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Team Schriever adapts to fulfill duties

By Marcus Hill | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change workflow here, but various squadrons to adapt to accomplish its mission. The 50th Comptroller Squadron, 50th Force Support Squadron and Airman and Family Readiness Center continue to operate by appointment and the Satellite Dish dining facility remains open for mission essential personnel.

The 50th CPTS, which manages all pay and travel related services, travel claims, bonuses and collection of debts, currently functions with two Airmen. Senior Airman Sean Musrasrik, 50th CPTS financial operations technician, ensures customers earn the correct pay on time despite current circumstances.

“Whether I’m mission essential or not, I know I play a part in the mission,” he said. “I already knew that I played a part in the mission before COVID-19, but this reinforces to me that I have a purpose here.” With numerous essential and non-essential personnel working remotely, Musrasrik and the rest of the 50th CPTS go “above and beyond” to complete their tasks. “We know finances are a big part of life,” he said. “We do our best to make sure we give them every detail we can. It holds value for at least two of us to be here and provide the best customer support that we can. ”

As is the case for the 50th FSS’ Manpower and Personnel Flight, which cut its hours to 8 a.m. — noon in order to limit face-to-face contact. Tech. Sgt. Susan Gonzalez, 50th FSS section chief of customer service and force management, typically guides the flight’s operations and helps Airmen and civilians obtain their common access cards. The MPF adjusted its methods to continue its service. “Since we moved to appointments only, it’s definitely decreased the amount of people in our lobby,” Gonzalez said. “We usually would have a full lobby. It’s still close quarters because of the nature of getting your picture taken and getting fingerprints, but we’re cleaning every 30 seconds to make sure that everything stays sanitized and is good to go.” The virus presents challenges to Airmen, but leadership provides methods to keep everyone on base safe.

“We have to be a little more cognizant with people coming in, not just ourselves,” Musrasrik said. “We still maintain our distance and clean where we are. As soon as we touch one thing, we’re sanitizing it. It’s a different lifestyle, but we’re still committed to fulfilling our duties.”

For updates regarding COVID-19, visit the base’s Facebook page or Schriever.af.mil and the Schriever page on the Air Force Connect App.

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