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RED FALCON kicks off with crew selection

The RED FALCON Competition's name ties to Schriever heritage as well as the color typically associated with severe satellite out-of limit indicators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys)

The RED FALCON Competition's name ties to Schriever heritage as well as the color typically associated with severe satellite out-of limit indicators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Operations Group standardization and evaluation section kicked off the latest RED FALCON Crew Competition Feb. 4, with the announcement of selected crews.

RED FALCON was designed to inspire 50th Space Wing crews to develop system expertise that exceeds surface checklist knowledge, foster the normalization of non-routine mission protection procedures and identify the 50 OG crew best prepared to operate in ill-defined emergency situations.

The competition was created to bring back a competitive mentality in the absence of larger scale events like Guardian Challenge.

"Each squadron has five crews, and only one crew was selected to represent each squadron," said Capt. Kristina Stewart, 50 OG. "Each crew took a 25-question, short answer test respective to their squadron mission and crew requirements. Crews had one hour to complete the test as a team, which was closed reference. The crew with the highest score for each squadron will now move on to the evaluation portion of RED FALCON."

The competitions name ties to Schriever heritage as well as the color typically associated with severe satellite out-of limit indicators.

In a multi-phase test, evaluators will analyze knowledge, focus, performance and debrief effectiveness, preparing crews' ability to think beyond the checklists they are running.
Selected crews will undergo focused training with 50 OSS prior to "The Ultimate Crew Evaluation."

Crews will coordinate with 50 OSS between Feb. 4 and 21 to find a three-day window to accomplish their training. This will better prepare them for the RED FALCON competition that takes place the week of Feb 24," said Stewart.

Each senior crew evaluation team has written a script that will challenge their respective squadron to develop system expertise that exceeds surface checklist knowledge.

"As members of the profession of arms, Airmen are wired with an intense desire to win. Winning at RED FALCON requires preparation, and through that preparation this competition takes the proficiency of our operators to a higher level," said Col. Tommy Roberts, 50 OG commander. "Congratulations to the crews selected today, and best of luck to each in the next round of the competition. Winning RED FALCON identifies you as the very best at the 50th Operations Group, and that is no small feat!"

The selected crews from each squadron are as follows:

1st Space Operations Squadron Alpha Crew
Capt. Brian Douglass, Mission Commander
1st Lt. Jack Wilson, Payload System Operator
Senior Airman Frank Blood, Mission Chief
Senior Airman Quillan Fay, Space Systems Operator

2 SOPS Bravo Crew
Capt. Ryan McGinnis, MCMDR
Staff Sgt. Peter Schneider, MCH
2nd Lt. Matthew Evans, PSO
2nd Lt. Jeffrey Clark, Space Vehicle Operator
Senior Airman Trey Barnes, SSO
Airman 1st Class Joseph Bridges, SSO
Airman 1st Class Dennis Antonov, SSO

3 SOPS Echo Crew
Capt. Raquel Salim, MCMDR
Capt. Avshalom Shedroff, Defense Satellite Communications System SVO
Senior Airman Brandon Boger, DSCS SVO
Airman 1st Class Justin Yeager, Wideband Global SATCOM SVO
Airman 1st Class Pablo Borrero, WGS SVO
Airman William Staud, DSCS SVO

4 SOPS Alpha Crew
1st Lt. Peter Lusk, MCMDR
2nd Lt. Gregory Carte, SVO
2nd Lt. Fanita Schmidt, SVO
2nd Lt. Even Rogers, Advanced Satellite Mission Control Subsystem
Staff Sgt. Matthew Lampman, ASMCS
Senior Airman Joseph Jenkins, ASMCS
Airman 1st Class Payton Pelzel, ASMCS
Airman 1st Class Ivan Aguirre, ASMCS
Airman 1st Class Christian McConnell, Satellite Ground Link System SSO
Airman 1st Class Griffin Holeman, SGLS SSO

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