Having Gen. C. Robert Kehler, U.S. Strategic Command commander, visit Schriever to present the 2012 Omaha Trophy to the 50th Space Wing was a great start to 2013. For the second time in three years, the wing captured the trophy for Global Operations.
The trophy is awarded annually to military units that demonstrate the highest performance standards in USSTRATCOM’s global strategic mission. Selections are based on formal evaluations, meritorious achievement, safety and other factors such as community involvement and humanitarian actions.
“These units demonstrated the highest standards of performance in support of USSTRATCOM’s array of capabilities in space, cyberspace and strategic deterrence,” Kehler said. “We applaud the members of these units for their outstanding contributions and extend our heartiest congratulations on their selection for this prestigious award.”
The accomplishments and recognition for Team Schriever continued throughout the year.
In just its third year of operation, the Vandenberg Air Force Base Patch and Test Facility, a key player in 50 SW business, added one of the nation’s top communications awards to its already impressive resume: Outstanding Defense Information System Network Facility of the Year for 2012
As part of the 21st Space Operations Squadron, it provides command and control communications support to the Air Force Satellite Control Network. It links more than 150 Department of Defense and allied satellites, eight remote tracking stations, NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. It also supports the National Reconnaissance Office, the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program and the White House Communications Office among other agencies.
The VAFB Patch and Test Facility maximized network availability for mission users, executed an enterprise-wide crypto modernization effort and supported communications for 12 successful launches, all while maintaining a 99 percent mission reliability rate.
The award is decided and presented by the Defense Information Systems Agency’s continental U.S. branch, which recognizes the top organization in six categories.
Additionally the year saw Air Force Space Command’s Space Training Evolution Plan team named one of three finalists for the 2013 Chief of Staff Team Excellence award Oct. 8, 2013. The winner will be announced this year.
That’s good news for two Schriever space-operator training units who have contributed to the team’s performance. The 50th Operations Support Squadron operates the Standard Space Trainer here while the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center houses the Distributed Mission Operations Center for Space facility. They partnered with other Air Force units to create the AFSPC STEP team, which was designed to develop an efficient and interchangeable space-operator training system.
With these crowning achievements as just the tip of the iceberg that also holds many individual achievements at group and Air Force levels, it’s no wonder the 50th Space Wing has been dubbed the “Master of Space.”