21st Space Wing stands up new space control squadron (Photo)Peterson Air Force Base - 07/27/16 7:00 AM VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Col. Troy Endicott, 21st Operations Group commander, assigns command of the 18th Space Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Scott Putnam, 18th SPCS commander, during an assumption of command ceremony July 22, 2016, at Vandenber
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Col. Troy Endicott, 21st Operations Group commander, assigns command of the 18th Space Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Scott Putnam, 18th SPCS commander, during an assumption of command ceremony July 22, 2016, at Vandenber
The 21st Space Wing, headquartered at Peterson AFB, Colorado, stood up the 18th Space Control Squadron on July 22 during a ceremony at Vandenberg AFB, California.
The 18th SPCS will fall under the 21st Operations Group, and will assume the satellite catalog mission from the 614th Air Operations Center, also located at Vandenberg.
"We are excited to have the 18th SPCS join the 21st Operations Group," said Lt. Col. John Thien, 21st OG deputy commander. "With the 18th SPCS as the focal point for our nation's Space Situational Awareness mission, the assumption into the 21 Operations Group will drive great tactical synergy alongside our other SSA units."
The squadron's orbital predictions are a key part to maintaining space superiority. The realignment of this space control squadron to the 21st Space Wing will realize the synergy of pairing the tactical command and control organization with the space surveillance network systems.
The newly created 18th Space Control Squadron will maintain the satellite catalog by processing observations of objects launched into space, currently on orbit, or re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, including more than 1,400 active objects and 22,000 pieces of debris. The unit conducts advanced analysis on special events on orbit, maintenance of sensor tasking and calibration, and execution of U.S. Strategic Command's Space Situational Awareness Sharing Strategy. The 18th SPCS is also responsible for maintaining the Space Common Operating Picture and disseminating the COP as required.
The 18th SPCS will consist of about 70 personnel. Manning will come from 614th AOC and does not result in an increase in total Air Force manning positions. The squadron is commanded by Lt. Col. Scott Putnam.
Moving the space catalog mission from the 614th AOC will allow the AOC to focus more on Battle Management Command and Control in support of U.S. Strategic Command objectives.
The 18th SPCS also includes reassigning the current missions of the 614th AOC, Detachment 1, when it is reorganized as 18th SPCS Det. 1, Dahlgren, Virginia. Detachment 1 will monitor data from the Space Surveillance Network and serve as the SSA backup when activated. The detachment continuously samples sensor data and augments the Space Catalog during planned and unplanned system outages.Attached Media Files: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Col. Troy Endicott, 21st Operations Group commander, assigns command of the 18th Space Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Scott Putnam, 18th SPCS commander, during an assumption of command ceremony July 22, 2016, at Vandenber
Air Force supplies alternate drinking waterPeterson Air Force Base - 07/21/16 2:56 PM
The Air Force has awarded $108,000 as part of a larger contract to provide alternate drinking water to Widefield, Security and Fountain residents whose water may be contaminated with perflourinated compounds, or PFCs.
Bristol/Weston was selected through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers July 20 to deliver bulk drinking water to private well owners and small systems that exceed the health advisory limit and don't have another source of water. Working with El Paso County Public Health, the Air Force is funding the drinking water supplies as part of a $4.3 million rapid response contract that will also fund development and installation of a temporary water treatment system to treat drinking water in the area.
The initial contract will fund a water company to place five-gallon water bottles in locations identified by El Paso County Public Health.
"As good stewards of the environment, we take any environmental concerns seriously that could impact our neighbors and communities," said Lt. Col. Chad Gemeinhardt, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron commander at Peterson AFB. "The Air Force is using a comprehensive approach to identify and respond to the PFC contamination of drinking water, and providing clean water is an essential first step."
Public Health is working to identify the homes and businesses on private wells or small drinking water systems which were above the PFC health advisory limit and need alternative sources of drinking water. The small drinking water systems include: Fountain Valley Shopping Center, Security Mobile Home Park, Pentecostal Assembly Church and NORAD Mobile Home Park. El Paso County Public Health encourages residents on private wells to call (719) 575-8602 to learn about private well testing and the option for those on private wells to receive bulk drinking water delivery.
The initial award provides additional time to customize solutions for large and small water systems, including possible options for water filtration units to go into homes with private wells. Information on those contract awards will be announced when plans are finalized.
Silver Key Makes Move from West Side (Photo)Silver Key Senior Services - 07/19/16 12:46 PM
July 19, 2016, Colorado Springs, CO - On August 1, 2016, Silver Key Senior Services will officially move to its new home at 1605 -- 1655 S. Murray ending more than 38 years as a west side resident. Since 1978, Silver Key has occupied the buildings at the corner of Bott and Robinson, providing transportation, nutrition, and case management assistance to seniors in the greater Colorado Springs area.
The last day for case management and pantry assistance at the Bott location is July 27th. After that date, all client services will originate from the S. Murray campus.
The decision to move to a new location was made more than three years ago, after it was determined that the Bott location was not adequate to meet the need of the quickly expanding senior population. The building had gone through a few renovations over the years, but more work was needed. An extensive search began and the campus on S. Murray was deemed to be the best choice.
The renovation, build-out, and move was originally planned to take place in phases over a two -- three year period with Phase I of the build-out and renovation of the new commercial kitchen completed in September 2015. At that time both Meals on Wheels and the Golden Circle Nutrition Programs began operating from the S. Murray campus. The sale of the Bott property has moved the timeline for relocation up by a year.
Since 1971, Silver Key has provided vital services to seniors in our community, allowing them to live independently, with safety, dignity and respect. The legacy of caring and excellent customer service will continue after the move but from a welcoming, senior-friendly space with room to grow.Attached Media Files: Silver Key on Bott , Silver Key Sign at S. Murray
Calling Citizens Interested in Serving on the District 11 School BoardColorado Springs Dist. 11 - 07/15/16 5:25 PM
Date: July 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Devra Ashby, 520-2286
Doris Hensley, 520-2004
LuAnn Long, 235-2311
Calling Citizens Interested In Serving on the District 11 School Board
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will soon fill a Board vacancy. Are you interested in serving the community in such a capacity? If so, please read the information below and plan to attend the orientation meeting on Monday, August 1, at 6 p.m. in the Board Room at the District 11 Administration Building, 1115 N. El Paso Street.
Each candidate must provide a signed affidavit certifying that:
o The candidate has been a registered elector of District 11 for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of the appointment;
o The candidate has not been convicted of a sexual offense against a child;
o The candidate has not been found guilty of a felony; and
o The candidate has not served on the District 11 Board for two consecutive terms, which ended less than four years prior to the date he/she will take office if appointed.
August 1 at 6 pm: Board Orientation -- An opportunity for those interested to learn what is expected of a Board member at the District 11 Administration Building, 1115 N. El Paso Street.
August 4 at 6 pm: Board Meet and Greet-- An opportunity for those interested to introduce themselves to the Board at the District 11 Administration Building, 1115 N. El Paso Street.
August 8 at 6 pm: Board Work Session-- Board discussion on candidates at the District 11 Administration Building, 1115 N. El Paso Street.
August 10 at 6:30 pm: Regular Board Meeting -- Board decision on the appointment to the Board member vacancy at the District 11 Administration Building, 1115 N. El Paso Street.
Submit resume and signed Affidavit of School Director Candidate for Appointment regarding Qualifications for Office by August 3, 2016, 4 p.m. to Doris Hensley, Secretary to the Board of Education, Colorado Springs School District 11 Administration Office, 1115 N. El Paso Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
The candidate must take the Oath of Office within ten days of appointment and sign the confidentiality affidavit.
School District 11 Board of Education Special MeetingColorado Springs Dist. 11 - 07/11/16 1:58 PM
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a special board meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 4:30 p.m. The action item on this agenda:
Contract Award: Student Benchmark Assessment System
To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The July 12 agenda is featured.
Peterson testing expeditedPeterson Air Force Base - 07/05/16 3:58 PM
With the ongoing investigation into perfluorochemicals in the Security, Fountain and Widefield watershed, the Air Force has awarded a $4.3 million rapid response contract as an interim measure to treat drinking water.
"This proactive measure is being taken as a good neighbor approach while the investigation continues," said Lt. Col. Chad Gemeinhardt, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron commander.
The money will be used to evaluate affected potable water systems and develop short-term treatment solutions. The treatment system is expected to be granulated activated carbon filters installed in the affected potable water systems to remove PFCs from drinking water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet with El Paso County Health, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Air Force Civil Engineer Center and water district representatives July 6 to determine the best course of action.
Additionally, Peterson Air Force Base officials requested and received an expedited date for further investigation as a possible source of the chemicals. The site investigation contractor will arrive at Peterson July 7, to determine best locations to drill monitoring wells. The wells will determine source and extent of the contamination, if any is found. Drilling will begin in October 2016 and an internal draft report from the contractor is expected in March 2017. Soil samples will also be collected and sampled for PFCs to try and determine the source, according to Air Force Civil Engineer Center officials. The base was originally scheduled for further testing in May 2017, but testing was moved up to October 2016 based on the request.
PFCs are a class of man-made chemicals used in many industrial and consumer products such as nonstick cookware, waterproof fabric and some food packaging. PFCs have been used for many years to make products that resist heat, stains, grease and water.
"We take environmental concerns seriously including those that could impact our neighbors and communities," Gemeinhardt said. "We are fully cooperating in the investigation and want to help quickly find and resolve the matter.
"After a preliminary assessment was received in June, we requested follow-up testing be moved to the soonest date possible," he said.
Peterson AFB provides airport firefighting and emergency services to the city of Colorado Springs in exchange for leased property from the city, and are the first responders for any aircraft or medical emergency on airport property.
Peterson AFB used aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF, in joint fire training on Peterson AFB, where fire departments from across the region used the training sites to adequately prepare for emergency response actions to provide public safety. The AFFF was used in a legal, responsible manner in full compliance with Environmental Protection Agency guidelines at the time.
An industry-standard fire suppressant used to extinguish flammable liquid fires such as jet fuel fires, the foam was used from 1970 until about 1990 when Peterson fire fighters began training in a lined basin using water to fight a controlled propane-fueled fire, which provides realistic firefighting conditions in an environmentally-safe and controlled manner. Since developing the new lined training area, AFFF has only been used in emergency response situations.
"This is our home too. We have Airmen living all along the Front Range, including the Fountain, Widefield and Security area," Gemeinhardt said, "so this is a very real concern for us."
"We are working with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Airport, and other partners to determine the way ahead on this issue," he said.
In addition to providing the filtration assistance and receiving an accelerated testing schedule, officials here are double checking aircraft hangar fire suppression systems for residual PFCs, and continuing the investigation into past PFC use at Peterson AFB. Fire officials here are also replacing their current stock of AFFF with a newer EPA-compliant synthetic foam.
Various Air Force representatives, including wing leadership, civil and bioenvironmental engineers, will be at the El Paso County Public Health town hall meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. July 7 at the Mesa Ridge High School auditorium, to help answer questions about the investigation.