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Col. Grant hosts Fall Conference

Commander's Conference

More than 70 Schriever leaders attended the 50th Space Wing Commander’s Conference at multiple locations throughout Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 14-16, 2018. Col. Jennifer Grant, (center) 50th SW commander, hosted the event to refocus and energize the wing’s collaborative and innovative efforts as we execute our missions in space and cyberspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Space Wing commander gathered more than 70 leaders across the wing and base for the Fall Commander’s Conference at multiple locations across Colorado Springs, Nov. 15-16.

Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, encouraged maximum participation to ensure the greatest possible rallying of the total force team executing and evolving space and cyberspace superiority through integrated and innovative operations.

“We have a strong team here and being able to pause to ensure we’re all on the same page as we go forward is critical to our success,” she said. “We are operating in a dynamic environment, but what is reassuring is that we are consistent in our focus on mastering space and cyberspace operations.”

The conference topics covered everything from community partnerships to on base opportunities for enhanced growth and cross talk. The USO presented information on their partnering for First Fridays and other morale events as well as their partnering with the Airman and Family Readiness Center for outreach programs such as the USO Pathfinder.

“We can’t do this work alone,” said Grant. “Fortunately we have great community partners who help us take care of our Airmen and their families who are expertly executing our missions.”

Part of executing that mission is looking for ways to innovate and integrate throughout the base’s operations. Grant highlighted the recent Innovative Warfighters Advancing Readiness panel and how it demonstrated the culture needed to succeed today and tomorrow.

“The panel was a great opportunity for us in leadership to see how our Airmen are looking at problems and coming up with solutions,” Grant said. “But this is just the start. We need to continue to look for ways to do our work better and that takes each and every one of you to empower and encourage your innovators.”

Each of the wing’s three groups, the director of staff and the wing’s Reserve counterparts presented snapshots on their respective areas to highlight where they’ve been and opportunities and challenges in the coming months.

“It was a great opportunity for us as the only space wing in the Reserve to be able to take time out and recognize the great things we’ve accomplished together,” said Col. Stephen Slade, 310th Space Wing vice commander. “Seeing where we’re going and areas where we can increase our partnerships in the future are key for advancing our total force effort.  One team…now and into the future.”

Leadership invited the 50th Operations Support Squadron to brief Space Flag and Schriever Wargames lessons learned including tactics presented to higher headquarters for implementation. Air Force Space Command leaders also spoke on their evolving organizing, training and equipping focus. Medical leaders followed and presented updates impacting the community’s beneficiaries.

“Nowhere else would I have access to the majority of this information in one place,” said Paul Aldrich, 50th SW Small Business Director.  “It was a great opportunity to learn more about the different mission areas. We had good dialogue and we were able to strengthen relationships with our counterparts throughout the base.”

The conference’s success wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of multiple agencies to include the 50th SW Protocol Office and the 50th SW front office staff.

“I am grateful for the team’s efforts to make this event possible,” said Grant. “They did a great job and I appreciate everyone’s eagerness and involvement throughout the conference.”