Peterson AFB- Driving Excellence and Innovation- Today and Tomorrow!

Congrats to James Traverse and Vanessa Dickinson, “I Killed” raffle book winners!

It was so wonderful to be at Peterson AFB yesterday.  I had a great time with you all at the club and thank you for showing me so much love!  Let’s do it again soon, what  do you say? Peterson Air Force Base is a U.S. Air Force base that shares an airfield with the adjacent Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. Developed as a World War II air support base for Camp Carson, the facility conducted Army Air Forces training and supported  Cold War air defense centers at the nearby Ent Air Force Base, Chidlaw Building, and Cheyenne Mountain Complex.  The base has been the location of the Air Force Space Command headquarters since 1987 and has had NORAD/NORTHCOM command center operations since the 2006 Cheyenne Mountain Realignment placed the nearby Cheyenne Mountain Complex centers on standby.   a HUGE thank you to Dr Julie and SFC Cruz and colleagues for ALL of your efforts in hosting me and bringing my “Comedy With a Four Star Message” to Peterson. 

Peterson AFB aerial  Peterson AFB logo  141026-N-UH865-054 Sean Horse

Above: a couple photos of Peterson AFB. Me on stage doing what I love.  My special ‘little’ brother Sean. 

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41 Responses to Peterson AFB- Driving Excellence and Innovation- Today and Tomorrow!

  1. Brenden Good

    Thank you Bernie! You killed it.

  2. Daniel Reed

    Awesome show Bernie! You killed it! Thanks for sharing your story I know it’ll help a lot of people!

  3. Alicia Spaziante

    Thank you for sharing your story!

  4. Casey Mueller

    Best mandatory training I’ve had in the Army.

  5. Bernie Schwartze

    Funny and thought provoking. Thanks for the laughs, its the best medicine. Thanks for being courageous enough to share.

  6. Darren Gunter

    Bernie, thanks for sharing your wonderful story. You definitely Killed It!

  7. Mike Lackey

    Bernie-Thank you for killing us with your story! It was very funny as well as very thought-provoking. Safe travels as you bring your message throughout DOD!

  8. Shelly Brooks

    Hi Bernie,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I have sat through numerous mandatory training feeling frustrated hearing the same message over and over. I cannot thank you enough for putting this training into perspective for us. I know we all try to be resilient and there are so many mistakes we have made, but to hear your testimony and how your whole life had to fall before you before you realized what you were doing. It helps us see no matter who we are resiliency does not come easy. We are all susceptible to the pressures of our friends, life, family, jobs, etc. I know telling personal stories are difficult, but if we are not willing to share our stories and let others know anyone can remain resilient they have to just believe that the current situation they are in will soon pass. I know the Good Lord puts challenges in front of us all the time, but it is what we do with them that builds us into who we become. Thank you for spending the day with us and have a blessed day with your brother Shawn. You are a true inspiration.

    • Shelly Brooks

      Have a blessed day with Sean.

  9. Vanessa Dickinson


    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You made me laugh, and I wish that I could have brought a few close friends with me to here your story.

    You KILLED it!!!

  10. Robert vreugdenhil

    Great program today! I enjoyed it very much, so much better than “death by PowerPoint “

  11. Dave Jones

    Bernie, great job. As others have said most training is usually the redundant boring training. Thank you for putting a fresh perspective on it all.

    Enjoy the time with Sean
    Killed it!

  12. Travis Wright


    I love the courage you had to tell your story and explain your relationships today. It touched me to see the care you had for your brother and how your life changed for the better. You are a true inspiration for individuals to never say never. Thank you again for all your kind words of encouragement.

  13. Corwin

    Good clean comedy ! Thanks for laughs and life lessons.

  14. Glenn Mellor

    Great show…. well thought out and executed. You killed it!

  15. Rhonda Welles

    Thank you, Bernie, for being willing to share your story! And, thank you for sharing your talent!

  16. Greg Sloan

    Great show Bernie. Definitely the best mandatory military training I’ve had. Thank you for coming!

  17. Matt Buchanan

    Thanks for sharing your story and how you presented your message. Stay Cool!

  18. Sam Willoughby

    Thanks Bernie! really enjoyed it.

  19. Tim Marczewski

    Thank you for sharing your story. Great message.

  20. Mark Ayers

    Best “mandatory” training ever; powerful message which touched everyone in the room. Thank you for what you are doing for the military community. God bless you!

  21. Kevin Janes

    Thanks for your genuine and powerful message. . Shawn has an awesome big brother

  22. Brittney Coleman

    Your were awesome Bernie! Thank you for coming

  23. Shawne

    Great show. Definitely the best way to do training. I want the book.

  24. Dave

    Awesome. Great performance and ability to mix humor with some very real and tough issues for many. Thank you and God Bless.

  25. Joe Crab Shack

    Great show. You touch upon subjects that hit close to home for many of us. As I read your more section which hill in Bosnia where you at? I think I remember seeing your show there as well

  26. Vydia Garcia Torres

    Bernie, you killed it! Seriously! I NEVER looked at the clock, nor wished it would end. You connected with us all- not with statistics, research or Power Point. You went deeper than that with your personal experience: laughter, pain and reality. Thanks!

  27. Don Mesmer, Jr.

    Fantastic show that addressed serious issues in a humorous light without diminishing their importance. Thanks for having the courage to share your story with us.

  28. Tomi McMoore

    Today’s training event at Peterson AFB has to be the most entertaining one that I have ever attended. Thanks Bernie! Your show was both hilarious and your shared stories were powerful – given the training intent! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Daniel Johnson

    Great Job!

  30. Tony Lopes

    Amazing, unexpected show. You killed it! Best training not only for the delivery but the full spectrum of emotion you brought to the audience. Never have I heard of such resilience and recovery as I have heard in your personal life. Here we wear our chosen uniform to protect the freedoms of this country. I reflected on what you had happen in your life and how you chose to take the right path after all the strife that could have broken a lesser man. It makes me proud to serve you.
    Ps, Sean for you “Go, Go Power Rangers!”

  31. Jim Traverse

    Thanks Bernie – I really appreciated hearing your show and meeting you today. Thanks for doing what you do!

    I enlisted in the USAF in ’78, commissioned in ’87, retired 10 days before 9/11 (which brought me back to the fight in a different capacity). Now I’m an Army Civilian. In almost 37 years of service on 5 continents, I have never been a part of a better training program – mandatory or otherwise.

    You Killed it!

    Thanks again for your service.

  32. Marcy wells

    Great show. Glad I was there

  33. Benjamin

    Great job today Bernie. I absolutely loved every bit of it and it really opened my eyes. Thank you.

  34. Sandra Dudley

    Thank you for putting tough mandatory training into a very entertaining and powerfully touching session. Time well spent, I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend.

  35. Tom Mahoney

    Great show, first time mandatory really hit home!

  36. Debbie Garcia

    Thanks Bernie! Best training I have ever been to!

  37. Debbie Garcia

    Thanks Beenie! Best training I have ever been to!

  38. Matt Schreiber

    Hands down best comedy show I’ve seen, let alone the best mandatory army training. A true inspiration.

  39. Gregory Hatfield

    Very inspiring. A true train wreck that, thank God, ended well. I look at life differently now. Thanks Bernie, you have really killed it.

  40. Paul Glenn

    Best mandatory training I have ever received. However, I would recommend not attending this training with stitches in your mouth.

    Great job Bernie, and thanks for sharing your life story with us!!!