By 50th Space Wing
Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander, held his first commander’s call in the Main Fitness Center here, Sept. 17.
Senior Airmen Timothy Benifield, 50th Mission Support Group; Karl Teichmann, 50th Network Operations Group; Airmen 1st Class Melissa Dower, 50th Operations Group, and Janice Noell, 50th Space Wing staff, led the audience with the Airmen’s Creed to kickoff the event.
Colonel Monteith opened the CC call, expressing his concern for the safety of personnel assigned to the base. He then introduced Tech. Sgt. Steven Briggs, 50th Space Wing ground safety manager, who shared some winter driving safety tips.
Sergeant Briggs reminded everyone how quickly winter can set in and how beneficial it can be to prepare a vehicle for a season of winter driving.
He also listed numerous items to place in a winter safety kit, including a flashlight with batteries, jug of water, first aid kit, candles, matches, and more.
Sergeant Briggs then turned things over to Bob Mathis, Actus Lend Lease Air Force Portfolio Management vice president, who provided an update to the audience on the Schriever Base Housing project.
Mr. Mathis said the first home was occupied Aug. 26, with 24 homes each month scheduled to be occupied in the first year.
He also provided details on future projects and expansions to enhance Schriever’s community, including an 8,000 square feet community center with a pool and splash park, currently under construction.
Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Sheehan, 50th Space Wing command chief master sergeant, then took the floor to remind everyone to look after each other as the holiday season approaches.
“Get to know your co-workers, be good Wingmen, and look out for each other,” he said. “Sometimes a few kind words can go a long way.”
Chief Sheehan also quizzed the audience about customs and courtesies and paying proper respect during reveille and retreat.
Col. Kenneth Allison, 50th Space Wing vice commander, then spoke about the importance of attending team-building events such as upcoming Air Force Academy tailgate parties hosted by the 50th and 21st Space Wings.
“It’s important to work hard and get our mission done,” Colonel Allison said. “But it’s also important to take the time to get to know one another and our families.”
Colonel Monteith then stood to share his observances and vision for the 50th Space Wing after his first month as commander.
He spoke about the amount of change that has occurred in the last three years: three different commanders, the construction of base housing and base facilities.
Colonel Monteith then spoke about his background and upbringing, stating that he came from a long line of enlisted military members and how important physical fitness is to him, along with the importance of accountability and responsibility.
“You never stop being an Airman,” he said. “Inside or outside these gates, you represent this wing, this Air Force, and this nation.”
Colonel Monteith said he also plans on visiting as many places as he can because he is curious to learn about everyone’s role on the base.
“I will be in your spaces and in your faces,” he said. “Because I am genuinely curious about learning what each and every one of you do.”
He then spoke about the upcoming year and the importance of preparation through wing exercises.
“We are all leaders as well as followers,” Colonel Monteith said. “I expect all of you to mentor, motivate and inspire each other.”
As he closed, Colonel Monteith challenged everyone to become visible members of the surrounding community and to meet his own enthusiasm and excitement to be part of the Schriever Team.
“I’m as excited today as I was as a 2nd Lieutenant,” said Colonel Monteith.