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USec AF visits Schriever AFB

(U.S. Air Force photo illustration /Dennis Rogers)
Senior Airman Kaley Franklin, 4th Space Operations Squadron communications system operator, explains her job responsibilities to Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning Monday at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The squadron’s mission is to operate the Air Force’s protected MILSATCOM systems, which provide warfighters global, secure, survivable, strategic and tactical communication during peacetime and throughout the full spectrum of conflict.

By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Schriever Air Force Base Monday to see the 50th Space Wing’s global mission firsthand.

Fanning, who was sworn into office April 29, visited Schriever, Peterson and Buckley air force bases as part of a two-day orientation to Air Force Space Command operations in Colorado.

“It was a privilege to meet so many Airmen who have helped make the Air Force the global force it is today. You certainly live up to the motto, ‘Masters of Space,’” Fanning said. “We face difficult choices ahead, but your expertise and professionalism will continue to be vital to the success of joint operations around the globe. Thank you for your continued dedication and selfless service in support of this great mission.”

During the visit, wing leadership showcased several recent accomplishments, such as the initial operation capability of the Integrated Operations Environment and the recent inclusion of the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Fanning into the Air Force family and to highlight the 50th Space Wing mission — to command and control satellites to deliver decisive global effects,” said Col. James Ross, 50th SW commander. “We have a lot to be proud of as a wing and a base and we are happy to demonstrate that to our Air Force senior leaders.”

The under secretary also met with Airmen and toured the wing’s 1st, 2nd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons and the base’s Central Utility Plant.

As under secretary, Fanning is responsible for Air Force matters on behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force to include the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its Total Force Airmen and their families. He also oversees the service’s annual budget, and serves as the Air Force’s chief management officer, the senior energy official, and the focal point for space within Air Force Headquarters.

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