sweatt, 13th Space Section and Safety Program Team.
days, cold temperatures and broken-down aircraft to get their job done. As a commander, General Webber has gone through four major Warning Squadron; Capt. Peter Bonetti and Detachment 1, 21st Operations group:
Through it all, the wing demonstrated the ability to operate its 15 command inspections. He, in fact, led the AFSPC IG cadre during the Senior Airman Sherry Martinez, 20th Maintenance team.
weapon systems to execute the mission. wing’s last ORI back in September 2001. Space Control Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Lance Royal Air Force Fylingdales:
“In all seven ERI and ORI major graded areas, we are meeting But with 33 days of inspection over the last 60 days under his belt, Brown, 76th Space Control Squadron; and Standardization and Evaluation Evaluator
Photos by Staff Sgt. Denise Johnson or exceeding standards,” General Webber said. “For the ORI, General Webber gained a newfound respect for Team 21’s abilities. Senior Airman Cederic V. Hill, 21st team.
Airman 1st Class Ronnie Ward, Security Forces Squadron Security Response Team, pulls a victim out Operations and Mission Support were rated Excellent – that is “This is the hardest scrub I’ve ever been through,” General Operation Group, Detachment 4. 21 Space Communication Squadron:
of a car during the Full Spectrum Threat Response portion of the Operational Readiness Inspection quite an accomplishment!” Webber said. “Once again you have proved to friends and foes alike that For the 21st Mission Support Group: Automated Surface Observation System
Oct. 21. Unlike many Air Force wings whose ORIs are rarely longer than this is the best space wing on the planet.” Paul Buyalski, Staff Sgt. Cedric Davis, Preventive Maintenance Team.
Senior Airman Christopher Dindl, 2nd Lt. 21st Civil Engineer Squadron:
Myles Gilbert, Staff Sgt. Adam Johnson, Confined Space Entry Team, Peterson
Tech. Sgt. Robert Johnson, Robert Hazardous Materials Response Team and
Quinonez and Cary Ulman, 21st Civil Prime BEEF Team.
Engineer Squadron; Staff Sgt. Sherry 21st Mission Support Squadron:
Schuh, 21st Contracting Squadron; Capt. Outbound Assignments, Personnel
Sterling Hickson, 21st Contracting Deployment Function and Personnel
Squadron, Detachment 1; Staff Sgt. Heather System Management.
Abney and Senior Airman Jason Sheppard, 21st Services Squadron: Fitness
21st Logistics Readiness Squadron; 2nd Lt. Center Staff and Granite Inn Dining Facility
Hugo Escobar, Tech. Sgt. William Spencer, Staff.
Tech. Sgt. Cheri Walker, Staff Sgt. Chad 21st Security Forces Squadron:
Pryor and Cathy Todd, 21st Mission Administration Section, Full Spectrum
Support Squadron; Staff Sgt. Jason Adams, Threat Response Security Forces Initial
21st Security Forces Squadron; and Tech. Response Teams, Security Forces Control
Sgt. Ed Charping and Senior Airman Lisa Center Controllers, Element 1, Sierra 1/1A,
Parker, 21st Services Squadron. 4/4A External Security Response Teams
For the 21st Maintenance Group: Staff and Training Section.
Sgt. Cory Leathers and Staff Sgt. Joel 21 Logistics Readiness Squadron:
Orzal, 21st Space Communications Logistic Plans Element.
ABOVE: Staff Sgt. Donita Squadron. 21st Contracting Squadron:
Whitsitt, SFS patrol, directs For the 21st Medical Group: Cynthia Government Purchase Card Team and
traffic as part of setting White, 21st Aeromedical-Dental Squadron, Detachment 1 Contracting Team.
up the cordon around the ABOVE: Senior Airman Peter Goodick and Airman 1st Class Ronnie Ward,
and 1st Lt. Tonya Moser, 21st Medical 21st Medical Group: Medical Control
accident site of the exercise both SFS Security Response Team members, assist a victim of the accident
during the FSTR portion of the ORI here Oct. 21. Support Squadron. Center and Cheyenne Mountain AFS
For the 721st Mission Support Group: Independent Duty Medical Technicians.
RIGHT: One victim of the
accident has her eyes band- Tech. Sgt. Mark Smurda, 721st Civil 721st Communication Squadron:
aged for her exercise injuries Engineer Division and Capt. Grant Security Awareness Team and Mission
in the FSTR accident near Hargrove and Airman 1st Class Taylor Systems Flight.
Peterson Boulevard., Oct. 21. Peterson, 721st Security Forces Squadron. 721st Security Forces Squadron: Full
For the 821st Air Base Group: 1st Lt. Spectrum Threat Response Central Security
Jennifer Tribble, Command Section; Senior Controllers and Pass and Registration
Airman Holly Gautreaux, Senior Airman Section.
ABOVE: Peterson firefighters approach a victim of the
Cameron Herriges and Senior Airman 821st Air Base Group: Chapel Team,
exercise FSTR accident, Oct. 21. The 21st Space Wing’s
Operational Readiness Inspection went from Oct. 1 through
Roxanne Wood, 821st Security Forces Financial Management Team, Senior
Oct. 22. Squadron; and Senior Airman LaPeachez Exercise Directors and Threat Working
Clark, 821st Support Squadron. Group.
Professional Teams 821st Support Squadron:
21st Space Wing: Manpower Office, Environmental and Occupational Health
RIGHT: Inspectors speak about Protocol Office and Charlie Crew Team, 821st Communications Flight,
their evaluations while an Command Post Controllers. Quality Assurance Evaluators and Services
explosion goes off during the 21st Operations Support Squadron: Mortuary Affairs.
Full Spectrum Threat Response Intelligence Flight and Weather Flight. 821st Security Forces Squadron:
portion of the Operational 6th Space Warning Squadron: Alpha BMEWS External Security Response
Readiness Inspection. Crew Oct. 7, Delta Crew Oct. 7 and Team.
10 Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004
Local bowler shares love of game
By Walt Johnson
As a young man, James “J.D.”
Dennis would set up pins at a local bowl-
ing alley so he could make some money
and help customers enjoy the game of
As an adult, Dennis has no interest
in making sure pins stay up so others may
enjoy the game of bowling – Dennis’s aim
is to knock down as many pins as he can
while competing in the Peterson Air
Force Base and Colorado Springs area
Dennis is recognized in the local tournaments. So in order to stay up with
area and other parts of the country as one these people I have to practice.”
of the best bowlers in his age group in the Dennis said the bowling alley has
country. He competes regularly in bowl- turned into a second home for him
ing leagues and tournaments against because he enjoys the atmosphere. While
“some pretty good competition” and does Dennis bowls all over town, he particu-
more than holds his own. larly likes bowling at Peterson’s Bowling
With the success and longevity Center because of the friends he has
Dennis has enjoyed in bowling, he’s been made and the one achievement every
a fixture at the base bowling lanes here bowler strives for, a perfect game.
since 1984; one would think he has had a “I call this my home, this is the only
lifelong dream of being a competitive place I have ever bowled a perfect game.
bowler. That would not be the case. I like the people here too, everyone
Dennis said he actually came to the sport knows me and I know everyone here,”
because he had “nothing else to do.” Dennis said. “It’s a great family atmos-
Dennis was a manual pin-setter as a phere,”
child and picked up a bowling ball for the As much fun as Dennis has at play-
first time when he was in Saudi Arabia. ing the game he said there is a serious
“I was stationed in Saudi Arabia a side to being a good bowler. He believes
long time ago and at the time there was that taking the game seriously while hav-
nothing else to do. You couldn’t go down- ing fun is one of the keys to success.
town or anything and bowling at the base “A lot of people think it is all about
was free. The key word with me is ‘free,’ throwing the ball down the lane and
Dennis said. “When I was setting pins I knocking a lot of pins down. At the same
did it because it was work and I wanted to time there’s an art and science to bowl-
make some money, I didn’t see it as fun at ing. Bowling is about concentration and
Photo by Walt Johnson
the time. After I started bowling in Saudi James Dennis has one of his many practice sessions at the Peterson love of the game,” he said.
Arabia, I realized this is a challenging Bowling Center. He practices in numerous local bowling facilities, but “In bowling, the most experienced
and fun game” bowler will tell you not to look at the
names Peterson’s his favorite.
Dennis realized that it was a game pins, to look at the dots and arrows on the
that he could not only become good at, could also sat- extraordinary amount of time into perfecting his craft. lanes and concentrate on them. The only
isfy his need to exercise, surround himself with good Dennis finds bowling to be a stress reliever, even reason the average bowler looks at the pins is to make
friends and create great memories. He said some peo- when he competes in leagues and tournaments. He sure all the pins are there. After that you don’t even
ple like to go to the gym to exercise, and while he bowls in four different leagues and practices five days want to look at the pins you want to concentrate on a
respects that, bowling is his outlet. a week. spot on the lanes because if you can hit that spot, once
“It depends on what you believe is fun,” he said. “When I practice, I may throw eight to 10 you find out how the ball is reacting to the lane con-
Many in the bowling community here say games. I do it so I can keep my timing. Timing is very ditions that is the spot you want to concentrate on and
Dennis is at or near the top of the competition in this important to my game,” Dennis said. “There is some that is all there is to it,” Dennis said. “Of course you
region. That’s no accident for the man who puts an stiff competition in this town. Also, I bowl in a lot of have to hit the spot each time.”
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