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Peterson Space Observer

First quarter commander’s call emphasizes individual resiliency

By Lea Johnson

21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Resiliency was the word during the commander’s call March 9, at the base auditorium.

The 21st Space Wing participated in an Air Force-wide stand down day in January to promote resiliency in the work place.

“Resiliency, to me, is a very personal thing,” said Col. Chris Crawford, 21st SW commander. “Each individual has those different areas where they have needs and those needs change over time.”

To improve the wing’s continuing focus on resiliency, the focus is being pushed down to the squadron level. “The idea of pushing it down is not just to give you flexibility so it’s easier, it’s to make it more effective so the squadron commander, the flight commander, the section lead who is watching their folks can tailor it to each individual’s need,” he said.

The improvement comes from feedback Crawford received from January’s resiliency day. The goal, he said, is to create true resiliency, not just check off a requirement.

The wing performs many critical missions for the security of the nation, he said, and the people who perform that mission are vital. “Not only is the mission done by the people, if you really think about it, the mission is the people. Because what are we defending? We’re defending an idea, that of a liberal democracy, the first of its kind on the planet. If we circle it all the way back, not only do we do a mission, we are the mission because we are individual Americans,” he said.

Crawford said to expect more resiliency events this summer and fall.

And as summer approaches, so does the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign.

Master Sgt. Rick Renzi, 21st Force Support Squadron, announced the upcoming AFAF campaign. “You can give to the Air Force Aid Society, the Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widows Fund, the Air Force Village Indigent Widows Fund, and the Gen. and Mrs. Curtis LeMay foundation,” he said.

This year, Peterson’s goal is to raise $91,301. The campaign will run from March 26 to May 4.

Social media and feedback to senior leaders was also discussed.

According to 1st Lt. Holly Hess, 21st SW Public Affairs chief, there is a new, additional Action Line phone number for the wing. The Peterson AFB and mission partners’ Action Line is still 556-7777. The new line, for the 21st SW and its globally separated units is 552-2121. “It’s a direct link to the commander and he encourages its use,” she said.

Hess also encouraged Airmen to become familiar with the wing’s Facebook and public web pages.

Another topic of interest was the recent exercise.

As part of the recent Condor Crest exercise, a phishing e-mail was sent out to 2,973 users by the Communication Focal Point. “The instructions included prompting the user to activate macros on an un-trusted document allowing a virus to take hold of the network,” said Staff Sgt. Melinda Edwards, 21st Communication Squadron.

There are several ways network users can identify a phishing email. “(The email) asks users to visit links or sites and it may ask you to enable untrusted software. It may also have incorrect signature blocks, bad grammar, or incorrect office symbols,” she said.

If a user suspects they have received a phishing e-mail, they should not open it or any attachments and contact your unit’s Information Assurance Officer. Many phishing attempts will direct users to a fake but legitimate looking web site, where users will be prompted to enter personal information into a fraudulent system.

Phishing can result in stolen passwords and user names, credit card information and identity theft and is a real threat to the network.

Another real threat is bomb threats, which were also discussed. A yellow Air Force Form 440 should be located next to every land line phone on base for use in case of a bomb threat. Kyle Tibbetts, 21st Security Forces Squadron investigator, said it’s important to use this form to collect as much information as possible from a threatening phone call.

A review of political campaign rules was also on the agenda.

It’s important that military members understand what they can and cannot do legally to support a candidate. “You have the First Amendment right to express yourself but you have to be smart and professional about how you do that,” said Lt. Col. Ira Perkins, 21st SW staff judge advocate.

Campaigns for this year’s presidential election are in full force and it is important that all military members know how to obtain a ballot. “We have voting representatives, we have web pages. If you want your voice heard, you’re going to be able to have somebody hear it,” he said.

Spring and summer are looking like a busy time for the 21st SW and in order to remain the best place to live, work and play, Team Pete needs to be resilient and look out for one another.

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