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  • An open letter to the men and women of the 21st Space Wing

    Knights, 32 years ago when I started my military career at as a freshman at Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, my goal was to graduate and receive a commission in the United States Air Force. A stretch goal was promotion to captain. The honor of serving as the vice wing commander of the 21st Space Wing was beyond consideration. When I was selected for this dream assignment, I was concerned that it surely couldn’t be as exceptional as I imagined. Now, after three years in the seat, I can say that this assignment has been everything I imagined and more. It has unequivocally been the highlight of my career because of the great Airmen I have been honored to serve.
  • Introducing space to the next generation

    Operating in the space domain requires significant technical expertise and education. Part of ensuring our dominance in the space domain is maintaining a talent pool of technical experts. One way of maintaining this talent pool is by motivating the next generation to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math degrees and careers. Without upcoming scientist, technicians and engineers, our military’s future superiority will be compromised.
  • National Trails Day 2018

    June 2, 2018 was National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System. The event was a nationwide effort to improve trails and clean up trash along them. The American Hiking Society goal this year was to improve 2,802 miles of trail in one day!
  • Financial tips for successful PCS & travel pay

    C-P-T-S! Show Me the Money! You may have heard the 21st Comptroller Squadron cheer at a few events. This high energy comptroller staff of professionals is ready to provide you with top-notch customer service for all your finance needs. As we head into the summer months, we often get questions on PCS entitlements and tips to make any PCS, TDY, or even deployment travel voucher a smooth financial transition. To help you prepare, the comptroller team put together several tips to keep your books balanced:
  • 101 days of summer: Have fun, think safety

    It seems like just yesterday as I perused Facebook, a post caught my attention with “Today’s the 110th day of January!” Yep, with all the snow in April, it felt like Colorado’s winter would never end. Fortunately, the cold weather has finally moved on, and summer will be quickly upon us.
  • Being a Filipino American in today’s Air Force

    My family immigrated to America when I was 3 years old. My dad was talked into it by his older brother who was already living in California during the ‘70s. My dad was sold when my uncle told him about all the opportunities America had versus the Philippines. Immigrating to a new country with no money was rough to say the least. With the help of relatives and the hard work of my parents, our family was finally able to stand on our own feet and eventually buy our first house, an American dream in itself.
  • Resistance is futile

    I’ve had the honor and privilege of being a Knight for just over a month. It’s been an exciting month of change: change for me and change for the 721st Communication Squadron. These changes can be lumped into three categories: self-initiated, forced or status quo. However, no matter how change presents itself, it is ultimately about how we respond to (or even embrace) the change in our lives.
  • Suicide prevention and awareness

    “Each year, 44,965 Americans die by suicide;” despite expert beliefs that this figure is underestimated due to the negative stigma surrounding suicide and poor data collection systems in-place (afsp.org). Even closer to home, “suicide is the leading cause of death of Active Duty Airmen,” with 151 reported from August 2016 through August 2017 (af.mil).
  • Technical prowess

    “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.” This is the opening stanza to the Rifleman’s Creed. This simple sentence relays how intertwined the rifleman and the rifle are. The rifleman knows his rifle, inside and out. The rifleman owns the rifle, not as a piece of property, but as an extension of themselves. These simple words ring true for all riflemen and translate directly to all services and across all every sovereign nation. Those that know their weapon, know themselves.
  • Month of the Military Child

    April is National Keep America Beautiful month. April is also the Month of the Military Child. It could be argued that military children are what make America so beautiful. A military child has a resilient resolve that deployments, new schools, losing old friends and then having to start new relationships are taken in stride. A military child might not fully understand why there will be missed birthdays, holidays, sports and recitals, but they accept it.
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