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50 SW holds first 2016 commander's call

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, address Team 5-0 during a commander’s call Jan. 29, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Burt talked about the wing’s Strategic Plan and Space Mission Force among others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, address Team 5-0 during a commander’s call Jan. 29, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Burt talked about the wing’s Strategic Plan and Space Mission Force among others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Space Wing commander held her first commander's call for the year on Friday, Jan. 29, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

Col. DeAnna M. Burt talked about the wing's Strategic Plan and Space Mission Force among others.

Burt laid out the new strategic plan and how important it is for Team 5-0 to read and understand it. Here, she laid out the wing's mission, vision and priorities as well as each group and staff agency's goal and objective.

"It is amazing the things you are doing now and what we are trying to get to," she said. "I need to make sure we are looking 10 years out and what we are building together. [The strategic plan] is important because it explains what we want to do as a team for this installation."

The colonel added, "We are winning today's fight because of the work that you do every day on this installation."

Burt also elaborated on the Space Mission Force. On Feb. 1, 50th Operations Group crews rolled forward in support of Air Force Space Command's transformation of the entire Space Mission Enterprise. This is the beginning of a substantial cultural and organizational shift to ensure the entire space force is prepared to fight through and win in a contested, degraded and operationally-limited environment.

To Team 5-0, this transition involved personnel structure and training program changes. In October 2015, the operations crews shifted to a four-month rotation during which time, the members are part of the Space Mission Force performing the operational mission. These forces are presented to the United States Strategic Command commander for combatant command requirements. The bulk of the remaining operations personnel enter a dwell period in order to tackle advanced training to prepare for the mission in a contested environment.

"OG, good work," Burt said.

As part of the commander's call, Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50 SW command chief, also discussed the enlisted force, performance reports, evaluation system and promotion system.

"It is imperative that you understand the process. It is extremely important to Colonel Burt that this is a transparent process," Bentivegna said.

Representatives from wing organizations, such as the 50th Mission Support Group commander, Safety and Voting Assistance offices, also provided briefings to Team 5-0 during the commander's call.

Burt concluded her commander's call highlighting the Air Force Space Command and Air Force level award winners from Team 5-0.

"These are amazing awards, and they're still coming. I am just so proud of what you are doing. Everyone from AFSPC all the way to Headquarters Air Force understands the amazing work happening at this base. You just continue to excel," Burt said.
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