By Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 50th Space Wing sent 11 members from 4th Space Operations Squadron and 50th Operations Support Squadron on a temporary duty assignment to the Wideband Satellite Operation Center at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
The Airmen spent two days at the WSOC talking to various operators from Alpha Co., 53rd Signals Battalion learning about their specific positions and their associated duties to improve communication between agencies and better utilize their expertise.
First Lt. Rosalinda Alfaro, 4th SOPS Defense Satellite Communications System Engineer, one of the 11 to attend said discussions involved the 4th SOPS operations construct, the satellite vehicle expert position, and the threats to wideband military satellite communications.
“We manage the bus and they manage the payload,” Alfaro said. “We wanted to better understand their operations and help them to understand ours so that we can improve communication, optimize our working relationship and provide excellent wideband MILSATCOM to our customers.”
The trip aimed to strengthen the joint-warfighting effort between 53rd SIG Bn. and 4th SOPS.
“Our communication with the Army is critical since we each control specific aspects of the wideband constellation,” Airman First Class Aaron Hartman, 4th SOPS satellite vehicle expert said. “It was important that the 50th OSS came along on the trip because they are responsible for training new Airmen on the specific weapon system that the Airman are assigned within 4th SOPS. Any new information that 50th OSS can attain from the Army will better equip our future Airmen coming through their training environment.”
50th OSS’s goal in the visit was to improve their processes in supporting Alpha Co. through intelligence product distribution and threat overviews.
Airman First Class Devin Vega, 50th OSS intelligence analyst, said the cross-talk provided the necessary information to better prepare them for the future.
“The impact was great for Alpha Co. to see and hear from 50th OSS Intel, give them a better understanding of the intelligence available to support and assist with their daily operations through intelligence product distribution and increase their knowledge on current and future threats to space operations,” he said.
The 4th SOPS and 53rd SIG Bn. will work through action items discussed during the visit to enhance communications between the two organizations. Additionally, 4 SOPS and 53rd SIG Bn. will pursue future exchange opportunities, with trips planned in the coming months to other WSOC’s to improve the joint effort.