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Schriever shares glimpse of future

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall takes time out for a photo with men and women of the 3rd Space Operations Squadron during his visit to the base Sept. 2.

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall takes time out for a photo with men and women of the 3rd Space Operations Squadron during his visit to the base Sept. 2.

By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

During a two-day visit to Colorado Springs, U.S. Senator Mark Udall stopped by Schriever Sept. 2 for an update on the base’s mission and Military Construction projects currently underway.

Sen. Udall was welcomed by Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander, along with members of base leadership as the visit began with a tour of the newly constructed base housing area.

After breaking ground only a year ago, Sen. Udall learned that seven families are already living in base housing, with 24 more homes scheduled to be occupied within a week.

After touring the interior of the home, the senator was briefed about future construction projects such as a community center with an indoor swimming pool, a baseball field, parks, playgrounds and expansions to the base’s child development center and main fitness center.

Lt. Col. Vincent Fisher, 50th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Tech Sgt. Jared Psinas, 50 SFS, also informed the senator about a planned security forces training complex and firing range, which would provide both Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases with pre-deployment training opportunities.

Sen. Udall was then briefed by the 2nd and 3rd Space Operations Squadrons by Lt. Col. Deanna Burt, 2nd Space Operations Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Kevin Daugherty, 3 SOPS operations officer, in a combined briefing about the mission each squadron.

After thanking the men and women of the 50th Space Wing, Senator Udall concluded the tour with a trip to the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center, where he visited the Army’s 100th Missile Defense Brigade, the Operations Support Center and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense.

Udall echoed the sentiment provided by the base’s leadership on how important Schriever’s mission is to men and women in harm’s way.

“Your distance from the fight doesn’t diminish the impact you have on it,” he said. “I look forward to supporting you all.”

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