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Vol. 63 No. 28

MEET THE CHIEF: 544 ISRG change Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons of command

By Staff Sgt. Erica Picariello PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — On a rainy Friday afternoon, Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, 21st Space Wing command chief had a 30 minute break in his schedule to discuss his journey, how he views our mission, what we can expect of him, and what he expects from the men and women of the 21 SW.

Please tell us about your background: I enlisted into the military because I wanted to do something that mattered; something I could be proud doing until I figured out which way was up for my life. Growing up at Fort Hood, Texas, I actually had every intention of joining the Army and would have been a soldier had I not listened to a still small voice during one life-changing event. While getting set to sign my very final piece of Army enlistment paperwork at MEPs, an Airman walked by in service dress. I stopped just shy of the Oath when I realized that in my eagerness to get “life” started I didn’t research all of my options – and I owed myself that. It wasn’t cold feet, I just knew the magnitude of what I was doing. So I turned to my recruiter and told him I needed to learn something about the Air Force before I’d be ready to swear in to the Army. One conversation with the Air Force recruiter back home and a good look at the career catalog, and I was sold! I came in “open-general” believing that any specialty the Air Force assigned me to could offer a future in or out of the military. Of course, like most Airmen, I didn’t think about serving down the road past my initial enlistment; I just needed to get the ball rolling faster in my life. As a brand new Airman Basic, I was accessed into the Aerospace Control and Warning Systems Operations (1C5) career field. It’s very similar to being a Space Operator (1C6) – they just operate in the air domain. In fact, the two career fields were so closely aligned at one time, you could hop between their jobs, tasks and locations. If you go to the North See Chief page 12

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Col. Matteo Martemucci (left), 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander passes the 544th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group guidon to Col. Maurizio Calabrese (right) 544 ISRG incoming commander, who assumed command June 27, 2018. The ceremony was held at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.


Reserve C-130s support Colorado firefighting efforts 302nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing flew multiple Modular Airborne Fire Fighting missions today dropping fire retardant to draw lines of containment supporting the suppression efforts of the Spring Creek fire in Colorado. The 302nd AW received a request for assistance from the National Interagency Fire Center for two MAFFS-equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft and aircrews to support fire suppression efforts in the Western U.S. MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system, owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, which can discharge 3,000 gallons of fire retardant in less than 10 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes on the ground. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command at Peterson AFB, provides unique military support to firefighting efforts when requested by the National Interagency Fire Center and approved by the Secretary of Defense. These diverse mission assets are prepared to respond quickly and effectively to protect lives, property, critical infrastructure and natural resources, and can include, but are not limited to, MAFFS, military helicopters and ground forces capable of supporting the firefighting efforts.

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COLORADO — The view of the Spring Creek fire from an Air Force Reserve Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft in Colorado, July 2, 2018. The Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing received a request for assistance from the National Interagency Fire Center for two MAFFS-equipped C-130s and aircrews to support fire suppression efforts in the western U.S.

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Dedication to compliance PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- In an Air Force full of “shalls,” “musts,” and “wills,” total compliance is something I don’t think is ever achievable. The statement “COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORY,” is written across thousands of directive Air Force publications that Airmen are ordered to follow, but in the end, no Air Force member or organization can know of, or completely comply with all requirements. When internally or externally inspected, our inevitable violations are categorized as minor, significant, or critical. Are these violations a measure of our commitment to the Air Force and its mission? I believe the answer is no. Violations will happen, however, the important measuring stick is how Airmen and organizations use standards of conduct, for example the Air Force Core Values, to better comply with the thousands of written orders they are given. My intent with the above statements is not to minimize the importance of written orders by authoritative publications. Air Force publications are necessary to ensure that standardized processes and by-law requirements are followed by over 600,000 total force personnel. My intent is to acknowledge the fact that it is impossible to be in compliance with every requirement at all times, and that’s OK. What’s not OK is not doing anything about that fact. Even though 100 percent compliance can never be achieved, it is still the duty of Air Force personnel to identify and minimize violations. Using the Air

Master Sgt. Richard Nash 721st Security Forces Squadron Force Core Values is vital while continuously striving to meet this goal. Having “Integrity first” is more than just doing the right thing when it comes to compliance. Sometimes situations may occur where doing the right thing by Air Force standards is hard, or even impossible. Integrity may mean having the courage to identify violations even if doing so will “rock the boat.” Organizations are often reluctant to change, especially when mission success is high. Identifying rule violations is everyone’s job and should be encouraged, however, when things are running successfully, change agents are often discouraged. We must strive to not only do the right thing when no one is looking, but also identify the right thing to the unreceptive. On the other hand, leaders must have the openness to be receptive when violations are brought to them. The biggest challenge I see in regards to compliance and the second core value of “Service before self,” is

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having faith in the system. To knowingly not comply with Air Force requirements is to believe you know better than the leaders appointed over you. Sometimes requirements and processes seem utterly cumbersome and nonsensical, but disregarding the standards is not an option given to us. We must have faith our leaders have written these processes for a reason and we must strive to educate ourselves to understand the bigger picture. Achieving “Excellence in all we do” is easier said than done. To me, excellence is something more evolutionary than static. We all know that members of the Air Force must continue to pursue personal development in order to be successful in the Air Force but the same is true for an individual’s or organization’s adherence to standards. When I think about the easiest way to conduct self-development, it is to pursue education. The same is true for compliance. As stated above, there are thousands of Air Force publications. Reading, studying, and complying with them is a responsibility of all Airmen at every level of leadership. It may be possible to be in compliance by mistake if you haven’t read the requirements, but it is impossible to be excellent in all that you do by mistake. Excellence takes work. The inability to follow all Air Force standards is not something often discussed, but is a struggle that individuals and organizations face every day. The best tool you can use to help minimize compliance violations, may be one of the first things you learned in basic training, the Air Force Core Values.


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FEDVIP is coming: Get to know dental and vision plans today By TRICARE Communications

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Beginning in 2019, dental and vision plans will be available through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Now is a good time to become familiar with FEDVIP options. FEDVIP 2019 plans and rates will be online in the fall. But you can look at 2018 plans and rates now. FEDVIP offers a choice between 10 dental and 4 vision options. This fall will be your first chance to enroll in a FEDVIP dental or vision plan for 2019 coverage. If you’re eligible, you can enroll in FEDVIP during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season. This runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10.

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• Retired service members and their families who were eligible for TRDP are eligible for FEDVIP dental coverage. Also, they’re eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage if enrolled in a TRICARE health plan. • Family members of active duty service members who are enrolled in a TRICARE health plan are eligible for FEDVIP vision coverage. • Children enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE Young Adult aren’t eligible to enroll in FEDVIP.

When do you enroll?

• You can enroll in FEDVIP during the Federal Benefits Open Season. This year’s open season runs from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10, 2018. Your coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2019. • If you currently have TRDP, you must enroll in a FEDVIP plan during the Federal Benefits Open Season to continue dental coverage for 2019. • The Federal Benefits Open Season is your annual opportunity to enroll in, change, or cancel a FEDVIP dental or vision plan. For more information, visit the FEDVIP website. You can see if you’re eligible for FEDVIP in 2019. You can also compare FEDVIP plans, look up frequently asked questions, and sign up for updates.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Eligible beneficiaries will have the opportunity to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) during Federal Benefit Open Season for coverage beginning in 2019.

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Environmental RCRA Awareness Training is being offered at the Base Auditorium July 23 at 11 a.m. and again at 1 P.M. This class is an annual requirement for personnel who handle hazardous waste or materials, universal waste, for appointed facility managers, and Unit Environmental Coordinators. Please contact Misty Howell at 719-556-7707 or for additional information.


The Deployed Family Dinner will be held July 13, 10 a.m., at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and is provided by the First Sergeant Council. To RSVP, please contact your squadron’s first sergeant or Master Sgt. Scott Lauer at The Deployed Family Dinner is held on the second Friday of every month and is an opportunity for Team Peterson to serve deployed families, provide a meal and foster the military family mindset.


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Staff Writer Audrey Jensen Published by Colorado Springs Military Newspapers Group, 235 S. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, 80903, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force, under exclusive written contract with the 21st Space Wing. This commercial enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. military services. Contents of the Space Observer are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by DoD, the Department of the Air Force, or CSMNG, of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs Office, 775 Loring Ave., Suite 219, Peterson AFB, Colo., 80914-1294, (719) 556-5185 or DSN 834-5185, fax (719) 5567848 or DSN 834-7848. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated. The Space Observer is published every Thursday. For advertising inquiries, call Colorado Springs Military Newspapers, (719) 634-5905. Employees of Peterson Air Force Base who want to place a free classified advertisement should call (719) 329-5210.

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SecAF, DoD, industry leaders share stage at 2018 AFITC By Phil Berube Air University Public Affairs

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and the service’s new assistant secretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics, Dr. Will Roper, are two of the military keynote speakers sharing the stage with industry leaders at this year’s Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference. The 2018 AFITC Conference will be Aug. 27-29, 2018, in Alabama’s capital city of Montgomery. With a theme of “CyberVision of the Future: Mission Defense and Trusted Information,” the conference will highlight the importance of the continuing need for industry partners, decision makers, academia and government professionals to collaborate on joint ventures in the IT and cyber domains. Among the government keynote speakers joining Wilson and Roper are Lt. Gen. Bradford Shwedo, Air Force chief, Information Dominance, and chief information officer; and Vice Admiral Nancy Norton, director, Defense Information Systems Agency and commander, Joint Force HeadquartersDoD Information Network. “This conference ranks as one of the Air Force’s most prestigious national events,” said AFITC chair Marcie Rhodes, chief of the Core Financial Systems Branch at the Air Force Program Executive Office-Business Enterprise Systems here, a conference co-sponsor. “Where else can you assemble professionals from cyber, IT, operational and academia sectors with stakeholders, decision makers and end-users in one forum? Our conference offers a unique marriage between Air Force strategic goals and burgeoning IT technologies that are being discussed and implemented every day within government and industry circles.” Through an aggressive schedule of cyber and IT breakout and plenary sessions and panel discussions, attendees will gain insight to and an understanding of all aspects of DoD and Air Force cyberspace and IT, including enterprise architecture, cyber security and governance, identity management and acquisitions and spectrum management. AFITC started nearly three decades ago as the Air Force

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MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — The 2018 Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference is Aug. 27-29 in Montgomery, Alabama. To register and learn more about the conference, visit Small Computer Conference, bringing together Air Force communications experts and industry vendors. The purpose of the conference then was for industry to show the Air Force the latest technologies in personal computers and networking components. This event occurred in late August to take advantage of “end of fiscal year” funds, and personnel brought their unit credit cards to make purchases on the spot, said Richard Aldridge, director, AFPEO-BES. “Now, 30 years later, AFITC brings together Air Force cyber and IT experts with commercial partners and thought

leaders in academia to understand current and innovative technologies and form future strategy,” said Aldridge. “The breakout sessions regarding cyber policy, doctrine, acquisition and operations serve as information and decision making forums. Every cyber and IT issue impacting the Air Force over the next 12 months will be discussed at AFITC 2018.” To register and learn more about the conference, visit More than 150 vendors have signed up for the conference, eager to demo cutting-edge IT and cyber software and hardware.

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Doug Eckberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, provides food and water to the pigeon being used as bait in this raptor trap at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. This year was the first year that Eckberg set a raptor trap on Peterson AFB in an attempt to capture predatory birds. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Doug Eckberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, uses his binoculars throughout the day to spot wildlife at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. Eckberg is contracted through the 21st Space Wing Safety Office to help improve the Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program and keep the flight line safe for Peterson AFB and the Colorado Springs Airport.

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Doug Eckberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, feeds and gives water to the pigeon being used to attract its predator in a raptor trap at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. Predatory birds like hawks and falcons may see the pigeon and become trapped in an attempt to catch it.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — A swainson’s hawk flies off the fence at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. Doug Eckberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, who is contracted through the 21st Space Wing Safety Office to improve safety on the flight line, drives across Peterson AFB and the Colorado Springs Airport every day to assess the area for wildlife such as this bird.

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(Top) PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Doug Eckberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, observes bird nests in the trainer plane at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. Birds find and adapt to surrounding water, according to Eckberg. When birds start to build nests in the trainer plane, Eckberg has to make a call for firefighters at Peterson AFB to water down the trainer plane.

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(Left) PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Doug Eckberg, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife biologist, sets up a raptor trap at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 4, 2018. He set the trap in order to capture large predatory birds, so the flight line will be free of hazards. The trap is used as an alternative to shooting to remove birds from the flight line at Peterson AFB.

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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Col. Ronald Short, an optometrist with the California Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing, tests optometry equipment for a health-care clinic at Lee County High School in Beattyville, Kentucky, June 14, 2018. The clinic is one of four staffed by military health-care professionals in Eastern Kentucky from June 15 to June 24 as part of an Innovative Readiness Training mission called Operation Bobcat. The mission provides military forces with crucial expeditionary training while offering no-cost medical, dental and optometry care to area residents.

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F-15E Strike Eagles with the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, form up behind a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, June 15, 2018. The Stratotanker had just finished refueling the Strike Eagles.

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MANSFIELD, Ohio — Senior Airman Tim Johnson and Senior Airman Hunter Mitchell, both 179th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group aerospace propulsion specialists, evaluate an engine of the C-130H Hercules while it is running June 26, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio. The diagnostic test requires the engine to be running for the Airman to properly identify the cause of this particular issue and is also known by aircraft mechanics as “man on the stand.”

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The High Frontier Honor Guard perfor Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 29, 2018. During the ceremony, Col. H Scott Angerman.

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LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.— The sun sets behind an Australian F-35A Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, June 27, 2018. The first Australian F-35 arrived at Luke AFB in December, 2014. Currently, six Australian F-35’s are assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron where their pilots train alongside U.S. Air Force pilots.

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(Top) NIGERIEN AIR BASE 201, Niger — A thunderstorm collapses and causes air and dust to move through the atmosphere and transform into a sand storm at Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, June 24, 2018. Air Base 201 was hit by four sandstorms throughout the last two weeks. (Left) JOINT BASE ELMENDORFRICHARDSON, Alaska — A C-17 Globemaster III with the 176th Wing takes off during the Arctic Thunder Open House Special Needs and Department of Defense Family Day at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson, Alaska, June 29, 2018. During the biennial open house, the base opens its gates to the public and hosts multiple performers including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, JB Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Forces Demonstration and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valerie Halbert)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska. — Air Force Master Sgt. Cecil Dickerson, 249th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, left, and an Army jumpmaster with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, recover paratrooper static lines on a C-17 Globemaster III during the Arctic Thunder Open House Special Needs and Department of Defense Family Day at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 29, 2018. During the biennial open house, the base opens its gates to the public and hosts multiple performers including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, JB Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Forces Demonstration and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco)

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BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Senior Airman Jarred Uzeta, 9th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, commands his MWD Vladimir to jump through an obstacle June 27, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, California. MWDs are trained to detect either bombs or drugs and play a key role in base security.


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American Aerospace Defense Command/United States Northern Command command center today ... they still have 1C5s and 1C6s on the floor blurring the operational lines between air and space. I really enjoyed my first two assignments. The missions were amazing and the locations weren’t too bad either, but it was the caliber of the Airmen around me that locked me into reenlisting. I’ve always been very selective with whom I surround myself with. I’m all about quality over quantity. When I reached the first-term retraining/reenlistment “fork in the road,” I was fortunate to have noncommissioned officers around me that poured their perspectives into me - unsolicited. I am so thankful to my supervisors who took the time to help me navigate through the options, shared their experiences, and positively influenced my decision to pursue a career in space operations – at least for the next four years. Their engaged and intrusive mentorship gave me the confidence to take that second leap of faith into the unknown. I realized then and benefited from the enormous trust placed in the counsel of NCOs. Our Airmen, just as I did, still look to NCOs for direction – life altering direction. When asked, I don’t take it lightly. As my “spacewalk” began, so did our family. My beautiful bride of nearly 24 years (Ana) and I were married and we started down a parallel path of parenthood. Unintentionally, space operations afforded us eighteen consecutive years in Colorado…eighteen straight. It’s not that we tried to stay or wanted to leave, it was just the nature of the career field and how the assignments fell over the years. Although space didn’t orbit us around the world like many other Airmen get to experience, it did give our family stability and the opportunity to build strong relationships both in and out of the uniform. We took full advantage of entrenching into the community and our church home.

We are thrilled to have the chance to pick back up where we left off. The timing couldn’t be better either with our oldest entering his final year as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy and our youngest entering her junior year of high school with old friends. Our middle son has just started his 4-year cadet crucible at the Coast Guard Academy. Because space operations is so dynamic and always evolving, staying in one geographic location in no way stagnated my Air Force career. Every squadron had a different mission and was new start, but still offered supervisory roles and leadership responsibilities that groomed me as an NCO and senior NCO. From missile warning to satellite command and control to space control to joint operations to staff positions, my space operations career has been full of diversity and development. No two assignments were the same and I’ve been fortunate to experience them at the tactical, operational and strategic level. I would put the breadth of exposures in space operations up against any Air Force Space Command because space really is that big! Culminating my time as a space professional, I jumped at the invitation to spend a few years on the Headquarters Air Force Space Command staff, and then a few more at the Pentagon; listening and learning from some of our most preeminent military leaders. There’s nothing quite so humbling as knowing you are sitting in the place where the buck stops and the blame goes. That said, those two duties were where I felt the most empowered and prepared to give back to the part of the Air Force that had invested so much into shaping me. I think we need to push that feeling of ownership way down to our newest Airmen so that the best new ideas can start rising up. My last assignment was at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, as the 461 Air Control Wing command chief. It was my first real reunion with the “Air” Force since retraining in 1996. It was there, working with Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System maintainers and operators, and our deployable Air Traffic Control teams, that I witnessed first-hand the reliance in space effects into every corner of our enterprise – we touch everything, everywhere. I also gained a much clearer

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appreciation for what Airmen and their families outside of my stove-piped perspective were going through and bringing to the fight each and every day. Space is big, but the Air Force is bigger. At Robins AFB, our wing was a mission partner to a host base. This meant the commander and I had to build relationships across the base with peers in order to get the support for our missions prioritized and the needs of our Airmen met. Partnering was at the center of everything; it fueled innovation and propelled community relations. I believe all of my opportunities have built up to this – the chance to be the command chief at the 21st Space Wing – the premier wing in the Air Force! To be honest, I wanted to be here earlier, but I needed to do and go through other things first so that when I got here I would have enough in my tool box to reach into. It’s easy to come here and fail fast. This wing can be overwhelmingly demanding of each of us. There is so much going on here with multiple mission sets across the world — you can’t show up here without bringing your “A” game. There’s no room for people that want to just be here and glide or draft … this is a place for powered flight; we all have to work together to add momentum. We all lift the wing. This is your fourth tour at Peterson AFB — how has the mission changed and how has it stayed the same? It depends on how you look at it. Without a doubt, the posture of space operations and presentation of space forces has been continually evolving, mostly along a predictive path because of technology but sometimes it surged jarringly forward due to events that were out of our control. Over the past decade or so, other nations have begun to cast votes with regards to what goes on in the space domain. As a space community, we’ve gone from focusing narrowly on our capabilities and effects to acknowledging that we’re not the only player on the field to openly regarding space as an extension of the AOR in escalated conflict. That affects all of the war fighters. That changes everything – how we fight wars and how we live life here at home. That wasn’t the case when I came into space operations in 1996. It was quiet

then. Now there’s noise in space. Another thing that I know has changed since I’ve been out of space command is me, specifically how I view the command. It got bigger. We still have outstanding Airmen and the base is about the same as I left it in 2014, however how I see our outstanding Airmen and how I see what they bring to the fight has changed. I had grown accustomed to looking at things through a very functional lens, from a mission-oriented standpoint, and in an enterprise sort of way. Now I get to see space from a different (more unobstructed) vantage point, where it’s clear that space DOES NOT operate in a functional vacuum ... it takes defenders, firefighters, comptrollers, personnel specialists, network communicators, training managers, civil engineers, comptrollers, and every other AFSC that comprises the space team. Coming back to Peterson AFB, I had to open my aperture to see the bigger picture; the things that were not in my old familiar job jar. Everyone contributes – everyone fights – everyone is at the tip of our space spear. What are you excited about impacting as the command chief? It would be easier to say, “What’s not to be excited about.” There is no better or more important wing in the Air Force, especially right now. I hope to contribute to advancing our collective ability to accomplish the mission and be value added to the lives of all of our Airmen. What is the biggest challenge today's Airmen face? I think the biggest challenge all of our Airmen face today is believing that they are truly empowered enough to be innovative. That we value and will invest in their ideas. We’ve got to build trust into our Airmen that we genuinely need their input because things are changing so rapidly; that we’re willing to fail if we’re moving forward and that they won’t get into trouble for failing. I think the Air Force is opening tent doors, and we all need to seize upon the opportunity of the day. Every Airman now has a seat at the table. Every Airman needs to exercise their voice if they see something they think can be done better and especially if they see something


that is being done wrong. The follow up to that challenge is time. We need to act now. We can no longer afford to admire the problem. What can the men and women of the 21 SW expect from you? First and foremost, they can expect a lot of questions. Not to question them, but questions because I don’t know. In order for me to be effective, I need to understand what’s going on in my surroundings. I’m a firm believer that I will fail in my job as the command chief if I’m not constantly being revectored by Airmen. I hope to learn something new each day from them and then apply that knowledge the next day. They should also expect me to be transparent with what I’ve learned. I think the bottom line is that you can’t do anything in this wing by yourself. You can’t undertake everything this wing needs solo — you have to rely on the Airmen beside you to do their part; after all, they are the experts – not me. We have to trust each other. I think micromanaging tells our Airmen two things: we don’t trust them and we don’t have enough work of our own to do. Once I’m settled, I may ask a different type of question ... but they’ll be more informed and coherent questions because the Airmen would have set me up for success. What do you hope to accomplish during your tenure as command chief? I do not have an agenda and the vision belongs to the commander, but he has certainly encouraged me to jump into any area I believe I can add value with both feet. I believe the two things he will look most to me to do is build bridges and strengthen relationships across the base and the Front Range, and make sure our Airmen and families are taken care of. I intend to focus on the development of all of our Airmen and at the end of the day ensure that everyone has more of what they need to accomplish the part of the mission. I won’t be naive to say we can accomplish everything, but we should move the ball forward. I’m not about going backwards and I’m not about standing still.


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Peterson Space Observer July 12, 2018  
Peterson Space Observer July 12, 2018