Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The 4th Space Operations Squadron demonstrated its ability to conduct mobile operations during a training mission exercise Friday at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Through its mobile operations, 4 SOPS has the capability to provide survivable, enduring and secure communications and constellation command and control throughout the entire spectrum of conflict including trans- and post-attack phases of nuclear war.
During the exercise, participants successfully trained loading and unloading 4 SOPS’s advanced ground mobile and antenna onto a C-5 Galaxy and ensure its full operational capability.
“The training mission was not only for us to train loading for our mission but also to give the aircraft unit an opportunity to train as well,” said 1st Lt. Tyler Stiles, 4 SOPS Protected SATCOM Maintenance Flight commander. “It was a great opportunity for everyone.”
Airmen with 4 SOPS partnered with the 439th Airlift Control Flight and 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron to ensure the exercise was as realistic as possible.
“The reason we were able to conduct this exercise was because the 439th commander invited us,” said Stiles. “It was a mutual exercise opportunity for both units. They were looking for opportunities to load their plane and our mission perfectly lined up with what they were looking for in their end.”
During the exercise, the 4 SOPS Airmen familiarized themselves with the checklists, processes and points of contact to ensure the success of the mobile mission. Then, the 439 ALCF flew the C-5 aircraft as part of their training.
Capt. Michael Meoli, 4 SOPS Mobile Operations Flight commander, said the exercise was a great training experience for the 4 SOPS personnel to ensure their proficiency and to identify any shortfalls and issues.
“Obviously, after almost 30 months since the last training, we have had personnel changes,” Meoli said. “A lot of our members have never done this type of training before. It is really good for them to get the experience and be familiar with the process in case it happens in the real world.”
Additionally, the participating agencies were very helpful to 4 SOPS during the exercise, Meoli said.
“I think it was an incredible training opportunity,” he said. “It was definitely something we look forward to doing again in the future. We also want to build the relationship with the 439 ALCF and 21 LRS and ensure that we have a collaborative training environment.”