SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A couple of Schriever Company Grade Officers sneak away from the festivities to paint the "spirit rock" and leave their CGO mark.(U.S. Air Force photo/ 2nd Lt. Marie Denson)
by 2nd Lt. Marie Denson
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
8/3/2011 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Before Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander, bids farewell Aug. 5, the Schriever Company Grade Officers took the opportunity to gain some passing knowledge and parting words from the commander.
But not before they marched over to his house and pounded on doors, banged on windows and stomped their feet in the traditional roof stomp, or the modified version, porch stomp.
The long tradition of a group inviting themselves into someone's home by banging on the roof, or pounding on the doors occurs to welcome an incoming commander, celebrate a special event, a retirement or in this case, bidding farewell to a beloved wing commander.
"The initial idea stemmed from a comment at the Wing Dining Out from a senior officer stating the disappointment over how the Company Grade Officers Council had not planned a "roof stomp" at Colonel Monteith's house," said Capt. Angelia Sanders, CGOC president and 22nd Space Operations Squadron member. "My initial thought was, 'I am not gathering a group of people together to pound on the colonel's house,' but then I thought, 'what's the worst that could happen?'"
Turns out the colonel and Mrs. Monteith were happy to see the CGOs at their door and invited them in for food, drinks and conversation.
"To be honest I thought we were once again the victims of severe high plains weather," said Monteith. "Until I realized it was only the windows rattling and there were dozens of CGOs surrounding my house looking for free food and beverages!"
After the initial self-invite, Monteith requested the CGOs come back again. This gave them an opportunity to hear the wing commander talk about past assignments and his time as a CGO. Monteith also went around the room and was able to speak individually with the officers offering guidance and career advice.
"Gina and I were elated that the CGOs honored us by choosing to spend their invaluable off time to continue this Air Force tradition and to spend an evening with us," he said. "It is events like this that we'll truly miss when we PCS."
Last week, he shared more career advice to a larger crowd at the CGO Call.
"We set the example for the Air Force," said Monteith. "You don't have to like it or dislike it, but someone is watching all the time...you set the standards. By wearing the uniform you set the standard by default."
Some of the hot topics covered involved following regulations and Air Force Instructions, maintaining accurate and fair records, career progression and looking for opportunities that will help career and personal growth.
"If there is an opportunity that fits your personality and career goals you should take it," said Monteith. "Bottom line is you could avoid the job because it can be difficult, but taking those opportunities can help give insight, make you more valuable and more effective down the road. Don't waste time on gossip, you are better than that. And, be positive."
As Monteith and his family get ready to leave for Washington, he leaves behind a legacy of hard work and a priority for performing flawless operations.
"The colonel has overcome many obstacles and still continues day-to-day with a smile," said Sanders. "He expects people to meet the standards and if not, to do something about it. He encourages company grade officers to do the right thing, make decisions and lead. He is someone to look up to and to have great respect for. He will truly be missed here at Schriever, and we wish him the best in his next assignment."
Upcoming company grade officer events include a social at the Peterson AFB Club Aug. 5, and professional development hour Aug. 26, Bldg. 300. For more information about CGO opportunities contact Capt. Angelia Sanders at 567-4946.