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50 FSS wins AFSPC awards

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Force Support Squadron recently earned three Air Force Space Command awards and will represent the command at the Air Force level.

The squadron earned the Professional Development Program of the Year, Civilian Personnel Program of the Year, and Manpower and Organization Program of the Year awards.

"I am extremely proud that we are able to represent AFSPC in the Civilian Personnel, Manpower and Professional Development Teams of the Year. (They) do an amazing job day in and day out to support the Total Force at Schriever.  We are very thankful the 50th Space Wing and AFSPC have recognized their efforts," said Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chrisman, 50 FSS superintendent. "We have great people (who) do amazing jobs every day."

The squadron is responsible for installation personnel support activities, including military and civilian personnel offices, manpower functions, education and training functions among others.

In 2015, the Professional Development office led 12 First Term Airmen Center classes and transitioned 135 Airmen from pipeline to base operations and directed base and formal training for more than 2,200 personnel.

"As a flight, we are honored to win this award," said Master Sgt. Heather Abney, Schriever career assistance advisor. "The competition this year, was nothing short of excellent.  As the flight chief of the Professional Development Center, I am very proud and honored to be a part of this prestigious team of three.  This is not a typo, we are a three-man team here in our flight.   We are a team who goes beyond the scope of our day-to-day duties in helping Schriever Airmen to include our civilians in training and professional development. Just like our FSS motto states, 'The best serving the best.'"

Moreover, the flight also established nine senior leadership panels with 19 leaders mentoring more than 80 Airmen on supervisory skills.

The Manpower and Organization Flight's achievements in 2015 include realigning five operations squadrons, finalizing the first ever AFSPC security manager study and revamping the wing contract review process.

"The AFSPC award is reflective of the professionalism and hard work our management analysts put in every day working all of the 50 SW's manpower issues," said Derek Hamby, Manpower and Organization chief. "I'm proud and fortunate to have the epitome of professionals in Rebecca Richardson, Jeffrey Roob and Brandon Schirm working in the Manpower and Organization Office."

Meanwhile, the Civilian Personnel Office oversaw two rounds of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay in 2015. As the organization in charge of all things civilian systems, the flight managed the civilian employee appraisal system and directed bargaining union negotiations.

"The men and women of the 50th Force Support Squadron work tirelessly to deliver world-class customer service to our base population," said Maj. Merrell Mobley, 50 FSS commander. "Many times, their efforts are underappreciated, so I'm absolutely ecstatic that the Civilian Personnel Office, Manpower Office and Force Development flight all earned such prestigious awards.

He concluded, "The aforementioned AFSPC wins are appreciated very much and serve as testimony to what these remarkable people do each and every day."
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