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Inaugural Team Schriever annual awards celebrates champion team

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Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th SW command chief, stand with category one civilian of the year Bertha Espinosa, 21st Medical Squadron nurse, at the inaugural 2018 Team Schriever Annual Awards banquet at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 8, 2019. Espinosa was one of many civilians who received awards during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Annual awards

Team Schriever members prepare for the medallion ceremony during the inaugural 2018 Team Schriever Annual Awards Banquet at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 8, 2019. Award nominees passed through a saber arch as they entered the ballroom for the evening’s event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Annual awards

Schriever Airmen and their families eat dessert during the inaugural 2018 Team Schriever Annual Awards banquet at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 8, 2019. More than 330 people attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

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Donald Wilson, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency communications center supervisor, and his wife proceed through the saber arch during the inaugural Team Schriever Annual Awards Banquet at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 8, 2019. The banquet honored Team Schriever “stars,” from Airmen to civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Annual awards

Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th Space Wing command chief, addresses the crowd during the inaugural 2018 Team Schriever Annual Awards Banquet at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 8, 2019. The banquet’s theme was An Evening with the Stars, celebrating all Schriever nominees and award winners, as well as their friends, family and coworkers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Annual awards

Nominee trophies sit on display during the inaugural Team Schriever Annual Awards Banquet at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 8, 2019. Leaders presented each nominee as they were announced at the banquet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Annual awards

Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th SW command chief, stand with senior noncommissioned officer of the year Senior Master Sgt. Miranda Gomez, 50th Space Communications Squadron superintendent, at the inaugural 2018 Team Schriever Annual Awards banquet at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 8, 2019. This was the first year Team Schriever and the 50th SW held an awards ceremony together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

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Three hundred and thirty Schriever Airmen and their families celebrated the hard work and dedication the wing and installation accomplished in 2018 during the inaugural Team Schriever Annual Awards banquet March 8 at the Antlers Hotel.

This year’s theme, An Evening with the Stars, honored Team Schriever “stars,” from Airmen to squadron commanders.

Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, hosted the ceremony.

“It is awesome to be up here and to look out and see a room filled with this many outstanding Airman and their families, friends, spouses and coworkers,” she said. “This is amazing. Thanks for being here and taking the time.”

Grant ended her remarks expressing gratitude for Team Schriever’s hard work in and outside of work.

 “I’m proud to be a commander of this wing and proud to be an installation commander,” she said. “We have crushed our UEI, we have crushed it in terms of the level of care and consideration we afford taking care of our people and recognizing all of the hard work and time investment.

“We are proud and place a value and a premium in recognizing the family members who help and support those accomplishments,” Grant continued.  

After opening remarks, invocation and dinner, Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th Space Wing command chief, welcomed and the champion team.  

“There is no place else on earth that I’d rather be right now,” he said. “Schriever is known for creating history. At the epicenter of space, at this defining moment, I believe we’re making history.”

Alexander went on to thank some of the base’s senior leaders, as well as squadron commanders and their support staff.

“I want to thank every champion in this building tonight,” he said. “We are the best at what we do and the adversaries know it. We dominate that professional realm, but I also want to focus on the personal side of things.”

Alexander said Team Schriever is voice for the voiceless, and encouraged attendees to always try to help others.

“We dominate the professional realm everyday but we must never forget to focus on the personal,” he said. “Champions, be a voice for the voiceless, fight for a worthy cause and use your talents to elevate others.”  

Senior Master Sgt. Cory Shipp, 50th Force Support Squadron superintendent, and Senior Master Sgt. Miranda Gomez, 50th Space Communications Squadron superintendent, were selected to plan the event, beginning the process in December.

“Chief’s vision was so grand, he wanted the venue to match,” Shipp said. “We set out to find affordable places that were also military friendly.”

Twelve volunteers at the first planning meeting turned into 72 at the close of the banquet.

“They were working before, during and after,” Shipp said. “We had a team of superstars, and they were all dependable.”

Although there were challenges along the way, Gomez said the team adjusted and executed without hesitation.

“We just pressed,” she said. “That’s all you do. You just adjust on the fly. It’s all about flexibility.”

Gomez’s favorite part about the evening was looking out into the audience and seeing everybody happy.

“We wanted that wow factor,” she said. “For everybody to just notice your hard work is a good feeling.”

Both Gomez and Shipp were appreciative of each other for working hard and getting the job done.

“If I didn’t have her, we would have gotten it done, but it wouldn’t have been as fun,” Shipp said.

Gomez agreed.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better partner,” she said. “This dude is awesome, and spending time in his office listening to how he handles mission, leading, taking care of his boss and leading the awards was awesome.”