By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
A Schriever captain recently earned the Air Force Space Command nomination for the Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship, usually awarded to fighter pilots and navigators.
Capt. Bryony Veater, 2nd Space Operations Squadron payload systems operator and Weapons and Tactics Flight commander, was notified Nov. 9 of her nomination.
“I’m definitely honored that my leadership thought I would be a good candidate for this award, and I am humbled and honored that my nomination has made it through the AFSPC level,” Veater said.
The award is presented to the U.S. Air Force Academy graduate or graduates who provided significant contributions to airmanship. It includes distinguished accomplishments of aircrew members, as well as exceptional contributions with respect to design, production or testing of an aerospace vehicle or its subsystems.
As a GPS payload operator, Veater is directly responsible for the health and accuracy of 34 GPS satellites. Her technical savvy as a deployed-in-place satellite controller drove her squadron to achieve the most accurate GPS signal in the system’s history for more than 3 billion civil and military users, and provided U.S. Central Command pin-point accuracy for more than 8.4 million pounds of precision airdrops.
“Captain Veater’s accomplishments, from integrating space effects in a coalition environment while deployed, to her to contribution to the GPS constellation here at Schriever, make her the outstanding candidate to represent AFSPC,” said Col. James Ross, 50th Space Wing commander.
Veater was the first-ever female and one of only two space liaison officers in country. While traveling between three International Security Assistance Force Regional Commands and 12 remote locations, she trained more than 200 American, Italian, Lithuanian, British, Canadian and Australian forces on the tactical exploitation of space capabilities.
Her GPS mission support was also vital to munitions employment in theater. She provided accuracy products for testing of a new $41.8 million GPS-aided mortar system, enabling its first operational use in theater. She also reported GPS accuracy for more than 72,000 pounds of ordnance, ensuring zero civilian casualties from GPS-aided munitions under her watch.
As a weapons and tactics flight commander, Veater recognized the need and growth potential for navigation warfare training and operations. She trained a new cadre of Navigation Warfare Operators, boosting the number in the 50th Operations Group by 75 percent. She restructured the squadron’s mission academics program, educated 113 operators, and challenged them to think more critically about the threats facing GPS. Her academics program was adopted by the 50th Operations Group and is now used for training more than 400 space operators performing command and control of eight satellite systems.
“Really my teammates and flight made me look good,” Veater said. “Without their help and hard work, I would definitely not have gotten through this level. Both my deployed team, who gave me the latitude and tools to get the job done, as well as my 2 SOPS weapons and tactics team, which did a lot of the legwork for all of the great things we’ve accomplished.”
Veater will go on to compete with other Air Force nominees.