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310 OSS nominated for AFA Aerospace Award

Members of the 310th Operations Support Squadron discuss the tracking of satellites orbiting the earth using a training aid on Saturday, Sep. 9th, 2017.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members of the 310th Operations Support Squadron discuss the tracking of satellites orbiting the earth using a training aid on Saturday, Sep. 9th, 2017. The 310th OSS was nominated at the Air Force level for the prestigious 2016 Air Force Association Aerospace Award Citation of Honor. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Moore)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 310th Operations Support Squadron took Airman innovation and work ethic to new heights when they were nominated at the Air Force level for the prestigious 2016 Air Force Association Aerospace Award Citation of Honor.

“It’s a huge accomplishment and recognition for the hard work that the men and women of the OSS put in supporting the operational squadrons,” said Lt. Col. Kelvin Dumas, 310th OSS commander.

The dedication of the 310th OSS members is reflected in their accomplishments.

“We support a wide range of mission areas such as positioning, navigation and timing, space situational awareness, defense meteorological satellite program, defensive space control and space based infrared system,” said Dumas. “We also worked with the active duty in implementing Patriot Excalibur, which brought Air Force Space Command in line with the rest of the Air Force regarding crew force management.”

Pushing progress ahead with revolutionary thinking, Airmen of the 310th OSS reviewed mission practices.

“About two years ago the 50th and 310th Space Wings decided we wanted a better way to manage our training requirements,” said Technical Sgt. Nicholas Armbruster, 310th OSS Non-Commissioned Officer in-charge of PEX. “After testing a few options, we discovered that PEX could be the solution.”

Designed about eight years ago for those in flying career fields, PEX is a software program that was created to be an all-inclusive tool to manage everything that is related to managing the crew force or mission related needs, said Armbruster. It handles scheduling, training, evaluations, courseware, testing, equipment accountability and overall records tracking.

This rebranding of existing Air Force tools increased the efficiency and mission readiness of the 310th OSS.

“PEX is important to the mission because it allows for the management of space operations mission certification requirements using Air Force standard processes and procedures,” said Dumas. “We sit and work on PEX as a total force. It benefits more than just the 310th OSS, it impacts and benefits all Air Force Space Command units.”

The 310th OSS plans to continue forward with their advancements.

“We want to continue mission effectiveness by taking care of the people and giving them the tools to be innovative to get the mission done,” said Dumas. “We strive for continuous improvement of processes to support the operational units of the wing.”

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