By Capt. Holly Hess and Maj. Trevor Nolan
21st Space Wing
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Lt. Col. Scott Brodeur took command of the 4th Space Control Squadron July 6 in a ceremony on Holloman Air Force Base.
Lt. Col. E. Marcus Caughey relinquished command to Brodeur before the squadron’s Airmen and distinguished visitors.
Brodeur, who was previously assigned to the 4th SPCS when he was a captain, returns to Holloman AFB from the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., where he served as the deputy chief of operations.
The 4th SPCS, known as the Pirates, is a tenant unit on Holloman AFB and a geographically separated unit assigned to the 21st Operations Group.
The squadron is responsible for delivering defensive and offensive counterspace capabilities and space situational awareness, as appropriate, to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile effects in support of global and theater campaigns.
Col. Jennifer Moore, 21st OG commander, presided over the ceremony and described what it means to be a squadron commander.
“As a commander, you invest not just your time, but your heart and soul in your unit,” she said. “You take justifiable pride in their accomplishments, and suddenly it’s time for you to turn it over to someone else and trust them with what’s become your prized possession.”
Moore highlighted the many accomplishments of the men and women of the 4th SPCS during Caughey’s tenure.
“In the last two years, he deployed more than 20 Pirates to (United States Central Command), provided more than 3,000 hours of space situational awareness support to coalition forces, and protected more than 2,300 (communications links) from enemy exploitation, in our ongoing overseas contingencies,” she stated.
Under his leadership, the 4th SPCS Airmen exuded the Air Force core value of service before self.
According to Caughey, “These folks aren’t just about the mission, they’re also about personal development and the community.”
Caughey stated the Airmen led support initiatives such as Asian Pacific Islanders heritage month events, the Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon, Relay for Life participation, and the Children, Youth and Families Department “Big Give,” an initiative benefiting foster children in the Alamogordo community.
Caughey and his family are excited to relocate to Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., where he will be enrolled in senior developmental education at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
During his opening remarks, Brodeur commented on his expectations for the unit.
“My number one expectation is to have men and women of integrity, and that’s not only on duty but off duty,” Brodeur said. “My second expectation is men and women of service, service to the squadron, service to the 21st Space Wing, service to the 49th Fighter Wing and service to the community. And third, I expect excellence in all we do.”
Brodeur looks forward to leading the Pirates over the next two years.