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Schriever holds community town hall

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander presents her opening remarks during the Falcon Ridge townhall, Sept. 12, 2016, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The town hall was hosted again based off of the success and feedback from the last town hall. The event updated the housing community on upcoming events around the base.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander presents her opening remarks during the Falcon Ridge townhall, Sept. 12, 2016, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The town hall was hosted again based off of the success and feedback from the last town hall. The event updated the housing community on upcoming events around the base.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Tierra Vista Community gathered for a town hall meeting Sept. 12 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, presented the opening remarks.

 “We did this back a few months ago. We thought this was valuable and we got a lot of great feedback that this was important to the community,” said Burt.

The town hall’s first order of business began with Maj. Michael Speck, 50th Security Forces Squadron commander, briefing on base jurisdiction. Speck talked about who to call for incidents and dispelled some of the misconceptions on the topic.

“The point I want to get across is, if you have an incident in housing, the first place you should call is the base defense operations center at 567-6464,” said Speck.

Following Speck, Staff Sgt. Andrew Beer, 50 SFS, talked about the upcoming national night out and its importance. He also discussed the new Neighborhood Watch program, encouraging people to participate.

A Tierra Vista Community representative briefed on storing water hoses for the winter and upcoming events, to include baby showers, fire safety training and Christmas light rules.

Renee Colvin, Peterson, Schriever and Cheyenne Mountain Spouse’s Club representative, briefed the attendees on upcoming club events and opportunities.

Lt. Col. Merrell Mobley, 50th Force Support Squadron commander, talked about the upcoming FSS events for the base, highlighting the David Cook concert Friday.

“This is our first foray in having an outside concert event on Schriever. We would really like to have a strong showing at the event. This will send a strong message to Air Force Entertainment who graciously offered this opportunity that we can take on this type of event. This will open the door for bigger and better acts in the future,” said Mobley.

Mary Barkley, Airman and Family services flight chief, talked about the childcare guidelines and the updates for the child supervision policy for the base community. Barkley also spoke about the Give Parents a Break program and how it works.

The 21st Medical Squadron representatives informed everyone on the upcoming flu shot season and what to expect when the vaccine arrives next month because there will not be a flu mist this year. They provided options for obtaining the vaccination for military members and their families.

“Every year when you get the flu vaccine one is going to be better than the other. Last year it was the shot, the year before that it was mist. The last study showed that the mist was not even worth buying,” said Tech. Sgt. Richard Keene, 21st Medical Squadron Family Health flight chief.

 Additionally, Lt. Col. Rickie Banister, 50 SW Inspector General, informed the housing community on the upcoming Unit Effectiveness Inspection and what residents should expect during that time.

In closing, Col. Anthony Mastalir, 50 SW vice commander, discussed the Green Dot program and its importance to the base community and the Air Force.

“There’s something each one of us can do, there is one small thing that we can do to be a green dot. The green dot is there to cancel out the red dot,” said Mastalir.

The town halls are scheduled quarterly. Tierra Vista Community will post when the next town hall date is finalized.

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