Wing dominates communications awards
By Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 29, 2016
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Space Wing recently dominated the Air Force Space Command's 2015 Defense Information Systems Agency and Defense Information System Network Facilities of the Year Award.
The 50th Space Communications Squadron and 21st Space Operations Squadron won two awards each, garnering four honors out of the six categories.
The 50 SCS's Tech Control Facility and Telephone Switch office earned the Category III DISN Transmission Facility and Category V Defense Switched Network End Office Switch awards, respectively.
"I am extremely proud of both work centers," said Lt. Col. David Case, 50 SCS commander. "The Tech Control Facility has 50-plus military, civilian and contracted experts working around-the-clock to engineer new long haul circuits and maintain over 1,500 existing circuits for all 50 SW and mission partner operations. The five Telephone Switch civilian professionals add, remove and move commercial and DSN telephone service for the entire base population."
Case said both teams meticulously documented all training, maintenance actions and trouble reports for trend analysis in an effort to proactively avoid unscheduled outages. During the past year, these two award-winning teams worked together on a Department of Defense-wide initiative to consolidate and streamline DISA's DSN service management.
In 2015, the squadron oversaw the closure of 991 circuit outages, supporting 24 satellite launches, 168,000 satellite contacts and eight missile intercepts. The team also managed more than 700 telecommunication service orders, ensuring services for more than 4,000 combatant command users worldwide.
Additionally, the 50 SCS completed more than 7,400 preventive maintenance inspections, significantly reducing the possibility of equipment failure as well as responded to more than 350 unscheduled maintenance actions.
"I am grateful for the teams' leadership and the rigor they put into every step in the processes they follow. They are stellar examples of the professionalism found within the 50th Space Wing," Case said.
Meanwhile, the 21 SOPS's Patch and Test and Defense Satellite Communications System Earth Terminal Facilities won the Category I Small DISN Transmission Facility and Category DSCS and Wideband Global Satellite Earth Terminal Facility awards, respectively.
Based at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the unit maintains and updates status of the Air Force Satellite Control Network resources, providing configuration and readiness condition of controlled resources.
"It's inspiring to work on such an outstanding team. The level of professionalism demonstrated across the 21 SOPS, and in particular by the personnel who run our Patch and Test and SATCOM facilities, is unmatched," said Lt. Col. Phillip Verroco, 21 SOPS commander.
Verroco concluded, "For Patch and Test this marks the fifth win in a row at the AFSPC level with the previous four wins also netting the award at the DISA level. Winning at any level is no easy feat, and I'm very proud of the team's performance."