A partnership among the Colorado Springs Airport, Peterson AFB — which shares the municipal airport’s airfield — and Fort Carson has allowed emergency management officials to set up a temporary air tanker base to supply military and commercial firefighting aircraft with retardant at a location that is just minutes by air from fires across Colorado and Wyoming. The tanker base is occupying space at the municipal airport used to deploy soldiers from Fort Carson overseas, reports the Gazette. The temporary location is saving time and fuel, and reducing pilot fatigue, as air tankers previously battling Colorado fires were resupplied at bases in Arizona or New Mexico. … DOD will be offering an educational program to help military families manage the transition following deployments, as part of a study to determine the best way to adapt an existing tool used for reserve and National Guard families. Families from Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Campbell, Ky., recruited for the study will be randomly assigned either in-class training in the form of two, seven-hour courses or a self-paced online course, reports the Fayetteville Observer. The After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools program, or ADAPT, is based on decades of parenting research and has been shown to improve family relationships. “It improves child and parent resiliency,” said Cheryle Dangell, Fort Bragg site coordinator for the study.
Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Frank Casciotta