Air Force resumes moves to Colorado Springs

Published: June 18, 2013, 9:55 am, by Tom Roeder

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UPDATE: The Air Force lifted its order that halted moves to Colorado Springs Tuesday afternoon.

“All Airmen, including civilians, are now authorized to proceed on orders. Airmen assigned to or living in the area or whose dependent family members live in the affected area are reminded to log in to the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System at https://afpaas.af.mil to account for themselves, if they have not already done so,” the Air Force said in a news release.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Air Force discovered the Black Forest fire Tuesday, a week after it swept across thousands of acres, gutting hundreds of homes.

With the fire nearly out and most of the evacuees heading home, “Mother Blue”, as the Air Force is known, ordered a halt to all moves to Colorado and temporary assignments here, according to a Tuesday news release.  That’s a fairly standard military move to avoid having families roll in to a disaster area.

Before you start making Air Force jokes, remember that while the Air Force fears the aftermath of the Black Forest fire, its airmen are a big part of why the fire is gradually coming under control. Airmen from Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases joined colleagues from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force station and the Academy to battle the flames on the ground.

In the air, airmen from Peterson’s 302nd Airlift Wing dropped retardant ahead of the fire from C-130 transport planes.

Halting moves to Colorado impacts active-duty airmen.

“Stateside-based Airmen projected to move to Peterson, Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain or USAFA, and those who have out-processed but have not departed from their current duty station must not depart or proceed. Those scheduled for leave en route may continue, if leave is not taken in the affected area, but must consult with their current base personnel section,” the Air Force said in a Tuesday news release.

One Air Force group gets no such reprieve.

More than 1,000 Air Force Academy cadets are due to arrive in Colorado Springs on time next week to report for basic cadet training.