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Commander’s call focuses on Airmen’s character

By Staff Sgt. Amanda Delisle

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 50th Space Wing gathered in the Main Fitness Center here April 9 for a commander’s call focusing on Year of Leadership topic, character, and other current issues.

Col. Cary Chun, 50th SW commander, started the call by congratulating award winners at various levels throughout recent months, noting the contribution of unit support to individual achievement and the correlation between Airmen’s character and their ability to continually excel.

“Character isn’t just who we are at work, but also outside of the work environment,” said Colonel Chun.

Colonel Chun quoted Gen. Douglas McArthur from a 1962 speech given to West Point cadets, illustrating the similarities from his key points and the Air Force core values today.

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you want to be, what you can be, what you will be,” Colonel Chun said. “…Not so different than our core values.”

Colonel Chun said these points, like the AF core values and Airman’s Creed, are the foundation of our character development.

Although a primary focus was put on character during the commander’s call, other timely subjects were discussed such as a Culture of Responsible Choices, sexual assault awareness and base housing.

First Lt. Rebecca Casey, 4th Space Operations Squadron, discussed the CoRC program slogan “work hard-play smart,” and its goal of changing the mindset of Airmen to be personally responsible and accountable for their decision-making and behavior on and off duty. She also pointed out the heavy focus specifically on preventing alcohol misuse.

A chairperson for CoRC, Lieutenant Casey asked for Airmen to visit https://eis.afspc.ds.af.mil/base/Schriever/CoRC/default.aspx to make suggestions for activities and to learn more.

This event and similar ones give Airmen an activity to do when they’re bored, when bad choices are often made, she said.

“It’s not that you can’t have fun; just be smart and responsible when you do,” said Lieutenant Casey.

Colonel Chun followed up by pointing out that the wing hasn’t had a DUI in four months and thanked everyone for making smart choices and looking out for each other.

Tricia Czepiel, sexual assault response coordinator, echoed the importance of taking care of one another in her briefing on sexual assault awareness. One in six women in America will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime, a statistic she called inexcusable. Additionally, every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. In 2008, the Department of Defense had an eight percent increase in sexual assault reports, a statistic she found the positive side of.

“While the media played with that and had a real field day, we think it’s a good thing,” said Ms. Czepiel.

The figure in this report means people are becoming more comfortable talking about sexual assault which is a positive thing, she said.

Although it’s not been used thus far, to show the seriousness of the Air Force’s zero tolerance policy on sexual assaults, perpetrators may now be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for which the maximum punishment is death, Ms. Czepiel said.

Judy Dickson, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron supervisory asset manager, continued the meeting by notifying troops of another important topic for Airmen.

An upcoming town hall meeting about relocation for Peterson and Schriever housing residents is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 5 at the Peterson Base Theater. Additionally, the housing office will soon move to Building T-65, Airman and Family Readiness Center. Ms. Dickson also pointed out some of the amenities coming to the base community, such as an indoor heated pool, outdoor splash park, playgrounds, picnic areas and more.

Colonel Chun noted that his aim is to have an open house available for Airmen to visit soon. The first home is slated to be completed in June 2009.

The wing commander concluded his call by re-emphasizing character. He told the story of a container filled with large rocks, followed by smaller pebbles, sand, then finally water, until it was completely full. He pointed out that if the largest rocks weren’t put in first, they wouldn’t have fit at the end. He related this scenario with the priorities in each Airman’s life and their character.

“What are the big rocks in your life? Are you putting them in first? Those are the things that are essential to who you are.”

A video file of the commander’s call is available at http://glens0057-iptv/ListContent4.aspx.

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