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“By working with the OSO to quickly resolve any issues that arise, 4 SOPS is able to maintain the continuous communications we promise to provide. We all work together when it comes to orbital safety.  Through the orbital safety process, we have been able to continue on with the mission of 4 SOPS without interruption ensuring 100 percent 50th Space Wing mission success.” - Airman 1st Class Zane Balcer, 4th Space Operations Squadron.

“By working with the OSO to quickly resolve any issues that arise, 4 SOPS is able to maintain the continuous communications we promise to provide. We all work together when it comes to orbital safety. Through the orbital safety process, we have been able to continue on with the mission of 4 SOPS without interruption ensuring 100 percent 50th Space Wing mission success.” - Airman 1st Class Zane Balcer, 4th Space Operations Squadron.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Name:  Airman 1st Class Zane Balcer, Mesa, Arizona

Unit:  4th Space Operations Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado

The 4th Space Operations Squadron operates the Air Force's protected Milstar system, which provide warfighters global, secure, survivable, strategic and tactical communication during peacetime and throughout the full spectrum of conflict.

Balcer has been contributing to the mission for more than two years now.  He started as an Extremely High Frequency Satellite Systems Operator, with responsibilities that included maintaining continuous communications for the President of the United States and the warfighter. Balcer has also performed duties as a spacecraft analyst, tasked with diagnosing and fixing problems to enhance the constellation life. Currently, he contributes to the mission as a mission planner and orbital analyst.

"The primary goal of orbital safety is keeping our constellation and the GEO belt safe by preventing mishaps.  I have had to work with orbital safety a few times during my time here, from reporting an anomaly and forwarding essential information up the chain to waking up the orbital safety officer at 2 a.m., informing them of certain events, or collision avoidance reports."

Balcer continued, "By working with the OSO to quickly resolve any issues that arise, 4 SOPS is able to maintain the continuous communications we promise to provide. We all work together when it comes to orbital safety.  Through the orbital safety process, we have been able to continue on with the mission of 4 SOPS without interruption ensuring 100 percent 50th Space Wing mission success."

Balcer has been in the Air Force for three years.
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