By Senior Airman Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Members of the 4th Space Operations Squadron Mobile Operations team cut the ribbon on the new Mobile Operations Sustainment Center June 7. The building project saves the Air Force more than $600,000 in costs and provides a collocated work environment for the entire team.
With the help of the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, 50th Space Communications Squadron and numerous other base entities, the mobile operators trimmed the original $900,000 center construction estimate down two-thirds of the projected costs by renovating an existing building and vehicle bay.
“What we are doing here as leaders is what we should be doing, enabling our people to get the job done in a more efficient manner,” said Col. James Ross, 50th Space Wing commander. “This was absolutely a team effort. This entire team’s innovation made them able to be good stewards of the tax payers’ dollars.”
Saving money aside, the new building enables team integrity and unity with its single Schriever address..
“I am so excited to see the vision of a consolidated work center come to fruition,” said Lt. Col. Scott Trinrud, 4 SOPS commander. “This effort will bring together the mission planning, terminal operations, mobile maintenance and the Advanced Satellite Mission Control System operations functions together under one roof. The synergy created will bolster the 4 SOPS mobile mission.”
The team converted the existing maintenance bay into an office space for the entire team and added a larger maintenance bay. The original maintenance bay could hold one ground mobile unit and about 10 people. Now, the expanded bay can hold one advanced ground mobile unit, 30 people, all necessary equipment and still have room for maintenance operations.
“This is huge for us,” said Capt. Brandon Wilson, 4 SOPS mobile maintenance flight commander. “Before this, we had one part of the mobile team on another base and people in buildings spread all over the base. This makes it so much easier. It’s no longer a phone call away. It’s now just a desk or a hallway away.”
Ultimately, the collocation of the team is better for the mobile mission.
“All of us together make for better communication, training and open flow of information across the board,” said Capt. Jeff Guido, 4 SOPS mobile operations flight commander. “The nature of our mission means there are a lot of people who are constantly training and people who are constantly moving into the mission. Being collocated will ensure a free flow of information throughout all levels, which is ultimately better for the mission.”
After the ribbon cutting, attendees were provided a tour of the facility.