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Col. Smith addresses wing during all-call

SCHRIEVER AFB, Colo. - Colonel James Smith, 50th Space Wing Commander, speaks to Schriever members during the 50th Space Wing All Call on January 10, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Following the activation of the U.S. Space Force, the all-call served as an informational briefing as well as a place to answer questions for Schriever members.

SCHRIEVER AFB, Colo. - Colonel James Smith, 50th Space Wing Commander, speaks to Schriever members during the 50th Space Wing All Call on January 10, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Following the activation of the U.S. Space Force, the all-call served as an informational briefing as well as a place to answer questions for Schriever members.

SCHRIEVER AFB, Colo. - Colonel James Smith, 50th Space Wing Commander, speaks to Schriever members during the 50th Space Wing All Call on January 10, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Following the activation of the U.S. Space Force, the all-call served as an informational briefing as well as a place to answer questions for Schriever members.

SCHRIEVER AFB, Colo. - Colonel James Smith, 50th Space Wing Commander, speaks to Schriever members during the 50th Space Wing All Call on January 10, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Following the activation of the U.S. Space Force, the all-call served as an informational briefing as well as a place to answer questions for Schriever members.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Col. James Smith, 50th Space Wing commander, addressed the wing during his all-call Friday at the fitness center.

The crux of the conversation revolved around President Donald Trump signing the National Defense Authorization Act to create the United States Space Force.

“This is a huge event and I encourage you to be excited about this opportunity, but also realize this is going to drive a lot of change,” Smith said.

Smith spoke to those varying changes, starting with Gen. John Raymond, U.S. Space Command commander, and his appointment as the Chief of Space Operations.

Smith also noted that every civilian and military space personnel who were previously members of the Air Force Space Command, are now assigned to the United States Space Force, which is about 16,000 people.

“The rest of us are still part of our current service but are assigned to do United States Space Force missions,” Smith said.

He discussed other potential changes including career fields that may or may not transfer. While those in Space Operations are expected to fully transfer, some, like engineers, may only partially transfer. Career fields such as defenders are not expected to transfer at all but will continue to support Space Force missions, as assigned.

Notable bases will also “be realigned to United States Space Force” and likely renamed. Guard and reserve units are also likely to be created or transferred at some future time.

Numerous other items have the potential to change but only after discussion and planning.

“Until you’re told something has changed, all previous Air Force guidance and policies remain in effect,” Smith said.

Smith highlighted other constants such as civilians will remain Department of Air Force employees assigned to Space Force; benefits, rank, retirement, pay and a strong partnership with the United States Air Force, will also stay the same.

“From the squadron level down, the most important thing all of you can do is continue to do is your mission day to day,” Smith said.

Tech. Sgt. Sean Holder, 50th Space Wing Space Operations Command contracting officer, said it was good to have clarification.

“It’s something that we’ve all been talking about for the last few months so it was nice to hear,” Holder said. “I thought it was good. As far as the Space Force-Air Force as a whole, they’re really good with pushing out information. A lot of the things that were talked about were already filtered through. Communication has been really good. It’s great to get that info through email channels and then have it verified by the all-call.”  

Smith intends to hold commander calls regularly as more decisions are made. Stay tuned to Schriever.af.mil and Schriever Air Force Base’s Facebook page for the latest details.

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