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Schriever Sentinel

Army colonel recognizes Schriever’s space capabilities

By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The 2nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division commander from Fort Carson visited Schriever and held a Warfighters Talk July 26 in the Building 300 Auditorium.

Army Col. John Kolasheski talked about his brigade’s deployment in Afghanistan from May 2011 to May 2012 as well as how the 50th Space Wing’s space capabilities helped his team.

“I just want to use this opportunity to say thank you [to Team Schriever],” said Kolasheski. “There’s layer upon layer of organizations that helped support Soldiers in the field. The 50th Space Wing is one of those in terms of their support for GPS and communications. Sometimes you don’t realize how you’re contributing.”

The GPS support is critical in providing situational awareness on location of forces in addition to the communication support the wing provides, he said.

“We operated in a very decentralized fashion with units that are geographically separated, with some more than 100 kilometers [apart],” Kolasheski said. “Our ability to send data through satellites was very important.”

Through its varied platforms, the wing provided the full breadth of data capability to the battlefield.

“It was an honor to be a commander of U.S. Soldiers, operating in Afghanistan — a mission that I think is of critical importance to our nation and to the region as a whole,” Kolasheski said. “It gives me great pleasure to come out here and meet with members of the 50th Space Wing to talk about that experience and also say thank you for the support they provided.”

During the event, Kolasheski also presented coins to Schriever Airmen and a memento to Col. James Ross, 50 SW commander, to show his appreciation.

“We are in this fight with you,” Ross said. “We hope this is a first of many partnerships between 50th Space Wing and the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division to further develop our people.”

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