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By Airman Alexis Christian, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 02, 2019
Col. Thomas Flazarano, 21st Space Wing commander, meets with Airman First Class James McKinney, 21st Force Support Squadron fitness specialist, Sept. 6, 2019 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. McKinney is one of the Airmen from Peterson that helps to maintain the fitness centers inside of the Mountain. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Alexis Christian)
Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, prepares to take off the fire gear used during the training exercise he took part in sept. 6, 2019 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. Falzarano had the chance to participate in the training exercise to see how the Airman there train for their particular mission. (u.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)
Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander walks out of the fire training area at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, Sept. 6, 2019 after participating in a training exercise with the Fire Department located at the Mountain. Training exercises like this help train the fire fighters how to anticipate how fire will react under certain conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis Christian)
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, also frequently known as the mountain, is home to Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and civilians dedicated to protecting the United States by monitoring space warning systems.
Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, visited CMAFS Sept. 6, 2019 to see the military and civilian members who work there and understand what they need to keep this crucial mission going.
Falzarano Began his visit by addressing a crowd of military members and civilians, explaining his priorities and goals for the wing. He explained the impact of his three R’s, respect, readiness and responsibility on the Airmen under his command. He then talked about his hope that those present would focus on creating connections in their offices to help enhance resiliency in their units, emphasizing the idea that individuals can make a great impact on the lives of others by genuinely caring and taking time to listen to what they have to say.
He had the chance to visit the medical and fitness centers, the newly renovated chapel, the Missile Warning Centers and control rooms as well as view the infrastructure. While visiting, he spoke with at least one Airman working in each area, to better understand what their day-to-day struggles and operations are.
To finish the visit, Falzarano went to Fire Station Two located on CMAFS and suited up with the firefighters to participate in a training exercise.
After the exercise, Falzarano coined each of the Airmen in the fire department, and in return he was coined by the fire chief.
“It’s a privilege to have a wing commander that wants to know more about your job and learn what you do every day,” said Staff Sgt. Josh Scott, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron driver. “It shows a lot about his character, with how he wants to know what we do on a daily basis.”