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  • Lt. Col. Highlander: Encourage your team to think for themselves

    Since an early age I’ve always had an inherent curiosity about how things worked. How was this designed? How do these parts work together? I wanted to understand the how of everything. I quickly discovered I am one of those people who has “the knack” and understands how things work. Whether structural, mechanical or electrical, if something was broken or not working right (or in some cases, working just fine), I took it apart and figured out how to fix it. Naturally, a career in the engineering field became an extension of that curiosity and remains a key component of the person I am today. After all, engineering is the art of solving problems.
  • Col. Wells: Build relationships today to strengthen your tomorrow

    Back in April 2014, I was the Space Communication Squadron Commander at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The crisis action team was assembling to understand the circumstance of a significant communication outage, assess mission impacts, and prioritize and coordinate corrective actions. For weeks leading up to this day, the Buckley AFB flight line was undergoing a significant construction project, which included tearing up and replacing major portions of the runway.
  • We need you

    From day one in our Air Force careers, we discuss the challenge of how to balance the mission and our people. “Mission first, people always,” or, “take care of your people and they’ll take care of the mission,” are common schools of thought. But one thing is certain – our core value of service before self is the center focus regardless of which theory you subscribe to. Our people sacrifice daily by giving every ounce of what they have to accomplish the mission because it’s our way of life, and our freedom depends on it.
  • Aldrich challenges Airmen: Learn about your wingmen

    When I was asked to provide a commentary I was overwhelmed and not sure what to write about.  Then it hit me, does anyone know where I was born or the rest of my story?We speak of being a good wingman, to me it’s more than being aware of your coworkers – it’s trying to get to know the people we pass all the time, whether walking to the clinic,
  • Lt. Col. Teke: Build rapport, trust to cultivate connection

    Commander's Commentary by Lt. Col. Christopher Teke, 50th Civil Engineering Squadron
  • Why I wear the uniform

    Schriever first-term Airman explains why she wears the uniform.
  • Space operator encourages warfighters: Win tomorrow’s conflict today

    “Let me be very clear, although space is clearly a warfighting domain, we do not want to fight a fight that extends into space. We seek to deter that conflict, and the best way I know how to do that is through a position of strength.” – Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of U.S. Space Command. Listening to Raymond’s remarks recognizing the establishment of U.S. Space Command reminded me of a passage from “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu: “Supreme excellence consists in breaking the adversary’s resistance without fighting.”
  • Attitudes are caught not taught: Catch a good one

    Austrian psychiatrist, neurologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl once said, “Everything can be taken from a person but one thing, the last of human freedoms – the right to choose one’s attitude given any situation or circumstance, to choose one’s own way.”
  • Schriever squadron commander shares thoughts on why ‘knowing your people’ isn’t enough

    The leadership adage “know your people” is so common it borders on cliché. When you hear this, it’s worth thinking about what the advice means and whether it is still sound. The intention behind the saying is meaningful ...
  • Learn what you can control, bloom where planted

    In the highly competitive environment of our normal day-to-day Air Force careers, it is sometimes easy to get caught up in the discussion of what you will do next. Is it time to apply for your dream job in a highly selective unit? Should you enroll in a highly selective education opportunity? Is it time to move on to the next phase of your life? 

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Last week, Schriever Airmen participated in the Front Range Expeditionary Exercise which simulated real-time pre-deployment procedures to test the mobilization effectiveness of the 50th Space Wing. We're always ready!
Hey everyone! Tomorrow is the 11th annual Diversity day! It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself and experience the other cultures that truly make us the Master of Space. Starting at 10 a.m. at the indoor running track, it’s a great way to sample food, see demonstrations and experience things hands on. Don’t miss out!
Did you know that the Unite program can be used by units to increase resiliency and cohesion? It’s a unique opportunity that almost anyone can take part in! Call FSS to find out more.
The Chaplain's office hosted a retreat for single company grade officers in Breckenridge. This retreat gave officers the opportunity to meet with and connect with their peers.
In case you missed it last week, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-5 communications satellite was launched from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The AEHF-5 is the newest military communications satellite that is survivable, secure, protected and jam-resistant.
Our Defenders are always training. The 50th Space Wing Security Forces Squadron recently conducted training to familiarize security forces members on how to properly identify controlled substances.
Chief Towberman, AF Space Command Command Chief, knows the importance of recharging, and implements it in his work-life balance.
Air Force civilians, this is a great resource. The Employee Assistance Program can help you work through problems at home or at work, and offers free kits for various needs. Check out their Facebook for contact info.
This Friday Schriever will host a Holocaust Days of Remembrance ceremony at the fitness center. Come join us at 10 a.m. for the ceremony, static displays, reenactors and kosher foods. To find out more check out the article: https://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1921692/schriever-air-force-base-to-host-days-of-remembrance/
Schriever has begun using a new DoD program to catch serial predators. This system is designed to increase the prevention of sexual assault by using a confidential system to find sexual predators without victims having to come forward, unless they want to. To find out more read the article here: https://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1931207/schriever-implements-new-dod-program-to-track-sexual-predators/
El Paso County officials confirmed the plague is responsible for the death of two prairie dogs on base. This is a relatively regular occurrence on the base and throughout the Colorado Front Range, particularly in wet years like this has been. Out of an abundance of caution, Schriever leadership has closed part of the running track closest to the impacted colony along the west perimeter fence line between the Enoch and Irwin gates. They have also closed the Blue Road west of the driveway to Buildings 901 and 902. Additionally, the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron is coordinating to secure a pesticide treatment in the affected colony to eradicate the fleas and reduce the likelihood of the plague spreading. Awareness of symptoms and risks is the best way to keep residents and personnel safe, and the risk is overall extremely low. If you see a dead animal on base, please report it to 50 CES at 50.ces.ceie.workflow@us.af.mil or by calling 567-3361.
“High expectations give encouragement, they give permission to be bold, and they give purpose to hard work.” -- Col. Robert Riegel, 460th Space Wing vice commander, Buckley Air Force Base https://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/Article/1922055/high-expectations/
Schriever and Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing leadership hosted a summertime barbecue for base junior enlisted Airmen. https://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1920381/airmen-enjoy-summer-bbq-at-peterson-afb/
Starting a new school year can be exciting and overwhelming. Schriever helping agencies and community partners came together to host a back-to-school event to help families and kids prepare for the new school year. https://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1922634/schriever-families-attend-back-to-school-event/
2nd Space Operations Squadron recently celebrated successful on-orbit testing of the new GPS III satellite. The satellite provides improved capabilities and will help our space warfighters maintain the gold standard in GPS position, navigation and timing. https://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1922014/evolution-of-space-2sops-prepares-for-gps-block-iii/
Schriever chaplains and 50th Mission Support Group leadership took time to break bread with Airmen during their resiliency picnic. https://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1920492/chaplains-office-serves-airmen-strengthens-resiliency/
Team Schriever: Country music artist McKenna Faith invites you to First Friday tomorrow. https://www.facebook.com/Schriever50FSS/videos/649827475530798/?v=649827475530798
Gen. Jay Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, spoke with Team Schriever Airmen about the evolution of the space warfighter during a recent all-call. Raymond addressed warrior culture, advances in the space domain, and new training tracks for space operators. https://www.schriever.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1923621/air-force-space-command-all-call-addresses-future-of-space/