By Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —
Lt. Col. Jennifer Reeves, 50th Operations Group deputy commander, along with six other 50 SW members represented Schriever Air Force Base in a “Women in Military Satellite Operations” panel.
“Panels offer a great opportunity for children and adults alike to hear from people who have actually done what they may be interested in,” she said. “What’s especially unique about panels is that the questions are real-time and audience members get to participate by asking about topics that interest them. The members of the 50th were able to talk authoritatively about the mission of the 50th and the great contributions it makes to our military and national challenges.”
During the Summer of Discovery, exhibits and programs were available to help people of all ages understand the importance of space and support the Space Foundation’s mission to inspire, enable and propel humanity, according to Carol Hively, public relations and team communications director for the foundation.
The panel addressed those in attendance about the wing’s capabilities, the roles women play in multiple squadrons, satellite tracking, telemetry and commanding functions, providing global warfighters with precision, navigation and timing, protected communications and space situational awareness before taking questions from the audience.
“The women on the 50th Space Wing panel spoke to an audience of various ages and both genders, including parents who brought their daughters to ask questions and learn about career choices,” said Hively. “The women on the panel emphasized the importance of education in preparing them for their jobs, but also the importance of physical fitness in preparing for a military career.”
“The women of the 50th Space Wing brought to life for their audience, who ranged in age from 3 to 73, the crucial responsibilities they handle each and every day,” said Kathy Vinson, Space Foundation human resources and administration vice president. “We’re very lucky to have such exceptional talent, who are ready and willing to engage the public and, perhaps most importantly, who are able to convey the importance of the 50th Space Wing to our nation’s safety and security.”
One goal of the Space Foundation is to help build the next generation of space leaders and improve the overall quality of education through teacher, student and community programs that use space themes to improve students’ interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“[The] panel served as excellent role models for any young person who attended the presentation and gave their audience a better understanding of the practical applications of STEM education,” said Hively.
The Women in Military Satellite Operations panel also included Capts. Beverly Fulgencio, 4th Space Operations Squadron; Kristina Stewart, 3 SOPS; Gail Smicklas, 50 OG; 2nd Lt. Sara Holman, 2 SOPS; Senior Master Sgt. Christine Wall, 50 OG; and Staff Sgt. Cherish Dempsey, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron.
For more information about the Space Foundation and to see a calendar of events for the Summer of Discovery, visit www.spacefoundation.org.