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Reserve commander highlights 19 SOPS

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Air Force Reserve Command's top brass highlighted the 19th Space Operations Squadron during the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense's budget hearing in Washington D.C., March 16, 2016.

Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, Chief of Air Force Reserve and the AFRC's commander, praised the squadron for its people and achievements.

"Reservists continue to prove themselves in operations around the world," said Jackson. "We are committed to recruiting the right people, men and women, who possess the training and skills needed to succeed in the technologically demanding domains of air, space and cyberspace. We continue to excel in these areas."

"For example, last month, the 19th Space Operations Squadron supported the final Global Positioning Satellite IIF launch, a milestone for the GPS constellation, but also one that impacts the lives of every American. The daily contributions of our highly experienced reservists provide essential capacity in support of missions critical to the Air Force and our nation," the general continued.

Nineteen SOPS was the only unit Jackson specifically highlighted in his opening statement.  The 19 SOPS commander, Lt. Col. Samuel P. Baxter, was understandably filled with pride.

"This highlight to Congress, coupled with 19 SOPS recently being named Air Force Reserve Command's unit nominee for the Air Force Association's Citation of Honor, demonstrates how our GPS mission accomplishments are being recognized by the highest levels of Air Force Reserve leadership," said Baxter.  "This is a true testament to the continuity and expertise of the unit's citizen Airmen and the strong partnership with our active-duty associate, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, who also deserves tremendous credit for these shared mission accomplishments.  Team Blackjack, as we are nicknamed, relies on an incredibly talented group of active duty military, reservists, civilians and contractors dedicated to the success of GPS."
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