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New commander takes reigns of 50 CONS


Lt. Col. Ruth Spencer, 50th Contracting Squadron commander, accepts the guidon from Col. Edward Baron, 50th Mission Support Group commander, during an assumption-of-command ceremony held in the atrium of he DeKok Building June 12.

Lt. Col. Ruth Spencer, 50th Contracting Squadron commander, accepts the guidon from Col. Edward Baron, 50th Mission Support Group commander, during an assumption-of-command ceremony held in the atrium of he DeKok Building June 12.

By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The 50th Contracting Squadron welcomed their new commander, Lt. Col. Ruth Spencer, in an assumption-of-command ceremony in the DeKok Building atrium June 12.

As commander of 50th CONS, Colonel Spencer will command a team of 80 military and civilian professionals who provide wing-level operational and specialized contracting support for the 50th SW. Worldwide these programs are valued at more than $1.2 billion.

The squadron provides oversight on more than 1,000 contracting actions annually in support of United States Strategic Command, Air Force Space Command, the president and the secretary of defense.

The squadron is also responsible for contractual support of the Space Innovation and Development Center and other 50th SW tenant units as well as administration of the 50th SW Quality Assurance and Small Business programs.

Colonel Spencer comes to Schriever from HQ AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, where she was chief of the resource management division, directorate of contracting.

She has asubstantial background in space operations contracting due to several assignments in AFSPC, starting in the 21 CONS at 21SW at Peterson AFB as a contract specialist and operational contracting officer. Subsequently, she was at SMC at Los Angeles AFB as a systems contracting officer for the Delta II launch vehicle program office supporting GPS launches. Colonel Spencer also served as deputy chief of contracting for DMSP and later for MILSATCOM.

She returned a year ago from her deployment as chief of the services contracting team for Multi-National Security Transition Command executing contingency efforts in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Colonel Spencer was commissioned in 1993 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

Her major awards include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal and three Air Force Achievement Medals.

Colonel Spencer’s degrees include a dual Master of Arts in management and acquisition management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Texas Christian University.

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