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50th Space Wing engages community leaders during State of the Base

Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, briefs attendees on the Schriever mission, vision and priorities during the annual State of the Base at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 25, 2019. Attendees spent the morning learning about the installation’s progress and future endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, briefs attendees on the Schriever mission, vision and priorities during the annual State of the Base at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 25, 2019. Attendees spent the morning learning about the installation’s progress and future endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander, speaks with Corbin Hart City of Fountain economic developer, during the annual State of the Base at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 25, 2019. State of the Base provides leaders opportunity to engage community members about Schriever’s mission and vision, and partnership opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

Col. Jack Fischer, 50th Space Wing vice commander, speaks with Corbin Hart City of Fountain economic developer, during the annual State of the Base at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 25, 2019. State of the Base provides leaders opportunity to engage community members about Schriever’s mission and vision, and partnership opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

More than 50 Colorado Springs community leaders met with installation leaders at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado during the annual State of the Base, April 25.

State of the Base provides Schriever leaders the opportunity to bolster partnerships with Colorado Springs, El Paso County and state civic and community leaders.

Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing and installation commander; Col. Dean Sniegowski, 310th Space Wing commander and Army COL. Edward Anderson, National Space Defense Center deputy director, briefed community leaders on their respective mission areas.

Grant introduced the newest members of her staff and highlighted Team Schriever’s growing importance.

“We have been self-identified, propagated and re-identified as the epicenter of space,” Grant said. “This has gained traction and taken root in this community, expanding to the greater Colorado Springs area. The Front Range has so many things to offer in terms of support not just for the military, but for the space mission as well.”

The theme for this year’s State of the Base is growth, expansion and partnership.

“This base and community is the crux and the critical point of the space mission,” she said.

Grant highlighted how Schriever AFB is continuing to support the Air Force’s priorities.

“Restoring readiness is a strong focus,” she said. “We flagged space mission force and the cyber defense operations last year, which we have here as tip of the spear efforts we are engaged in and are continuing to push the envelope in both of these.”

Grant elaborated on how Schriever AFB is increasing and improving readiness through partnerships with various community leaders.

“We have been able to leverage some of the agreements we have to increase the degree of training our operators get,” she said. “We look at this from an integrated standpoint across all of our mission sets.”

Additionally, she shared progress on current and upcoming Schriever AFB projects such as Innovative Warfighters Advancing Readiness program, training facilities, fitness and resiliency centers and youth centers.

 Grant then introduced Sniegowski to discuss the relationship between the 50th SW and 310th SW, and how the community plays a role for the citizen Airmen of the 310th SW.

“Twenty percent of our reserve Airmen are fulltime but the other 80 percent are probably working for your companies,” Sniegowski said. “In fact, one of our Airmen is one of your companies.”

He went on to extend appreciation for the contribution of the community in support of the citizen Airmen.

“You allow them to continue to wear their uniform and serve their country. I want to thank you for that,” he said.

Sniegowski described 310th SW’s growth and the economic impact contributions the reserve wing provides to Schriever AFB.

“We are at four different bases, we have mission partnerships at Vandenberg, Peterson and Buckley Air Force Bases, our Airmen are everywhere,” he said.

Sniegowski explained the importance of the community partners, especially to Reservists.

“About 90 percent of the 310th SW Airmen serving in Colorado live in Colorado,” he said.

Grant concluded the event by expressing the value in the partnerships with the community leaders.

“If there are two words everyone on this installation knows, understands and embraces it is one team,” Grant said. “It extends past the installation and the community because we can’t do what we do without strong partnerships.”