By Jennifer Thibault
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
On his 680th day in command, Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander, held his last commander’s call in the base fitness center here.
The intent of the call was to update members on the wing’s operations, highlighted by each of the three groups’ senior leaders.
Col. John Shaw, 50th Operations Group commander, touted recent operations achievements and milestones, specifically the success of the combat flex exercise and DSCS anomaly resolution procedures and more generally the role our satellites played in recent humanitarian efforts around the world.
Next, Lt. Col. John Giles, 50th Network Operations Group deputy commander, explained the group’s operations where space and cyber collide. He highlighted the group’s mission as well as that of its 14 geographically separated units.
The mission support group rounded out the updates. Lt. Col. Kevin Williams, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, informed audience members of the continuing busy forecast on the construction horizon.
“We are dealing with 26 year old infrastructure here so it’s time to get these projects done,” said Williams. “Some will disrupt traffic flow on the base and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve the base.”
Williams also noted the upcoming completion of some high-profile projects. The Temporary Multipurpose Facility just west of the main fitness center is expected to open this month and the indoor running track is set to open in early August. In addition, 50 CES is planning to have a contractor install lighting around the outdoor track this fall.
Col. Monteith took the stage to praise the wing for their devotion to making smart decisions as noted by the wing having only one DUI in the last 243 days.
“We passed our [operational readiness inspection/unit compliance inspection] as well as the only limited ORI done last year,” said Monteith. “We gained 10 new satellites last year and three mission sets. And we filled 242 homes.”
There was even more good news to share as the commander updated all in attendance on his battle against cancer.
“First I want to say thank you for doing what you do every day, by committing to perfection you have enabled me to be able to lead this wing and serve with you while I fought cancer. I had my last treatment [this month] and the doctors say I am cancer free.”
The commander took some questions and answers before recognizing the following who were selected for promotion through the Senior Airman Below-the-Zone board:
Airman 1st Class Cameron Marmolejo, 3rd Space Operations Squadron; Airman 1st Class Abbey Oladiti, 50th Comptroller Squadron; Airman 1st Class Ryan Uribe, 50th Comptroller Squadron and Airman 1st Class Jacob Fennewald, 50th Security Forces Squadron.
Col. Monteith will make his final address to the wing during his change of command ceremony which is set for Aug. 5.