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50 OG hosts annual Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell Awards banquet

Recipients of the Maj. Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell award pose along with Col. Dennis Bythewood, 50 Operations Group Commander at United States Air Force Academy’s Doolittle Hall. Award earners wearing medal from left to right are: Master Sgt. Adam Larson, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, Tech Sgt. Russel Justice, 50th Operations Support Squadron, 1st Lt. Evan Rogers, 4th Space Operations Squadron and Senior Airman Bria Tenorio, 3rd Space Operations Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Recipients of the Maj. Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell award pose along with Col. Dennis Bythewood, 50 Operations Group Commander at United States Air Force Academy’s Doolittle Hall. Award earners wearing medal from left to right are: Master Sgt. Adam Larson, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, Tech Sgt. Russel Justice, 50th Operations Support Squadron, 1st Lt. Evan Rogers, 4th Space Operations Squadron and Senior Airman Bria Tenorio, 3rd Space Operations Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Maj. Gen. Roger W. Teague, Director of Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington D.C. spoke to the 50 Operations Group during the 10th annual Maj. Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell awards banquet. The annual banquet is held in honor of Gen. Morrell, and recognizes members of the 50 OG who emulate the values of excellence, drive and courage that Morrell displayed during his career. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Maj. Gen. Roger W. Teague, Director of Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington D.C. spoke to the 50 Operations Group during the 10th annual Maj. Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell awards banquet. The annual banquet is held in honor of Gen. Morrell, and recognizes members of the 50 OG who emulate the values of excellence, drive and courage that Morrell displayed during his career. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Operations Group hosted the 10th annual Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell Awards banquet May 29 at the United States Air Force Academy Doolittle Hall.

The annual banquet is held in honor of Maj. General Jimmey R. Morrell, former commander of the 2nd Space Wing at Falcon Air Force Base from 1988 to 1990. The awards night recognizes members of the 50th Operations Group who emulate the values and characteristics that Gen. Morrell displayed during his career. Penetrating vision, uncompromised commitment to excellence, highest possible standards and expectations, ceaseless drive to develop and mentor future leaders and unwavering courage needed to shape the future were just a few attributes that lead his life and service.

During Morrell's time at Falcon AFB, his unit earned its first Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and was responsible for the initial operational test and evaluation of nine major space systems. Gen. Morrell retired after 24 years of service in 1993. Following a long, fulfilling life and career, he passed away Feb. 8, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The night consisted of various awards for nominees from each squadron in the 50 OG. One winner was selected from enlisted, officer and civilian categories. The award earners were the nominees from each category who best displayed Morrell's qualities in their work and support of the 50 OG mission. All awards are a group level award unique only to the 50 OG.

Earners for each award included 1st Lt. Even Rogers, 4th Space Operations Squadron, for company grade officer, Master Sgt. Adam Larson, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, for senior non-commissioned officer, Tech. Sgt. Russel Justice, 50th Operations Support Squadron, for non-commissioned officer, Senior Airman Bria Tenorio, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, for junior enlisted and Virginia Hess, 3SES, for civilian.

"I'm proud of the OG. 2014 was a year of considerable change and the men and women of the 50 OG came through with flying colors," said Col. Dennis Bythewood, 50 OG commander.

This year's awards ceremony included guest speaker Maj. Gen. Roger W. Teague, Director of Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington D.C. Maj. Gen. Teague was the commander of 4 SOPS from 2000 - 2003, where he led his unit during launch, test and operational activation of three Milstar communication satellites. Teague went on to briefly serve as the Deputy Commander for the 50 OG here from May to July, 2003.

In addition to planning the actual event, committee members took additional measures to ensure the banquet was successful. "Several fundraisers were held to help put this outstanding event together," said 1st Lt. Brinetta Hence, publicist of the awards banquet. "Thank you to all who supported these fundraisers. You made this event quite a success."

Entertainment for the dinner was provided by the USAFA's Blue Steel Band.

"We continue to look for ways to celebrate both the heritage of the 50 OG as well as the incredible work our people do every day to push the mission forward," said Bythewood.
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