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14 AF commander visits Schriever

By Senior Airman Naomi Griego

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, 14th Air Force commander, visited Team Schriever June 30 to experience the missions and meet with Airmen.

Raymond held an all call at the Schriever Fitness Center where he discussed current challenges the Air Force faces in today’s fiscal environment and to commend Schriever Airmen on the great work they’re doing.

He also discussed the priorities of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, which are to perform warning and assessment, provide capabilities to the joint warfighter, as well as protect and defend our space assets.

“There is nothing we do as a military that isn’t reliant on the space capabilities that you do here,” said Raymond. “What you do is significant.”

Raymond took the time to acknowledge several Airmen who he believed to be extremely sharp and left a lasting impression on him.

“We should strive to be like these Airmen not only as individuals but as organizations as well,” he said. “Try to build on the core values they exemplify, as part of our operations, be a good person, have a good attitude and play by the rules.”

He also said that everyone has an impact one way or another on the space mission here regardless of what unit they work for.

Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, thanked Raymond for taking the time out of his busy schedule to spend the day with Team Schriever.

“Your visit afforded us a unique opportunity to discuss certain issues, but more importantly to highlight what our Airmen are doing,” said Liquori.

Raymond’s visit included a breakfast with various enlisted members together with Liquori and Chief Master Sgt. Lavon Coles, 50th Space Wing command chief.

Additionally, he toured and met with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons, 50th Operations Support Squadron and 50th Security Forces Squadron.

“I’m very impressed with what I saw here today,” said Raymond. “I just ask that you continue to focus on mission excellence and maintain a commitment to professionalism. I think with the right focus, we can do anything.”

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