SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
As we approach Halloween, I look back with amazement on how fast another year has gone by. Before we know it, 2018 will come to a close, and we will roll into another year.
I hope each of you will take at least a few moments as we close out this year to stop and celebrate both our individual and corporate success here at Schriever.
When we think about success, we often start by looking to our left and right. All too often, we compare ourselves to the competitive pool of our peers here in the military and write off the value of our accomplishments as common place, average, or routine. In addition, our fast operations tempo drives a pace where instead of celebrating our wins we immediately turn our attention to the next project. However, we really do have a cause to celebrate. Here at Schriever AFB we are truly a championship team accomplishing something great, I would argue even historic.
In both the 50th Operations and Network Operations Groups, we made the vision of advanced space warfighting a reality, integrating warfighter ethos into all operations. We did this in addition to maintaining near perfect mission success rates (to include conducting a first ever, full operational mission transfer to backup locations with little to no loss of mission) while bringing on advanced capabilities, including new or upgraded ground command and control systems, antennas and satellites, as well as first-ever capabilities to guard our missions through standing up mission defense teams.
The 50th Mission Support Group was also pivotal to the new acquisitions, projects and activities by supporting contracts, finance and execution of these projects. Further, they brought on new activities boosting the welfare of our personnel and celebrating our Airmen’s quarterly award, promotion and graduation successes. This was in addition to providing and expanding security, training, personnel, financial services, legal, medical and other support for our military members and their families so Airmen could keep their focus on the mission.
Similarly, the 50th Space Wing mission partners played a key role in each of the above mission successes as well as success of many other missions throughout Air Force and the Department of Defense. While I cannot do justice in explaining your work like I can for the 50th SW, I say thank you and congratulations all the same.
We really do have a lot to celebrate. However, I also realize despite our successes, some of our Airmen face serious struggles. This is where I would like to highlight the work of another group of unsung heroes on our base.
The chaplains, Military Family Life Consultants, Airman and Family Readiness Center and mental health professionals are here each and every day supporting our Airmen in need. We will never know how many lives have been changed and even saved by these teams and their members who dedicate their lives to support our Airmen.
As such, if you find yourself struggling, please do not suffer in silence. While each member of our championship team is important, please recognize everyone at some point suffers an injury and needs to take time to recover (this applies to mental and spiritual fitness as well). If this is you, I urge you to take time and reach out to get the help you need, the help you deserve and the help these professionals are eager to give.
While we still have a lot of work to do and cannot stop to rest for long, I once again encourage you to take at least a moment and recognize the importance of the part each of you played in the outstanding, even historic, successes at Schriever this past year.
We are truly a very diverse team with a wide ranging set of tasks to accomplish, but I’m impressed by how we come together to excel at our mission each and every day. I am excited to see where we go from here and what new things we will be celebrating into 2019 and beyond.