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50 SW opens time capsule

50th Space Wing members view items retrieved from an opened time capsule during a ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The Wing opened one capsule that was sealed for 15 years before interring another, which is scheduled to be opened in 2049, the 100th anniversary of the unit's formation. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

50th Space Wing members view items retrieved from an opened time capsule during a ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The Wing opened one capsule that was sealed for 15 years before interring another, which is scheduled to be opened in 2049, the 100th anniversary of the unit's formation. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Senior Airman Samantha Boyd, 50th Operational Support Squadron, and 1st Lt. Hali Thompson, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, retrieve a time capsule that had been sealed and buried for 15 years during a ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.  The capsule was buried during a ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever, and its contents will remain on display in the Building 210 atrium. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Senior Airman Samantha Boyd, 50th Operational Support Squadron, and 1st Lt. Hali Thompson, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, retrieve a time capsule that had been sealed and buried for 15 years during a ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The capsule was buried during a ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever, and its contents will remain on display in the Building 210 atrium. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Staff Sgt. Jared Wiedmer and Kristin Heikkila, both 50th Contracting Squadron, present items before placing them in a time capsule during a ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.  The time capsule was buried in the northwest corner of Building 210 with instructions to open June 1, 2049, the 100th anniversary of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

Staff Sgt. Jared Wiedmer and Kristin Heikkila, both 50th Contracting Squadron, present items before placing them in a time capsule during a ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The time capsule was buried in the northwest corner of Building 210 with instructions to open June 1, 2049, the 100th anniversary of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Space Wing celebrated the 25th anniversary of its assignment to Schriever with a time capsule ceremony in the atrium of Building 210 Monday.

“Fifteen years ago today, our predecessors buried a time capsule at the northwest corner of the building with instructions that it be opened today,” said Randy Saunders, 50 SW historian. “That day, 15 years ago, marked the 10th anniversary of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base.”

Each of the wing’s squadrons had placed something in the time capsule, most contributing at least a squadron coin and/or unit patch. Other items included group photos, unit/squadron descriptive articles, CD-ROMs and a commemorative 10th anniversary coin.

Col. DeAnna Burt, 50 SW commander, pointed out one of the unique characteristics of the contents.

“One thing I wanted to focus on, who is the 850th comm squadron,” she asked attendees. “They don’t exist anymore. We just put in that bucket a (3rd Space Operations Squadron) shirt, coin and patch. That squadron will soon be merging with (the 4th Space Operations Squadron). Our business is ever changing.”

Burt also pointed out the lasting impact current Team Schriever members can have on the future of space.

“Everybody in this room will put their mark on history as we move forward as a wing,” Burt said. “You do so much that you go day-to-day and may forget how much you do because it goes by so quickly. Again, you are making your mark on history every day at this wing, and I hope you understand that.”

While the previous contents of the time capsule will remain on display in the Building 210 atrium, the wing again asked each squadron to place a token or memento inside for re-interment.

“Just as our predecessors left us reminders of their time here at Schriever Air Force Base, so we will leave reminders for those who follow us,” Saunders said.

The commander said she chose one particular item for a specific reason.

“Two reasons I put the active shooter video CD in,” Burt said. “One, you’ve got cops wearing GoPros and you’ve got shooters wearing GoPros. Two, it’s a CD. Will they be able to read CDs in 2049? Think about technology in general, about where we are and where we’ve been. Technology does change and you guys are changing rapidly with it.”

The current time capsule will be unearthed June 1, 2049, the 100th anniversary of the wing.

Contents of the capsule buried in 2002:

A signed photo of Operations Group staff

1st Space Operations Squadron: pamphlet, coin, patch and scarf

2nd Space Operations Squadron: scarf, patch, coin and documents

3rd Space Operations Squadron: CD-ROM, coin, patch, T-shirt and scarf

4th Space Operations Squadron: coin, patch and scarf

7th Space Operations Squadron: unit scarf, patches and disk

19th Space Operations Squadron: squadron scarf, patch, CD-ROM and documents

21st Space Operations Squadron: squadron coin and scarf

22nd Space Operations Squadron: ARTS IDF patch panel connector (network connection cable) and write-up

23rd Space Operations Squadron: squadron photo, patch, coin and scarf

Civil Engineer Squadron: patch, coin, wing long-range plan brief, fire department patch and CD-ROM

Wing Chiefs: Chief’s coin

50th Security Forces Squadron: coin

50th Operations Support Squadron: coin

850th Communications Squadron: coin

Wing Plans: coin, staff roster and CD-ROM

Joint National Integration Center: coin

50th Communications Squadron: patch cable

Comptroller Office: group photo

Chaplain’s Office: documents and calendars

Services: glass tennis ball

Health and Wellness Center: refrigerator magnet and stress ball

Harris Corporation: letter

Colorado Technical University: sports bottle and article

Judge Advocate General: group photo

50th Space Wing 10th anniversary commemorative coin

 

Contents of the 2017 capsule:

50 SW commander:  Commander's coin, wing flying scarf, unit patch, decal, video of active shooter exercise

50th Force Support Squadron: David Cook show flyer and Green Dot pin

50 CES:  Emergency Management Responses information

50th Contracting Squadron:  Group photo

50 SFS:  Squadron coin and personnel roster

50th Operations Group, Det. 1:  coin and explanation of its Defense Meteorological Satellite Program mission

50 OG/OGV:  coin and explanation of division responsibilities

1 SOPS:  Disk containing photos and news relating to GSSAP

2 SOPS:  Buck Rogers Decoder Ring, "Humanity" headband, squadron coin and 20-year patch

3rd Space Experimentation Squadron:  unit patch and coin

3 SOPS:  Photo of wing retreat, photo of WGS launch, WGS-8 launch commemorative pin, squadron T-shirt and coin

4 SOPS: unit coin, unit patch, squadron t-shirt, factsheets about the unit and its mission

50 OSS:  group photo and article on initiation of courses under Space Training Transformation

22 SOPS: AFSCN Link Protection System coin and explanation

23 SOPS: Information packet on re-opening of Joe English Pond, which had been closed for 18 years

50 SCS:  Hard drive with unit patch affixed

50 CPTS:  Commander's coin

Safety office:  Article on Space Safety

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office:  Rubik’s cube puzzle

Wing First Sergeants:  1st Sgt Creed and coin