SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The wing’s senior enlisted leader engaged 50th Space Wing Airmen about the state of the wing, future operations and quality of life initiatives during an all call here Jan. 23.
The call came at a pivotal time for the wing, which performs the majority of space operations for the Department of Defense and is assigned to the newly-established United States Space Force.
“[Submarines], fighters and bombers are all great, but they are lethal and devastating when paired with what we’re doing from this base,” Alexander said.
The chief encouraged Airmen to keep a champion mindset and stay focused on visualizing victory – over, under, through or around any obstacles that may get in the way.
“Champions fight for worthy causes; champions are a voice for the voiceless; champions use their given talents to elevate others,” he said. “We pray for peace, but we’re ready for war.”
Alexander talked about conflicts over time, and how the capabilities 50th SW Airmen project help shape the outcome and the victories of those conflicts, both from the air and from beneath the ocean’s surface via precision-guided munitions and military satellite communications.
“The greatest air and space power creates multiple dilemmas for the adversary,” he said. “We have the ability to project decisive effects from space, across all domains.”
He explained the importance of visualizing victory through adversity, and shared his personal grief of losing his mother and grandfather within 90 days of one another – two of the most important people in his life.
The chief told Airmen to consistently find ways to be champions, even if that means going around the dilemma they’re facing.
“Life can be a bully,” he said. “What are you grappling with today? Are you so focused on the closed doors that you can’t see the open ones? What personal or professional traffic jams are you in right now? Visualize victory; find your way to it – over, under, through or around.”
Airmen asked questions of Alexander, as well as senior enlisted leaders from across the installation. The questions ranged from mission to quality of life issues, and how to increase morale and be better wingmen.
“Look to your left and to your right,” said Chief Master Sgt. Steven Whitworth, 50th Operations Group superintendent. “We have the ability to create more synergy because of our size – learn why the person on your left and your right joined and why they stayed.”
All the enlisted leaders agreed that care, compassion and connection are what keep the heart beating for the wing, and all the Airmen who serve in it.
The overarching theme of questions was how the establishment of U.S. Space Force will affect Schriever and its operations.
“[We] will still touch every instrument of national power,” Alexander said. “We have the opportunity to write the pages of history today. In 20 or 30 years, will your children – your grandchildren – still be able to say ‘we are the absolute best at what we do, and our adversaries know it?’”