By Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan
21st Space Wing Public Affairs
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — At the first commander’s call of 2014, Col. John Shaw, 21st Space Wing commander, presented the new wing mission, vision, priorities and objectives to those in the audience at the auditorium here and to 21st SW geographically separated units around the world via the internet. He also discussed many of his top priorities in depth and answered questions from wing members during the commander’s call Jan. 9 at the base auditorium.
“I really do believe that the 21st Space Wing is the premiere Air Force wing of this century,” said Shaw. “All of the missions (of this wing) are vitally important and will be increasingly important to this nation. It is also important to understand that we need to be excellent today, but also understand how we can sustain excellence into the future.”
Shaw said he looked back at more than 10 years of wing mission and vision statements and found that they reflect the times in which they were made. The new mission statement combines all aspects of the wing’s different skill sets and capabilities with the current challenges of the wing.
“You owe it as a leader of an organization, to know if the most essential pieces of the mission and the guidance given to the wing are on target,” said Shaw.
Mission Statement — Provide and employ global capabilities to ensure space superiority and to defend our nation and allies.
Along with the mission statement is the end goal, or where the wing needs to be, the vision statement.
Vision Statement — The Wing of the 21st Century — Driving Excellence Today and Tomorrow.
To ensure the accomplishment of the mission and the vision, Shaw unveiled six priorities for the wing.
Priorities — Win Today’s Fight; Posture for Tomorrow’s Fight; Take Care of Our People; Strengthen Partnerships: Service, Joint, Allied & Community; Pursue Innovation & Effective Stewardship of Resources; Promote a Culture of Dignity and Respect.
Shaw mentioned two of his 21 specific objectives in regards to the new wing priorities; sexual assault prevention and fitness.
The 21st SW needs to continue to foster an environment of dignity and respect, said Shaw. Members will not feel comfortable reporting or approaching the topic of sexual assault prevention without it.
In regards to fitness, Shaw said he has two new goals for the wing.
“We want to be a culture of fitness. Part of our job is to be in shape; so we want to have 21 wing-wide fitness events this year,” he said. “Our wing is currently at a 97.5 percent passing rate on our physical fitness tests, but we want to be 99 percent; it takes supervisors, leaders and individuals to make it a priority. We also want to reach 70 percent excellent scores over a 90. If we can get to these goals in 2014, we will have a wing down-day.”
Shaw closed the commander’s call by emphasizing his command philosophy highlighted by pursuing excellence in all you do, drive excellence for tomorrow and be excellent to each other.