By Senior Master Sgt. April Smurda
Advanced Space Operations School superintendent
The Advanced Space Operations School held the eighth annual Claire L. Chennault awards ceremony March 15.
Lt. Col. Vincent Cassara, ASOpS commander, presented the Claire L. Chennault Space Tactics Award to Lt. Col. Daniel Bourque, ASOpS Space Professional instructor, for the instructor category and to Maj. Timothy Jones, ASOpS Mission Support flight commander, for the support category.
“I was truly honored to receive the Chennault award for support,” said Major Jones. “I could not have earned this award without the combined efforts of my mission support flight team. My appreciation also extends to the great leadership at the school for creating an environment of excellence. This award has been a crowning achievement in my 27 year officer and prior-enlisted AF career.”
The award is the highest honor bestowed to an ASOpS member and is presented to the government instructor who provides the greatest contribution in the arena of space tactics through outstanding classroom instruction, curriculum development, contributions to space tactics development and support required to directly enhance the delivery of space and missile capabilities to the warfighter.
“I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award when there are so many other deserving instructors making a huge difference in the classroom and in the field,” said Colonel Bourque. “I feel blessed to be surrounded by such great folks — they’re what make the ASOpS an awesome place to work.”
During the ceremony, Colonel Cassara explained the importance of the award and how it dates back to when the unit was known as the Space Operations School in 2003. “Today, we recognize our best instructor and support personnel,” he said. “We’re keeping the tradition alive, especially with our mission of training space warriors to deploy.”
The award is named after Lt. Gen. Claire L. Chennault in the spirit of his many contributions to aviation and the Air Corps Tactical School, which is very similar to the role ASOpS plays in advancing space education and training.
The ASOpS is Air Force Space Command’s premiere advanced space education and training organization and was officially activated April 1, 2009 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The squadron belongs to the 595th Space Group and the Space Innovation and Development Center. The ASOpS conducts training through space fundamentals, deployment preparation and advanced courses. For more information on the courses offered, visit the ASOpS website at: https://www2.peterson.af.mil/ASOpS.htm.