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2013 in Review: Air Force top brass, Olympians among Schriever visitors

Senior Airman Kaley Franklin, 4th Space Operations Squadron communication system operator, explains her job responsibilities to Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning June 3 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The squadron’s mission is to operate the Air Force's protected MILSATCOM systems, which provide warfighters global, secure, survivable, strategic and tactical communication during peacetime and throughout the full spectrum of conflict. Fanning, who was sworn into office April 29, visited Schriever as part of a two-day orientation to Air Force Space Command. During his visit, leadership showcased some of the wing’s recent accomplishments, such as the initial operation capability of the Integrated Operations Environment and the recent inclusion of the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron.  Fanning also toured and met Airmen from the wing's 1st, 2nd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons and the base's Central Utility Plant. In addition to Schriever, Fanning visited Peterson and Buckley, where he visited with Airmen and got an overview of the military operations in Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration /Dennis Rogers)

Senior Airman Kaley Franklin, 4th Space Operations Squadron communication system operator, explains her job responsibilities to Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning June 3 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The squadron’s mission is to operate the Air Force's protected MILSATCOM systems, which provide warfighters global, secure, survivable, strategic and tactical communication during peacetime and throughout the full spectrum of conflict. Fanning, who was sworn into office April 29, visited Schriever as part of a two-day orientation to Air Force Space Command. During his visit, leadership showcased some of the wing’s recent accomplishments, such as the initial operation capability of the Integrated Operations Environment and the recent inclusion of the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron. Fanning also toured and met Airmen from the wing's 1st, 2nd and 22nd Space Operations Squadrons and the base's Central Utility Plant. In addition to Schriever, Fanning visited Peterson and Buckley, where he visited with Airmen and got an overview of the military operations in Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration /Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- In 2013, Schriever Air Force Base was the place to be. Visits from top Air Force and major command leadership, an Olympian and a rock band were a welcomed sight to the "Greatest Air Force Base the world has Never Seen."

The first top brass to visit Schriever in 2013 was Lt. Gen. John Hyten, vice commander of Air Force Space Command. He visited Team Schriever and hosted an all call Feb. 12, 2013. During his visit, Hyten discussed various issues affecting the command, such as budget constraints, potential sequestration and potential impacts to military and civilian members.

Former Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James McCoy shared his thoughts and answered questions from enlisted Airmen during his visit March 26, 2013. The sixth CMSAF spoke about the military's transition to a joint environment.
Adrenaline Mob rocked Schriever April 1, 2013, during their visit here; it was not April fool's joke. They also treated the base to a short acoustic set following their tour of the 2nd Operations Squadron.

Four-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and U.S. Air Force Academy hockey coach Frank Serratore graced the ninth annual Maj. Gen. Jimmey R. Morrell Awards ceremony May 16, 2013, at Schriever Air Force Base.

Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, presented the 2012 Omaha Trophy for Global Operations to the 50th Space Wing during his visit here May 17, 2013. During the presentation, he acknowledged that Schriever members are "in fact, the masters of space."

Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Schriever June 3, 2013, to witness the 50 SW's global mission firsthand. During his visit, base leadership showcased some of the wing's recent accomplishments, such as the initial operation capability of the Integrated Operations Environment and the recent inclusion of the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron.

Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, 14th Air Force commander, presided at the 50th Space Wing change of command ceremony July 11, 2013, where Col. Bill Liquori assumed command of the wing from Col. James Ross.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, visited Schriever July 19, 2013, to thank the team as well as provide some insights on current Air Force issues. Additionally, he thanked Team Schriever "for who you are, for what you do, for how well you do it, for enabling the entire rest of our Air Force to do its job all [around] the world and enabling the entire joint team to get the job done all [around] the world."

Former prisoners of war retired Col. Paul Robinson and retired Army Master Sgt. Edwin Beck talked about their experiences as POWs during Schriever's weeklong POW/MIA Week remembrance in September 2013.

Brig. Gen. Allen Jamerson, Air Force Security Forces director and deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen White, Air Force Security Forces career field manager, also visited Schriever Nov. 18, 2013, to get a glimpse of the mission as well as meet and greet with 50th Security Forces Squadron personnel.

The 11th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, David Campanale, capped off the year with a visit to the base and hosted an enlisted call to emphasize the importance of what Airmen do on a daily basis.

Finally, Schriever also hosted several other military and civilian leadership as well as students and community partners and members throughout 2013.
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