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3rd SOPS welcomes back one of their own

Lt. Col. Jean Eisenhut, 3rd Space Operations Squadron commander, accepts the guidon from Col. Stanford Kekauoha, 50th Operations Group commander, in a change-of-command ceremony in front of the DeKok Building June 23. Colonel Eisenhut succeeded Lt. Col. Brent McArthur as commander of 3rd SOPS.

Lt. Col. Jean Eisenhut, 3rd Space Operations Squadron commander, accepts the guidon from Col. Stanford Kekauoha, 50th Operations Group commander, in a change-of-command ceremony in front of the DeKok Building June 23. Colonel Eisenhut succeeded Lt. Col. Brent McArthur as commander of 3rd SOPS.

By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

A former crew commander with the 3rd Space Operations Squadron is now the squadron’s leader.

Lt. Col. Jean Eisenhut succeeded Lt. Col. Brent McArthur as commander of 3rd SOPS in a change-of-command ceremony in front of the DeKok Building June 23. Colonel McArthur will attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

As commander of 3rd SOPS, Colonel Eisenhut will be responsible for the $2.1 billion Defense Satellite Communications System Phase III and the $1.8 billion Wideband Global SATCOM satellite constellations. She will lead a team of 125 space operations specialists who conduct on-orbit operations, anomaly resolution, defensive space control operations and tactics development for United States military satellite communications.

Colonel Eisenhut returns to Schriever after her previous assignment as deputy science and technology advisor with U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii.

Her career includes a previous tour on the secretariat of the Air Force staff as a program element monitor for the Space Test Program and MILSATCOM portfolio. She has served as a satellite operations and missile warning crew commander, program office test manager, flight commander, executive officer and staff officer at Headquarters, Air Force Space Command.

Colonel Eisenhut entered the Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Iowa State University in 1991. She holds a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees.

Her major awards include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Force Commendation Medals.

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