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Thursday, September 13, 2018 Vol. 62 No. 37

CMAFS holds 9/11 memorial ceremony

(U.S. Air Force photo by Dave Meade)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. — Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station personnel pay tribute to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 during a memorial ceremony Sept. 11, 2018. The 9/11 memorial at CMAFS incorporates a beam from the World Trade Center and is one of five beams donated to Colorado Springs military installations.

960th Change of Command

721st Communications Squadron

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Lt. Col Fernando Ruiz (Right), the new 960th Network Operations Squadron commander, accepts the 960th NOS guidon from Lt. Col. Silas Darden (Left) 960th Cyberspace Operations Group commander, during a change of command ceremony Sept. 8, 2018 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The 960th NOS is the Reserve classic associate unit to the 561st NOS and the units operate and defend the Air Force Network through the Cyber Security and Control System (weapon system.

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CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. — Members of the 721st Communications Squadron pose for a group photo outside the North Portal to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex on Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Sept. 5, 2018.

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COMMANDER’S CORNER Unsung Mission Partners PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — When we think about readiness and being ready to fight tonight, we tend to focus our attention to the men and women who serve in uniform. As many of you already know, the 21st Operations Group has a global presence and we are always vigilant and always ready for the fight, wherever we find ourselves. In the 21st Operations Group, we have men and women executing strategic nuclear command, control and communications, missile defense, and battlespace characterization missions in defense of our nation and space domain, to include expeditionary squadrons deployed down range supporting the close-in counter-insurgent fight on behalf of U.S. Central Command commander. We’re able to perform the missions assigned to us because of our Total Force approach in doing business. This includes relying upon our active duty, reserves, Air National Guard, government civilians, allies and, yes, contractors; all of whom take on the tremendous

By Col. Devin R. Pepper 21st Operations Group responsibility of ensuring mission readiness and mission success. Although it is mainly the military members who come to mind when we think of preparedness and warfighting readiness, the group that often times goes unnoticed are our contractors who support and maintain our many sites across the globe and provide continuity of operations as our military operators rotate in and out on one, two or three year rotations. Many

of our expert contractor workforce have been at our sites for 10, 20, even 30 years. The hundreds of contractors supporting our worldwide geographically separated units are the people who enable our operations on a daily basis, believe in the missions they support, and work side-by-side with us in the fight and around-the-clock. They often go overlooked because their company is being paid to provide a service, but make no doubt, regardless of compensation, they are in the fight and committed to successful mission outcomes just as every man and woman who wears the uniform. Over the years, our contractor brethren have assured the operability and reliability of our systems, ensuring we can perform our assigned missions. When things break, there is always a team there to fix the issue, day or night. In addition to being instrumental in the integration of operations and intelligence, our contractors have also ensured our military personnel have the best quality of life at our many remote locations, initiating numerous initiatives to make sure our Airmen have the best. To the contractors supporting our global mission, you all have been the “unsung” mission partners. Thank you for answering the call to duty. Fight’s On!


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Air Force honors legacy by celebrating a legend’s birthday

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — Gen. David Goldfein, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, and his wife, Dawn Goldfein, speak with Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard Cole, the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Sept. 7, 2018. Goldfein called to wish Cole a happy 103rd birthday. The Doolittle raid was an air attack on Japan by the U.S. during World War II. By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — When an Air Force legend celebrates their 103rd birthday, no doubt the service’s senior leader will take notice. The last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard Cole, received a special birthday greeting from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein Sept. 7, 2018. “I am honored to celebrate your 103rd birthday,” Goldfein said to Cole. “It’s because of Air Force pioneers like you and your peers that the Air Force was shaped into the service

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it is today, and that we are able to celebrate its upcoming 71st birthday.” Cole and the other Raiders are an example of the Air Force’s successful history of innovation and joint operations. On April 18, 1942, then-captain Cole co-piloted then-Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle’s No. 1 bomber, and their aircraft was the first to drop bombs during the raid over Japan. Cole is a living reminder of the warrior spirit from which the Air Force was born. His selfless service and dedication to country resulted in an active-duty career that spanned from 1940-1962, Goldfein said.


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Col. Todd R. Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, regretfully announces the death of Senior Airman William C. Garber, 21 LRS. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Senior Airman Garber should contact Capt. Lauren P. Prieto, 21 LRS, Summary Courts Office, at 214-733-3446.


Celebrate the Air Force’s 71st birthday at The Club from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. There will be a live band, games, free food, drink specials and more. To complete the party, there will be cake. Join us!


21 CES will be performing road construction on the southbound lanes of Peterson Blvd, just South of the Paine Street intersection. One southbound lane will be closed from Sept. 18 – 21 and again the 24 – 28 which will restrict southbound traffic to a single lane. Expect mild delays at the Peterson and Paine intersection due to the lane restriction and use caution when driving.


The Retiree Information Day will be held Saturday, September 15th at The Club from 8 a.m. until noon. Attendees can plan on getting medical wellness checks, talking with service providers on a variety of issues and getting valuable information. For more information, or register, please contact the Retiree Activities Office at 556-7153 or 333-7877.


If you realize that your retiree ID has expired, whether you are the retiree, spouse, or widow, bring two forms of identification to bldg. 350 from 7:30 – 10 a.m. this Saturday during the Retiree Information Day. The MPF will be open to accommodate people who need to get new ID cards.


To commemorate POW/MIA remembrance week will be hosting several events. Please plan on joining us. • Flag raising 8 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Vosler NCO Academy • Remembrance Ceremony 9 – 10 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Chapel • 24-Hour Run will start at 3 p.m. at the fitness center track Sept. 20 • Retreat Ceremony at 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Vosler NCO



The Peterson Air Force Base Chapel currently has one Children’s Ministry Provider contract position available for bid Sept. 6. Statements of work with full specifications and qualifications along with bid documents can be obtained at the Peterson AFB Chapel Office Bldg. 1410/455 Vincent Street, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Monday thru Friday 7:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. & Sun 9-11a.m. Resumes and sealed bids are due to the Chapel Office no later than 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Qualified applicants will be notified of specific interview date and time on Sept. 7 1:304:30p.m. An interview will be required. Basis of Award is on the best value to the government. A Criminal History Background investigation will be conducted upon contract award. For more information on the application process or these positions, contact Master Sergeant Lance Tressler at 556-4442 or email at


Join The Center for Relationship Education team to learn the skills to navigate the often challenging process of bringing two separate families together as one. This workshop format equips you with practical strategies and helpful ideas that you can begin to apply on site. The workshop will be held at the A&FRC Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in bldg. 350 and lunch will be provided. Register at or call 720-488-8888. Lots of fun activities are planned for the week of Oct. 4 – 12 for fire prevention week. Meet Sparky the dog, get a pizza delivered, and participate in the muster and more! See below. • Tuesday: Sparky will greet people at the West Gate in the morning and there will be a parade through housing from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and pizza delivery from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Wednesday: A fire drill and firefighter visit at the child development center, Main 9 -10 a.m., West 10 – 11 a.m., youth center 3:30 – 4:40 p.m. and pizza delivery in housing from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Thursday: Sparky will greet people at the North Gate in the morning and the firefighters will hold a muster at Station #1 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. To participate call Mr. Grinnell and 556-4242. • Friday: A care fire demonstration at the AAFES parking lot from noon – 2 p.m.

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Air Force participates in Colombian-led search and rescue exercise By Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz

12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs

RIONEGRO, Colombia (AFNS) — Two U.S. Air Force aircraft and more than 90 U.S. Airmen are participating in “Angel de los Andes,” a Colombian-led international search and rescue training exercise Sept. 3-14. The Air Combat Command number 5 unit at Arturo Lema Posada Air Base in Rionegro is the staging ground for the exercise. This is the second time the Colombian Air Force has conducted Angel de los Andes, the first was in 2015. “I’m confident that Angel de los Andes, with its mission to save lives, will extend and further our relationship, cooperation and exchange of best practices which will benefit the U.S. and Colombian Air Forces,” said Colombian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas. “The significant importance of the U.S. being here is that we have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship so we can be prepared to confront future threats together.” One C-17 Globemaster III from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, and one C-130 Hercules from the 133rd Airlift Squadron with the Minnesota Air National Guard are among the eight U.S. Air Force active, guard and reserve components participating. “The U.S. has been our “big brother” for many years and we have a special relationship based on gratitude and respect and that is why they are our guest of honor to this important exercise,” Bueno Vargas said. “While all of the participating countries are important Colombian allies, the U.S. has a special relationship with Colombia since they have helped us overcome our most difficult moments, not only for the Colombian Air Force, but also for Colombia as a whole against narcoterrorism and drug trafficking threats.” The first week of the exercise is focused on responding to natural disaster scenarios that include earthquake response, forest fire and open water rescue, as well as, responding to an aircraft crash. The second week will focus on close air support and combat search and rescue techniques. “In a real world humanitarian assistance disaster response relief event in the U.S. Southern Command AoR we would expect to work with these same partner nations that are participating in this exercise,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Juan Pazarro, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Colombian desk officer. There are more than 400 participants from 12 nations’ air forces, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. “Managing 11 different nations can be challenging but I think that the Colombian’s have done a great job at integrating all of these different countries, all of the capabilities that they bring to this exercise,” Pizarro said. The remaining U.S. units participating are: 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California; 48th Rescue Squadron, 306th Rescue Squadron, 612th Air Operations Center, 943rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) that are all stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

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RIONEGRO, Colombia (AFNS) — Colombian Air Force Major Gen. Rodrigo Alejandro Valencia Guevara, shakes hands with U.S. Air Force participants of the Colombian-led search and rescue exercise Angel de los Andes at Air Combat Command number 5 at Arturo Lema Posada Air Base in Rionegro, Colombia, Sept. 3, 2018.

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RIONEGRO, Colombia (AFNS) — Colombian Air Force military police stand in a formation as the Colombian Air Force Chief of Staff departs Air Combat Command number 5 at Arturo Lema Posada Air Base in Rionegro, Colombia as a C-17 Globemaster III from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina sits on the flightline Sept. 3, 2018.



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Researchers study factors influencing Airmen’s tobacco use during technical training By Shireen Bedi Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Air Force strictly regulates tobacco use during basic and technical training, but some Airmen still use it. Air Force researchers are working with the University of Virginia to uncover why Airmen use tobacco. Retired Air Force Col. G. Wayne Talcott, consultant, Chief of Air Force Health Promotions at Joint Base San AntonioLackland and director, Military Population Health Program at UVA, and Dr. Melissa Little, deputy director, Military Population Health, are researching why young, enlisted Airmen continue to use tobacco despite knowing the risks and impact on readiness and performance. “Around 28 percent of Airmen come into the Air Force already using tobacco,” said Talcott. “Tobacco use isn’t allowed during basic and technical training, so they are essentially forced to quit all through basic training and for the first four weeks of technical training, bringing the total of tobacco-free weeks to 12.” The problem, says Talcott, is that more than half of that 28 percent go back to using tobacco, even though the Air Force has some of the strictest tobacco control policies. Talcott and his team have also found that around 20 percent of new Airmen who have never used tobacco start using after joining. “Those numbers are high,” said Talcott. “What is really interesting is that most of those who initiate or re-initiate tobacco use start during technical training. We want to know why.” To answer this question, Talcott and his team received a five-year grant in May of this year from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study what factors lead Airmen to use tobacco products during technical training. “While interventions and policies discourage tobacco use, there is still an uptake,” said Talcott. “We think that the unique military environment may make it easier for

Airmen to use tobacco. Understanding this could help inform tobacco cessation programs.” Talcott and his team are examining what they call the “built environment” where they look at the physical environment, cost environment and human environment that contribute to Airmen tobacco use. Some of the environmental factors they are looking into are socialization at smoke pits, availability and cost of products off base, and the impact of leadership. “Socializing at the smoke pits has an impact on tobacco use since it is one of the easier ways to for Airmen coming into technical training to meet each other,” said Little. “Before you know it, they end up addicted.” Talcott’s team is also looking at the impact of cost and availability of tobacco products that could contribute to Airmen tobacco use. “We are assessing the pricing and availability of tobacco products off base,” said Little. “In another study we found that the density of tobacco retailers just off military bases is three times the national average.” Since new Airmen learn everything about the Air Force and what it means to be an Airman from their leadership, Talcott’s team is also considering this as a human factor. “We want to look at what messages Airmen get from their leadership,” said Little. “We know those messages really matter to young Airmen. We will interview leaders, commanders, and technical training instructors to get an idea of Airmen’s perceptions and attitudes toward tobacco use.” The researchers have already begun collecting data, which will continue until 2022. They anticipate the results of the study will lead to improvements in tobacco prevention and cessation programs. “Ultimately, we would like to see a training environment, where its leadership, the physical environment, or the cost environment, make it easier for Airmen to make healthier choices when it comes to tobacco use,” said Talcott.

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When can I get my OCPs? 50th Space Wing Public Affairs

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — The official wear date for the operational camouflage pattern uniform is Oct. 1. Some Airmen preparing to deploy, or who have deployed previously and those who have been assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command or Air Force Global Strike Command may already have these uniforms. Others have already purchased OCPs to make sure they are ready come the first week of October. However, there is a caveat attached to the wear date. James Mesco, historian with the 50th Space Wing, has been coordinating with the Air Force Space Command historian’s office to clear official uniform patches. Air Staff Manpower and Personnel, A1, is the authority in ensuring the process is executed. “AFSPC needs a policy letter and/or a revised major command version of AFI 362903,” Mesco said. “The historian’s offices support the wing, groups and squadrons with the appropriate data on their specific emblem once we receive the OCP conversion information through the Institute of Heraldry and the Air Force Historical Research Agency.” In the conversion process, all Air Force heraldry will be examined to figure out the best way to convert the colors of the current emblems into a configuration meeting the OCP color scheme. Once Headquarters Air Force Manpower and Personnel pays for the conversion, anticipated to be within fiscal year 2019 around on or about Oct. 1, production will begin of the

approved patches. This process alone could take a considerable amount of time, according to Mesco. “The conversion process at TIOH will take between six to nine months and the release will be all at once. HAF/A1 will not release them as TIOH completes the action,” Mesco said. “For some units without heraldry or requiring updates, it may take a little longer.” Another challenge in the transition is the uniform itself, since OCPs have been part of the Air Force’s inventory since 2012. Master Sgt. Kathy Blake, superintendent with the 50th Comptroller Squadron, explained manufacturers cannot produce enough OCPs for every Airman to purchase right away. “Even though they are authorized to wear Oct. 1, everyone has not been given the opportunity to own the OCP uniform,” Blake said. “We are all excited for the change and have been given a long three year transition period.” Mesco cautioned purchasing accouterments and uniform sets until local guidance is issued. “Until proper guidance is given, individuals could end up spending unit or personnel funds improperly,” he said. Mesco said the biggest thing to remember is wearing the new uniform Oct. 1 is an option, not a mandate. The wear of the uniform is not mandatory until April 1, 2021. “Be patient,” Blake said. “Approved wearing of the OCP is a step in the right direction in maintaining a single combat utility uniform, bringing back unit patches and most importantly it is giving the Airmen what they have been asking for.” To view the most current guidance for the OCPs, visit: Career-Management/Dress-and-Appearance/.




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AFSPC team trains for 2018 Defender Challenge By Meaghan Dorroh

Air Force Space Command Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Security Forces Airmen from across Air Force Space Command are expected to compete in the 2018 Defender Challenge at Joint Base San Antonio - Camp Bullis, Texas Sept. 10-13, 2018. The Defender Challenge, returning after a 14-year hiatus, is a competition amongst 14 Security Forces teams from Air Force major commands, Great Britain and Germany. The contest aims to develop more lethal and capable security forces Airmen, as well as provide familiarization with U.S.coalition partner

operations. The AFSPC team is comprised of Airmen from each wing - Tech. Sgt. Sinjen Halsey, 21st Security Forces Squadron and team captain; Tech. Sgt. Spencer Wallace, 50th SFS; Senior Airman Leopoldo Ruiz, 30th SFS; Senior Airman James Strohmeier, 21st SFS; Senior Airman Nicholas Rauch, 460th SFS; Airman 1st Class Eric Knierim, 30th SFS; and Airman 1st Class Oscar Delgado, Jr., 45th SFS. Defenders will be tested in weapons scenarios, dismounted operations and physical fitness, for the chance to win the Sadler Cup, held by Great Britain since 2004. The trophy is named after Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, Air Force Chief of Security Police from 1975-1977.

"It's definitely an honor to be a part of Security Forces tradition," said Halsey. "We're showing that we're not only law enforcement and security, but we're also a number one Air Force warfighter." The top members of each AFSPC security forces squadron were chosen to represent the MAJCOM at the international competition. Selectees earned their spots based on their firing ability, physical fitness and combat readiness through tryouts hosted at each base. "It's an honor to be selected from my home station, out of one of the biggest security forces squadrons in the Air Force, to come represent Air Force Space Command," said Knierim. "I'm happy to be here with my team."

Team members arrived at Peterson Air Force Base Sept. 1, 2018, to begin a seven-day training program. Room clearing simulations, land navigation exercises and firearms training filled their schedules, topped off by a 60 pound ruck march up the 2,744 step Manitou Incline hiking trail, at a 2,000 foot elevation gain. "Training has been really tough. We're trying to push all of these Airmen physically and mentally past their limits," said Halsey. Though the Airmen have not served as a team together before, their training quickly bonded them with a unique brotherhood. "Our team clicked within the first half hour to 45 minutes we were together, and we were already

knocking each other," said Knierim. "We've only gotten closer and I wish we could train together for longer than the time we have." AFSPC Commander Gen. Jay Raymond said he has the utmost confidence in the team as they compete against their rivals at the 2018 Defender Challenge. "We are extremely proud of our Defenders who are representing the command at Camp Bullis next week," said Raymond. "These Airmen truly represent the best of the Air Force's Security Forces." Follow the Defender Challenge team's progress in San Antonio at AirForceSpaceCommand/.

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Fourteen Security Forces teams from U.S. Air Force major commands, Great Britain and Germany will be testing their skills in realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and grueling combat endurance events as part of the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge, to be held Sept. 10-13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas. The team with the most combined points wins the coveted Defender Challenge Championship Trophy. Great Britain has held the trophy since winning it at the last Defender Challenge in 2004.


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(U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Senior Airman Gabriel Carrington, 21st Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, demonstrates weapons during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Sept. 8, 2018. K.U.D.O.S. is a program developed to give children a deeper understanding of the military deployment process their parents go through before deploying to support the overseas mission.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Children took part in comba Deployment Operations on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Se children to go through their own mock deployment and learn of w

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Children line up during the in-processing for Kids Understanding Deployment Operation at the R. P. Lee Youth Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Sept. 8, 2018. K.U.D.O.S. is a program that helps military children understand what their families go through during the deployment process.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BAS family members during the co Operations outside the audito 8, 2018. K.U.D.O.S. is a progra the military deployment proce

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Military children run through an obstacle course for the Kids Understanding Deployment Operations event at Patriot Park on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Sept. 8, 2018. K.U.D.O.S. is designed to ease the strain of deployments on military families by showing the children a little of what their parents go through pre-deployment.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Family members wait for their children to return from the Kids Understanding Deployment Operations event outside the auditorium on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Sept, 8, 2018. K.U.D.O.S. is an event geared toward enhancing military children’s knowledge of what their parents experience pre-deployment.

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AF week in photos FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — This week’s photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

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Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 347th Operations Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, performs pull ups during a Pre-Ranger Assessment Course, Aug. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

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Airmen with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing prepare to load cargo on a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia after transporting cargo between U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Central Command, Aug. 28, 2018.

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Volunteers from the 823rd Red Horse Squadron, and a base housing privatization team, unload rocks from a boat for a reef project along the coast of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 24, 2018.

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Tactical Air Control Party Airmen with the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, New Jersey Air National Guard, demonstrate a special extraction system while hanging from a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, during the 2018 Atlantic City International Airshow at Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22, 2018.

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Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team pilot and commander, performs a high-speed pass during the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto, Sept. 1, 2018.

The 50th Operations Support Squadron’s softball team was named wing champions at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 22, 2018.


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Peterson Exchange offers special savings for Air Force’s birthday on Sept. 18 By Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — It was 71 years ago that the United States Air Force became an independent military branch, and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is marking the birthday with one-day discounts and savings at all its locations. “We’re privileged to serve our Warfighters in the Air Force every day at the Exchange,” said General Manager Lawrence Simmons Jr. “But this is a special opportunity for us to celebrate our Airmen and their families and let them know how grateful we are to them.” Airmen and military shoppers can visit the Peterson Exchange for more details on special offers. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Alexx Pons)

By Staff Sgt. Frank Casciotta 302nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Eight Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing are set to add another stripe to their sleeves after earning an early promotion through the Air Force Reserve Stripes for Exceptional Performers II program. The STEP II program recognizes enlisted reservists throughout the Air Force Reserve Command who prove themselves as exceptional performers within their career field and their ability to serve in the rank they promote in to. On Oct. 1, Master Sgts. Shane Palm, 302nd AW Safety Office, and Jeanette Rummel, 731st Airlift Squadron, will promote to the rank of senior master sergeant. Tech. Sgts. Jamila Bryant, 302nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Randy

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History office plays key role in OCP emblem-to-patch conversion By Marisa Alia-Novobilski Air Force Materiel Command

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Jack Waid, a historian at Air Force Materiel Command Headquarters, explains the significance of heraldic symbols during a Lunch-and-Learn Lecture on Emblems and Patches at AFMC headquarters. Since early recorded history, warring tribes often carried banners or flags marked with emblems to represent factions and motivate their warriors to fight for the cause; it is to this historical tradition that we can trace the evolution of military emblems and patches, said Waid. but once it is converted to cloth to become a patch, it becomes the property of the A1 (Office of Personnel) uniform office,” said Waid. “A unit’s history and lineage goes with an emblem whereas a patch is a wearable symbol of pride, history, warrior spirit and honor.” With more than 311 units across AFMC and nearly twothirds either lacking an emblem or possessing one that does not meet Air Force standards, the history office is working diligently to manage the internal OCP conversion workload in conjunction with The Institute of Heraldry and Air Force Office of Personnel while protecting unit lineage and honors. TIOH has a prioritized unit list for emblem to patch conversions, with units at bases receiving the OCP uniforms first at the top.

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Longstanding military conventions, often overlooked despite their significance, were the topic of a recent history-focused lunch-and-learn lecture at Air Force Materiel Command headquarters. Since early recorded history, warring tribes often carried banners or flags marked with emblems to represent factions and motivate their warriors to fight for the cause. It is to this historical tradition that we can trace the evolution of military emblems and patches, said AFMC historian Jack Waid, during an in-depth look at the relevance and importance of heraldic symbols to airpower today. “Organizations use visible, enduring symbols to promote spirit de corps, morale and a sense of heritage,” said Waid. “Air Force heraldry in the form of emblems and subsequently patches give Airmen a connection to the past and the motivation to live up to the proud lineage from which they come.” As the Air Force begins transitioning from the current Airman Battle Uniform to the Operational Camouflage Pattern, there is a renewed focus on emblems and patches across Air Force units, said Waid, as Airmen will once again be able to wear unit patches on their sleeves. Patch wear was phased out when the ABU was deployed in 2007. “Since ABUs did not authorize the wearing of patches, as new units were established, emblems became second thought,” said Waid. “Now that patches are again authorized, units with emblems are scrambling to put together packages so they can convert these to patches for wear. It’s keeping us busy.” A key point that units need to understand, said Waid, is that just because a unit has an emblem, it does not automatically mean that they are authorized a patch to wear. “The AFI (Air Force Instruction) clearly defines what is and is not a unit. Major Commands, centers, wings, groups and squadrons are units, but directorates, divisions, branches, detachments and operating locations are not,” said Waid. “Units have an official lineage and history, and it is the lineage that determines eligibility for a unique emblem and patch design.” Emblems and patches are completely separate entities maintained by different Air Force offices as well. “Most people think an emblem is a patch and a patch is an emblem; this is incorrect. Our office deals with emblems,

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For the initial uniform roll-out, Air Force major commands, centers and wings will see patches first, with groups and squadrons a possibility in the future. “It is important to make sure the time-honored Air Force unit patch returns to the uniform properly so that units can display their heritage with pride,” Waid said. AFMC organizations can contact their Wing or Center history offices with specific questions regarding their unit emblem as well as patch authorization. AFMC History Office processes official heraldry requests through the Air Force Historical Research Agency in conjunction with TIOH. Specific Air Force guidance can be found in AFI 84-101, Historical Products, Services and Requirement and AFI 84105, Organizational Lineage, Honors and Heraldry.


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928 S. Harmony Drive Pueblo West • $234,900

1740 Aldrin Place Park Ridge • $65,000

19030 Good Life View Eastern Plains • $156,000

6055 Big Horn Road Crystal Park • $70,000

19270 Good Life View Eastern Plains • $156,000

0000 Waterfall Loop Crystal Park • $83,900

19271 Good Life View Eastern Plains • $156,000

545 Sunrise Peak Drive Crystal Park • $85,000

19751 Good Life View Eastern Plains • $156,000

1625 N. Murray Boulevard #115 Five Fountains • $94,900

18386 Prairie Coach View Eastern Plains • $157,500


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18385 Prairie Coach View Eastern Plains • $163,000

19031 Good Life View Eastern Plains • $153,000


We proudly serve active duty military, federal civil service, National Guard/ Reservist, **DoD contractors and retired military



17946 Prairie Coach View Eastern Plains • $159,000

1655 Aldrin Place Park Ridge • $65,000


We are dedicated to serving you, with comfortable homes, no monthly petrent, *utilities included in rent, 24/7 emergency maintenance and more, there is so much to love! Living is easy when you choose Tierra Vista at Peterson or Schriever Air Force Base.


18605 Prairie Coach View Eastern Plains • $159,000

5689 Tomiche Drive Ridgewood • $215,000


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1825 N. Keymar Drive Pueblo West • $234,900 New Construction/Under Contract

1122 Arcadia Street Hastings • $330,000 Under Contract

9706 Fleece Flower Way Meridian Ranch • $365,000 15590 Castlegate Court Kingswood • $625,000 8470 Aspenglow Lane Cascade • $825,000

Stagecoach Ranch on the Range $150,000-$167,000 Twenty 35 acre ranch parcels available priced from $150,000-$167,000 in this brand new upscale equestrian subdivision near Peyton Hwy & Hwy 94. Mountain views.

* Utility allowance based on community average. ** DoD contractor housing available at Schriever only.

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SPACE OBSERVER Thursday, September 13, 2018


You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Vehicle.



2015 FORD TRANSIT CARGO VAN Auto, A/C, fully loaded & value priced. Ready to work! Stock# 183539A



2012 MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN S TURBO — 6-speed, leather, alloys, fully loaded. Sharp car! Stock# 183710A



2010 CHEVY CAMARO Only 27,000 original miles. Auto, rallye stripes, loaded! Stock# 10819

Something to fit ALL budgets! Over 200 Cars, Trucks, Vans & 4x4’s in Stock! All prices plus tax. No additional dealer fees.

719.475.1920 1080 Motor City Drive We Buy Used Cars Too!



2017 KIA SEDONA – Auto, power sliding doors, 8-pasenger, alloy wheels, loaded & factory warranty. Stock# 10823



2018 FORD EDGE AWD SEL Only 6,000 miles, auto, leather, heated seats, alloy wheels, loaded! Stock# 10856



2017 FORD T-350 CARGO VAN Hail special. Low miles, bulkhead divider, auto, loaded! Stock# 10835



2018 CHEVY CAMARO CONVERTIBLE R/S PACKAGE — Low miles, auto, power seat, 20” alloys, rear spoiler, factory warranty. Stock# 10821



2017 GMC SIERRA Only 9,000 miles, auto, A/C, fully loaded, 5.3 V-8, bed liner. Stock #10773







2013 CHEVY CRUZE Auto, A/C, AM/FM/CD, polished alloy wheels, privacy tint, fully loaded! Stock# 190409A



2017 HYUNDAI VELOSTAR Auto, A/C, AM/FM/CD, alloy wheels, privacy glass, loaded! Stock# 10814



2018 KIA FORTE LX POPULAR Auto, A/C, AM/FM/CD, fully loaded. Sporty & economical! Stock# 10853



2017 DODGE RAM HEMI LONGBED 2018 NISSAN SENTRA SR Only 7,000 miles. Auto, heated seats, Low miles, auto, fully loaded, bed liner. Hail special. Great work truck! alloys, rear spoiler, factory warranty. Stock# 10849 Stock# 10837



2017 NISSAN FRONTIER X CAB Low, low miles, auto, A/C, AM/FM/CD, great M.P.G.! Stock# 10852



22018 FORD FOCUS ST Low miles, 6-speed, alloys, turbo, loaded! Factory warranty. Stock# 10854



2017 CADILLAC XTS AWD 2016 FORD F-150 LARIAT ECO-BOOST Auto, leather, cold weather package, CREW CAB 4 X 4 – Auto, navigation, alloys, loaded! leather, moonroof, heated seats. Stock# 10815 Super sharp truck! Stock# 190326A



2012 Audi A4 QUATTRO PRESTIGE EDITION — Low miles, auto, leather, monroof, navigation, heated seats. Sharp car! Stock# 184588A



2015 MERCEDES C-300 AWD Auto, leather, alloys, fully loaded. Value-priced luxury. Stock# 10846



2018 FORD T-350 15-PASSENGER MEDIUM ROOF VAN — Low miles, auto, rear A/C, original MSRP over $46,000. Stock# 10842

Peterson Space Observer Sept. 13, 2018  
Peterson Space Observer Sept. 13, 2018