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July 17, 2009

June 17, 2009: A Wonderful Day

I am writing from a suite located on the grounds of Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, CO. Meeting and conversing on a variety of topics with everyone from Generals to newly enlisted and stalwart civilian employees of the 50th Space Wing is a humble experience. We are very fortunate to have these top-notch intellects and, yes, patriots, successfully defending our country.

I am especially proud today because our eldest son was honored with an important command position after a formal ceremony held on the grounds of Schriever AFB, about 8 miles from Peterson and the nerve center of our Space Intel program. The change of command ceremony featured speeches, a formal military presentation of the unit flag and citations by an honor guard, culminating with Tom's remarks as new commander of this unit. He will be responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer monies and has prepared well for being given this assignment - one of the youngest ever to have held a position of this kind. I know he will do a great job because he works well with individuals of all ranks and, he's cheap, so the taxpayer's money has a great steward.

Maj.Tom has worked in Space Weapons his entire career and has a Master's Degree along with post-graduate advanced training at Squadron Officer School (Air University at Maxwell AFB),Air Command and Staff College,Financial Management Staff Officer training at Keesler AFB and Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School at Maxwell AFB. He was named Distinguished Graduate, Financial Management Staff Officer Course American Society of Military Comptrollers Certified Defense Financial Managers.

Tom's been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

All before his 35th birthday.

Being at this special occasion with his wife (also a USAF Major) and his two children made this an even better event --it's nice being grandfather!

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