End of the beginning

Lt. Col. Gregory Karahalis, 50th Operations Group vice commander

Lt. Col. Gregory Karahalis, 50th Operations Group vice commander

To the Men and Women of the 50th Space Wing,

My latest tour at the Schreiver comes to an end in a few days. It has been a great honor for me to serve with you at the beginning of incredible change in the wing, Air Force Space Command and the Department.


I first arrived at Schriever in 2003 at the end of mainframe computing, and now depart at the beginning of automated satellite operations, mission defense and cloud computing.  Your future will be assisted by machine learning and data analytics that anticipates mission requirements, schedules missions automatically, and reports successful completion, thereby freeing you to defend our constellations and ground systems from threats to the space effects our fellow warfighters depend upon down range.


I recently returned to Schriever in 2014 in time to witness the end of legacy training, and see the beginning of the Space Mission Force.  The impact for our people and the base is thrilling.  The training and the results are vastly more meaningful to evolving our people and the tactics they use.  Your challenge for the future is to drive innovative changes to this training that make it more realistic and allow us to explore the envelope of space warfighting.


In 2006, the end of my first assignment here, we instigated a Wing Integrated Operations Center. Now we begin to integrate the 50 SW with the National Space Defense Center. You should expect more awareness of activity in space and to interact with a wider joint team of space warfighters.  The success of this union is instrumental to the mastery of space.


From the beginning to the end of my time here at Schriever, I have seen great and enormously talented people making amazing changes to our systems, to the way we think and train, and to how we operate and integrate as a space warfighting team. Reflecting on the end of this assignment, at the beginning of such an incredibly important time for this wing fills me with tremendous pride to have been privileged to work with all of you. 


At the beginning of the Space Age, sixty years ago, General Bernard Schriever said, "In the long haul, our safety as a nation may depend upon our achieving space superiority." That beginning has now ended.  It is upon you here today to guide the wing and Air Force Space Command into the future whose security depends on you to lead the change.


I will follow your future avidly and wish for many great accomplishments to come.