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Lieutenants keep JICSpOC standup on schedule

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Fiftieth Space Wing lieutenants recently supported the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operation Center standup.

Initially 2nd Lts. Skyler Awisus, Steven Ramos, Terry Babasa, Anthony Rosati and Ryan Vickers, all assigned to the 3rd Space Operations Squadron, were tasked to escort contractors; however, they quickly jumped at the opportunity to assist in equipment set up.

"Some of the odd jobs we did included setting up monitor stands, threading fiber and plugging in power cables to ensure each desk is operational," said Ramos.

Preparing the work center in a timely manner was crucial to the overall success of 50 SW's role in completing the phased set up process.

"All of the behind the scene tasks required to bring an operations center online, they did," said Col. Stephen Slade, 50th Space Wing Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the commander. "Without their help we never would have completed the project on time -- plain and simple."

The JICSpOC's mission is important because it will provide the Department of Defense and the intelligence community with a robust test and experimentation environment to better integrate our space operations in response to threats and afford unity of effort between diverse space communities.

"Being able to be part of such a big project was great," said Awisus. "I know the little things made a big difference in being able to get everything ready in time."

The 50 SW's role was to deliver a suitable space for JICSpOC personnel to begin experimentation on integrated focused operations.  Any delay in the delivery of this space would have impacted schedules at higher Air Force and DoD levels.

"This was a 'no-fail mission,'" said Slade. "If we hadn't delivered on time that would have impacted the schedule all the way to the right -- for every delay we would have injected, JICSpOC would have experienced compounded effects on the other side."

Wing leadership said the lieutenants were critical in enabling the contractors, civilians and military to complete their work for the project.

"They went above and beyond," said Slade. "We are indebted to the lieutenants' for their willingness to escort people into the facility and perform tasks outside of their comfort zone. Without their help and leadership it is safe to say we wouldn't have been successful in reaching our October deadline."
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