SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The 50th Operations Group hosted the 13th annual Maj. Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell awards banquet in the fitness center’s indoor running track June 1.
Every year, the banquet is held in honor of Morrell, former 2nd Space Wing commander at Falcon (now Schriever) Air Force Base from 1988 to 1990.
During Morrell's tenure, the unit earned its first Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and was responsible for the initial operational test and evaluation of nine major space systems. Following his long, fulfilling life and career, Morrell passed away Feb. 8, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The Morrell banquet and events planning responsibility passes from squadron to squadron within the OG every year. This year, the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron and the 50th Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation Division led the effort. Planning began November of last year.
“I am the advertising point of contact; my job focused on getting the word out to the 50 OG,” said 2nd Lt. Jordon Huff, 50th Operations Support Squadron. However, this event is the product of the hard work and hours of attention to detail by members of 3 SES and OGV, as well as volunteers throughout the 50 OG. Without them, this event would not be possible.”
The event highlighted and awarded 50 OG members who best epitomized the values and characteristics Morrell displayed during his career. Those include penetrating vision, uncompromised commitment to excellence, highest possible standards and expectations, unwavering courage needed to shape the future and a ceaseless drive to develop and mentor future leaders.
The winners from each category were as follows:
Airman: Senior Airman Tyler Daniel - 2nd Space Operations Squadron
NCO: Tech. Sgt. William Farrington - 3rd Space Operations Squadron
Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Tim Tichawa - 50th Operations Support Squadron
Civilian: Larry Linnenburger - 4th Space Operations Squadron
CGO: 1st Lt. Chelsea Moss - 4th Space Operations Squadron
Approximately 220 guests attended the banquet.
“The event went smoothly,” said Senior Airman Jonathan Aragon, 3 SES technician.
“My unit helped to lead the event, so to see it come to fruition was a huge success. I thought it was great we could do it here on Schriever this year. I’ve been a nominee for the past two years; just to get nominated proves the work we do is recognized and that’s all we can ask for. It’s a fulfilling feeling.”
The guest speaker for this year's event was Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, director of Integrated Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command.
“It is great to be with American heroes here from Team 5-0,” Whiting said. “Today we celebrate Maj. Gen. Morrell and all the individuals over the past year who demonstrated the level of excellence associated with his legacy. He always set high expectations, maintained personal accountability, responsibility and integrity, while always remaining fair in his decisions. His foresight and leadership were critical to the evolution of the 2 SW and to perhaps, the most recognized unit in Air Force Space Operations, the 50 SW. The 50 OG continues his legacy through outstanding mission execution, innovation and space warfighter development. His legacy lives on every day through every one of you.”
Huff explained the significance of honoring Morrell during these events every year.
“It brings the 50 OG together and celebrates the finest qualities and hard work we strive to emulate every day,” Huff said. “Whiting's speech paid tribute to Morrell as his friends and family knew him. He put the entire event into perspective for guests and nominees. It was an honor to have such a high-ranking keynote speaker in attendance.”