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STAR team to support 50th Operations Group

By Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The Space Team for Airmen Resilience program hosted an open house and burger burn to celebrate their new facility in Building 442, Dec. 10.

The team began in October as an operational support team to the installation and is currently embedded into the 50th Operations Group.

“The purpose of this event is so Airmen in the 50th OG know where we are,” said Maj. David Beutler, 21st Medical Squadron STAR operational support flight commander. “We are not in the same building as the 50th OG, so anytime our services are needed, they know how to find us. It also allows them to get more interaction with our team and see who we are and what we are.”

During the event, the team had their offices open and were on hand to interact with participants.

“I think having burgers, chips and soda helped get everyone out, and with the five therapy dogs coming out, I saw so many smiles,” said Beutler.

The STAR team program is in its pilot phase and is an initiative led by Gen. John Raymond, United States Space Command and Air Force Space Command commander, to fulfill the 50th Space Wing commander’s priority of connecting and taking care of Airmen.

“Schriever is unique as an installation, due to the limited services,” Beutler said. “With the nature of the mission here, we will be focusing on mental health and morale. We are trying to identify causes and things that contribute to breakdowns in the system in order to bring [them to the] attention of the command, and hopefully they can make informed decisions on how to treat those issues.”

The STAR team consists of a physician assistant as the team lead, a medical technician, a chaplain, a chaplain’s assistant, a psychologist, a social worker and a mental health technician. Together the team provides support to the various needs a member may have.

Beutler said the team has a musculoskeletal team and the capability to see patients at the clinic, in T-135 by the fitness center or conduct consultations in their facility for anything acute.

“We also have our chaplain team who supports anything related to resilience, spirituality, social, finances and other areas and to focus on mental health we have a clinical psychologist, and will have a social worker and mental health technician in the coming months,” he said.

The team will work with the 50th OG for the first year. As the program continues, they will eventually shift focus to another group.

“One thing for members to keep in mind is although we are working with the 50th OG, we see military members exclusively,” said Staff Sgt. Anissa Testaverde, 21st Medical Squadron technician. “We don’t see civilian contractors or general schedule personnel.”

There are plans to make the team even more accessible via cell phones and the team will conduct operations for shift workers in order to be accessible to all Airmen within the 50th OG.

For more information about STAR, email Beutler at or contact 567-3250.

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