By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
More than 22 years before becoming the wing commander at Schriever Air Force Base, then 2nd Lt. James Ross, drove onto base for the first time to report as a satellite operator with the 3rd Space Operations Squadron. So it was like coming home for the colonel when he held his first commanders call here Sept. 1.
Ross took time during the call to let the members of the 50th Space Wing know a little about him, his command philosophy, his expectations and goals for the wing.
Like many members of Team Schriever, Ross, a Texas native, enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and fishing as well as watching his favorite football and basketball teams.
He stressed that enjoying off-duty time needs to be equally balanced with being efficient at work.
“There needs to be a balance between work and home,” said Ross. “The only way to achieve that balance is to be efficient and effective while you are at work.”
Ross’s command philosophy suggests that for everyone to achieve a high level of efficiency and effectiveness it has to flow from the top down.
“I strongly believe that leaders set the example and the tone for everything,” commented Ross. “I work out early in the morning because I believe fitness is important and the morning is the best time for me to get a workout in. Leaders set the example and that includes behavior, fitness and appearance.”
Though leaders need to set the example, Ross stressed that he expects everyone to follow the Air Force core values, not only on duty but off duty as well.
“We are a member of the military 24 hours a day,” said Ross. “You should live by the core values at all times, not just while you are at work. That’s what makes us different than those who don’t wear the uniform. Our willingness to live by these core values at all times.”
Along with living by the core values, Ross also expects all members of Team Schriever to take care of one another and create and promote an environment of respect and dignity.
The future for Team Schriever is bright according to Ross and his initial priorities for the wing include continuing 100 percent mission success, developing our people, completing the military satellite communications integrated operations environment, building the Schriever community and enhancing quality of life here, and enhancing the relationship with the community and mission partners.
As Ross wrapped up his first commander’s call he invited Chief Master Sgt. Randy LaCombe, 50th Space Wing command chief, to the stage for the last time as the command chief. LaCombe will be retiring in the coming months.
“On one hand, I’m sad, this is my last commander’s call, and on the other hand I’m happy, this is my last commander’s call,” said LaCombe. “I have enjoyed every minute of serving with the men and women of the 50th Space Wing.”
Before ending, representatives from squadrons throughout the base spoke to the wing about upcoming projects and activities, to include the upcoming fiscal year closeout activities as well as the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign.