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50th SCS welcomes new commander
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Lt. Col. Donald Fielden assumed command of the 50th Space Communications Squadron in a ceremony Aug. 19 in the Dekok Building Atrium here. Colonel Fielden succeeded Lt. Col. Donovan Routsis, who will become the Deputy Chief, Net-Centricity Division, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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50th SCS welcomes new commander

Posted 8/20/2008   Updated 8/20/2008 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Stacy D. Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs

8/20/2008 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A communicator who has led four tactical communications units across the United States and around the world assumed command of the 50th Space Communications Squadron Aug. 19 in the DeKok building atrium here.
Lt. Col. Donald Fielden succeeded Lt. Col. Donovan Routsis, who will become the Deputy Chief, Net-Centricity Division, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
Colonel Fielden comes to Schriever after commanding the 332nd Expeditionary Communications Squadron at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
His other assignments include Ground Radio Technician at Osan Air Base, Korea, and Goodfellow AFB, Texas, Acquisition Officer, Plans, Medium Launch Vehicle Special Program Office at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., Chief, Tactical Communications Unit, 1810th Special Communications Group, Los Angeles AFB, Calif., Executive Officer, Communications Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C., Chief, Computer Infrastructure Branch, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, Commander, Training and Standards Flight, 3rd Combat Communications Group, Tinker AFB, Okla., Commander, Plans and Engineering Flight, 608th Air Communications Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La., and Chief, Strategic Architectures Branch, United States Central Command, Fla. 

Colonel Fielden entered the Air Force in 1984 as a Ground Radio Maintenance Technician and earned his commission through the Reserve Officer's Training Corps at the University of Texas in 1989. He also earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physics from Angelo State University in Texas in 1989.
In 2002 he earned a Master's of Science in Computer Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii. In 2004 he completed a Master of Science degree in Physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. 

His military education includes Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, Ala., Air Command and Staff College in residence, Joint Professional Military Education at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., and Air War College by correspondence.
His awards include a Bronze Star Medal, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, and four Air Force Achievement Medals. 

As commander of the 50th SCS, Colonel Fielden will be responsible for providing command and control systems, configuration control and systems integrations for seven Department of Defense space programs including $6.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network supporting $50 billion in national satellite and terrestrial systems for United States, allied and coalition forces.
The squadron operates and maintains 22 Defense Information Systems Agency nodes providing secure and unsecure voice and data communications for over 485 world-wide sites as well as over $100 million in base infrastructure supporting over 8,900 personnel. 

The squadron administers the MAJCOM Communications Coordination Center overseeing command and control of AFSPC-wide mission-unique communications as well as operating and maintaining the command's Global Command and Control System and Space Digital Information Network.

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