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Colorado Springs troops lauded with military awards

May 5, 2013
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AWARDS

Army Pfc. James R. Kidwell

Army Pfc. James R. Kidwell has graduated from basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., his father said.

James is the son of Brian and Helen Kidwell of Colorado Springs and a 2009 graduate of Widefield High School.

James will attend technical school at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and train to become a combat medic, his father said.

Krystal Harris

Krystal Harris, the 'key spouse ' for the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, has been selected as the base's 2012 Key Spouse of the Year.

Harris received an award - presented by Col. Chris Crawford, 21st Space Wing commander; his wife, Kayreen Crawford; and Chief Master Sgt. Richard Redman, 21st Space Wing command chief - April 15. The Air Force's Key Spouse volunteers help families gain access to resources, information and programs.

ROTC cadets earn commissions

The following Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Colorado State University-Pueblo have been commissioned: 2nd Lt. David Espinoza, infantry; 2nd Lt. Keith Martin, quartermaster; 2nd Lt. Jennifer Seawright, Army Nurse Corps; and 2nd Lt. Marvin Starkweather, infantry.

Lt. Col. Mark Thompson, a professor of military science, hosted the event. Col. Omar J. Jones IV, commander of Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, served as the guest speaker.

Schriever airmen honored

The 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force base earned The Omaha Trophy for Global Operations, U.S. Strategic Command said in April.

'The trophy is awarded to units demonstrating the highest performance standards in the nation's global strategic mission.

'Selections are based on formal evaluations, meritorious achievement, safety and other factors such as community involvement and humanitarian actions, ' the Air Force said in a news release.

The 50th Wing has earned the honor twice in three years.

'Each and every person in the 50th Space Wing contributed to the successful innovations, operations and community involvement that led to this award, ' Col. James Ross, the wing's commander, said in a news release.

Peterson unit lauded

The 21st Medical Group National Committee for Quality Assurance Accreditation preparation team has earned the Gold Knight award, the base said in a news release.

During the inspection, the Peterson Air Force Base medical group was awarded Level III recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance - the committee's top honor.

Team members include Lt. Col. Terence Mitchell, Majs. Jane Free and Stephen Mathis, Capts. Kristen Oster and Michelle Lempke and Katherine Wilson.

The medical group was one of only two Air Force military treatment facilities to receive a Level III rating.

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Want to get the word out about your service member's award or promotion? Email erin.prater@gazette.com with the details.

COMPILED BY ERIN PRATER

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