By Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Coinciding with a commander’s call, the 50th Operations Group hosted a Space Mission Force transition event May 26 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
The Space Mission Force construct, which began Feb. 1, establishes a Ready Spacecrew Program that provides for continuation training aimed at maintaining spacecrew proficiency as well as advanced training that is designed to advance the skills, knowledge and competencies required to accomplish the mission in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment.
The event is an iteration of what the group has done in the past, which previously included a commander’s call, crud tournament and socialization. However this time, the event added a more informational tone for Airmen going into their combat rotation.
“We received a lot of feedback from the squadrons within the group. One of which was they don’t know what resources are available to them, they feel isolated and alone while they are in their combat rotation,” said 1st Lt. Josh Thogode, 50th Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation Division officer in charge of procedures and event coordinator.
In the same mold as deployment in-processing briefing, the transition event was designed to provide information to these Airmen about various helping agencies on base. These organizations included the chaplain, Airmen and Family Readiness Center, physiology, mental health, Family Advocacy, and Military and Family Life Counseling.
Master Sgt. Peter Jason Uson, Airman and Family Readiness NCO in charge, was one of the briefers during the event. He reiterated the importance of providing information to Airmen.
“Just the fact that before I got the job as the NCOIC, I didn’t know how many services we provide. I went through my experience in my career and thought, if I knew the resources then, I could have helped myself and my Airmen better,” Uson said.
He added, to be an effective leader, knowing where to send Airmen when they need help is a big factor.
“Our goal is to educate people. A lot of Airmen don’t even know what’s out there,” he said.
Thogode concluded, “This event gave faces to names and organizations who provide help to our Airmen and their families during their rotation because that’s what it comes down to, taking care of our families and the mission. We want to show them that they are not alone and they have a robust support structure for both themselves as well as their families.”