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New 50th SCS commander: Challenges opportunity for success

Lt. Col. Fred Taylor, 50th Space Communications Squadron commander, accepts the guidon from Col. Mitchell Butikofer, 50th Network Operations Group commander, during a change-of-command ceremony in the main fitness center Feb. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Lt. Col. Fred Taylor, 50th Space Communications Squadron commander, accepts the guidon from Col. Mitchell Butikofer, 50th Network Operations Group commander, during a change-of-command ceremony in the main fitness center Feb. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

By Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Fred Taylor took the reins as the new commander of the 50th Space Communications Squadron in a change-of-command ceremony held in the main fitness center Feb. 4.

Colonel Taylor succeeds Lt. Col. Donald Fielden, who will be assigned as the A6 Director of Communications at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“The 50th Space Communications Squadron has a storied legacy of success,” Colonel Taylor said. “The men and women of the 50th have created that legacy and should be proud of those accomplishments, and I’m honored to have the privilege to lead this squadron and carry on that legacy.”

The new commander engaged the crowd of more than 100 Airmen and civilians on his plans for the future of the 50th SCS.

“In the months and years ahead, the squadron will face many challenges. I look forward to turning those challenges into opportunities for success,” he said.

Col. Mitchel Butikofer, 50th Network Operations Group commander, lauded Colonel Taylor’s career and his ability to successfully lead the 50th SCS.

“Your talents, energy, initiative and your own leadership style, teamed with this magnificent group of folks, your COMM squadron, will write the next chapter in the history of the 50th Space Communications Squadron, and help with the 50th Space Wing’s mission as well,” Colonel Butikofer said.

As commander of the 50th SCS, Colonel Taylor will be responsible for operating and maintaining the $100 million Mission Communications Segment for the Air Force Satellite Control Network and supporting $50 billion in national satellite and terrestrial systems for the President, United States of America, allied and coalition forces.

Colonel Taylor is a 1993 graduate of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. He holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering. He has held various positions including Communications-Computer Systems Staff Officer and Logistics Sustainment Flight Commander. His last assignment was Japan and Korea Country Director, Pacific Air Force’s International Affairs Division, Hickam AFB, Hawaii.

His decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals and four Air Force Commendation Medals.

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