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Team 5-0 in the Arena

Lt. Col. Jason Burch, 50th Network Operations Group deputy commander (Courtesy photo)

Lt. Col. Jason Burch, 50th Network Operations Group deputy commander (Courtesy photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

As we do every summer, Schriever welcomes new and inspiring commanders that will continue to lead the women and men of Team 5-0 along the journey of mastering space, through groundbreaking innovation and fostering teamwork.  This journey has challenges, including limited manpower, funding and time. However, the journey is necessary because what we do every day protects our friends, families, fellow warfighters, allies and our country. 

As we continue to move forward together, I wanted to share a quote from President Theodore Roosevelt titled “The Man in the Arena” that I hope inspires everyone as much as it inspires me.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Truth told, I have President Roosevelt’s quote taped to the back of the notebooks that people may see me carrying around from time to time.  Keeping it nearby was a routine I started at the beginning of my squadron command.  The quote, along with a copy ofLincoln on Leadership and outstanding support from leaders, subordinates, family and friends provided the encouragement and strength necessary to overcome what seemed like insurmountable challenges during the journey of command. 

“The Man in the Arena” inspires me to step out, go the extra mile and engage with my teammates every day.  It pushes me to not be a bystander, but to face and overcome challenges head on to achieve mission success. 

My hope is that President Roosevelt’s quote serves all members of Team 5-0 well during our journey together.