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21st Space Wing commander hosts all call

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander discusses the history of the General Thomas S. Moorman Jr. Trophy with 21st Space Wing personnel after presenting the award to the 21st Space Wing on April 21, 2016 during the 21st Space Wing commander’s call. The Moorman Award recognizes the best overall wing in Air Force Space Command. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander discusses the history of the General Thomas S. Moorman Jr. Trophy with 21st Space Wing personnel after presenting the award to the 21st Space Wing on April 21, 2016 during the 21st Space Wing commander’s call. The Moorman Award recognizes the best overall wing in Air Force Space Command. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Col. Douglas Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander speaks with Team Pete personnel during the morning commander’s call on April 21, 2016. The 21st Space Wing received the General Thomas S. Moorman Jr. Trophy from Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander, for best overall wing in Air Force Space Command. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Col. Douglas Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander speaks with Team Pete personnel during the morning commander’s call on April 21, 2016. The 21st Space Wing received the General Thomas S. Moorman Jr. Trophy from Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander, for best overall wing in Air Force Space Command. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander presents the General Thomas S. Moorman Jr. Trophy to the 21st Space Wing for best overall wing in Air Force Space Command on April 21, 2016 during the 21st Space Wing Commander’s Call.  Accepting the trophy (from left) Senior Airman Megan Karlsen, 21st Security Forces Squadron, Staff Sgt. Josh Heroux, 21st Medical Group, Master Sgt. Chad Boucher, 721st Security Forces Squadron, Capt. Cesar Carvajal, 21st Operations Group, Carrie Granzella, 21st Comptroller Squadron, Col. Douglas Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander and Chief Master Sgt. Nanette Klingaman, 721st Mission Support Group superintendent. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Gen. John E. Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander presents the General Thomas S. Moorman Jr. Trophy to the 21st Space Wing for best overall wing in Air Force Space Command on April 21, 2016 during the 21st Space Wing Commander’s Call. Accepting the trophy (from left) Senior Airman Megan Karlsen, 21st Security Forces Squadron, Staff Sgt. Josh Heroux, 21st Medical Group, Master Sgt. Chad Boucher, 721st Security Forces Squadron, Capt. Cesar Carvajal, 21st Operations Group, Carrie Granzella, 21st Comptroller Squadron, Col. Douglas Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander and Chief Master Sgt. Nanette Klingaman, 721st Mission Support Group superintendent. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, hosted his second Commander's Call of the year April 21, 2016.

During the morning session, Gen. John Hyten, Air Force Space Command commander, presented the Gen. Thomas W. Moorman award, recognizing the 21st Space Wing as the best wing in AFSPC.

Video of the presentation was replayed at the afternoon session, followed by several individual and unit awards.

After the award presentations, Schiess reiterated the 21st SW mission, vision and priorities.

"I know we've talked about this in the past, but I think it's always important to go back to the beginning and see what our mission, vision and priorities are so we all know where we fit in the big picture," he said.

Schiess used several examples to highlight how units across the globe accomplish the 21st SW mission of "Execute global capabilities to defend the homeland and secure space for our nation and allies." He then charged the audience with finding their place in accomplishing the mission, vision and priorities.

Next, Schiess discussed the importance of the Commander's Inspection Program.

"This isn't about painting the grass," he said. "This (program) is about doing your job every day and the ability of the commanders, chiefs, senior NCOs and flight commanders to be able to continuously document things we know we are not doing correct, fix them, and then move on."

Schiess then highlighted summer safety and stressed the importance of proper planning prior to performing outdoor events or sporting activities. He also talked about DUIs and having a plan to get home safely.

"We have a fantastic Airman Against Drunk Driving program and we have fantastic supervisors who are going to take care of people," he said. "Let's continue to make wise decisions."

Schiess then turned the floor over to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Lorinda Pirrie, who talked about Sexual Assault Prevention Month and the two themes "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part, Do Your Part" and #Not Just April. She was followed by Senior Master Sgt. Pamela Condon, who discussed the Green Dot violence prevention program and its implementation at Peterson AFB.

Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Persichetti, 21st Mission Support Group, then took the stage to discuss the importance and ramifications of not completing enlisted professional military education Course 15 and Course 14v6 on time.

Persichetti told the audience that from notification, enrollees have one year to complete required EPME or face the consequences.

"Why do they give you a year," Persichetti asked. "Because (these classes) are hard. We need you to take this more seriously. We need you to put in the time. This is your career. As NCOs this is your responsibility."

Following the EPME brief, Schiess' wife Debbie discussed April as the month of the military child and several previous and upcoming events geared toward military families.

"These are events supporting our kids," she said. "They are our greatest treasure."
She also talked about communication challenges, particularly for military spouses, and encouraged the members to educate their family members as to the best places to get information about what's going on at Peterson.

Schiess concluded the call with a question and answer session, answering questions submitted prior to the event as well as questions from the audience.

Schiess hosts commander's calls quarterly.

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