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310TH SPACE WING UTA Newsletter JANUARY 2010 VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1 7 SOPS Honors Fallen Veterans FORT LOGAN NATIONAL CEMETERY (DENVER, COLO.) — Volunteers from the 7th Space Operations Squadron participated in a wreath- laying ceremony Dec. 14 at the Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver. Over 700 wreaths were placed on graves this year. As an offshoot of the Arlington Wreath program, Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization that officially began in 2007 and gains more support each year. The wreath laying is now held annually on the second Saturday of December. Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of the volunteers, many active organizations and the generos- ity of the trucking industry. By 2008 over 300 locations held wreath laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans graves. Over 60,000 volunteers participated. Learn more about this project at www.wreathscrossamerica.org Lt. Col. William D. Fellows and his son (above) and Tech. Sgt. Timothy Baptist (left) lay a wreath during Wreaths Across America Dec. 14, 2009, at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Littleton, Colo. The Civil Air Patrol run the Wreaths Across America program, and CAP members and volun- teers lay wreaths on graves in veterans’ ceme- teries nationwide. (U.S. Air Force photos/ Master Sgt. Steven Clark) Inside this issue: Wreaths Across America 1 Total Force rocks! 2 AFRC/CC ESGR 3 Yellow Ribbon event 4 Comings and Goings 4 Uniform news 5 Ask The Commander! 5 UTA NEWSLETTER Page 2 Celebrating the Total Force by Lt. Col. Traci L. Kueker-Murphy Commander, 19th Space Operations Squadron 310 SW UTA Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 1 Team GPS closed out 2009 with a major and timing signal it delivers. success, proving the safety and utility of the 19 SOPS personnel applied their exper- Wing Commander: Col. Karen A. Rizzuti advanced security architecture known as tise to the new - testing, fixing, and re- Selective Availability Anti-Spoof Module, or testing advanced versions of software – so Chief of Public Affairs: Capt. Maren P. Barney SAASM. While this new and enhanced fea- it could be fielded safely with no unin- ture for GPS is noteworthy in its own right, tended consequences. NCOIC Public Affairs: the more important aspect of this success is 2 SOPS personnel applied their opera- Vacant the team that made it happen. tional expertise to flying the constellation, Public Affairs Staff: Bringing any new capability or weapon sustaining the largest number of satellites Staff Sgt. Desiree Economides system on line requires a great deal of time, in the program’s history and maintaining Contributing Writers: experience, ingenuity, and the most precise navigation and Lt. Col. Traci L. Kueker-Murphy 1st Lt. Andrew Williams persistence. Add to that a timing source on earth. mission to do every Together we brought GPS This unfunded unit newsletter is an authorized publication for the members minute of every day and its applications to the of the 310th Space Wing. Contents of and you have the next level, ensuring the the UTA Newsletter are not necessarily the official views of, or reality of GPS. system remains available to endorsed by, the U. S. Government, Like most space pro- the warfighter even in the the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Air Force. The grams, there isn’t a test most challenged environ- editorial content is edited, prepared range or a population ments. and provided by the Newsletter Production staff of the 310th Space of test pilots to do all As we enter 2010, Team Wing Public Affairs office, Schriever the new, jazzy stuff GPS turns attention to the AFB, Colo. All photographs are official so it can be delivered next generation of satellite, Air Force Reserve photos unless otherwise indicated. Send comments, turn-key to the opera- the Block IIF, scheduled to story suggestions, and other tor. launch in May. correspondence to the 310 SW Public A f f a i r s o f f i c e a t It has to done by the folks This advanced platform will re- 310SWPA@schriever.af.mil or call doing the day-to-day mission supporting the plenish an aging constellation and deliver (719) 567-7094. The article submission deadline for the next issue is COB on warfighter downrange and, in the case of more signal capabilities for military and ci- the Friday of the weekend prior to the GPS, the millions of civilian users around the vilian users alike. The Reserve will lead this scheduled UTA. world using the signal to find the closest launch effort with seasoned operators ena- Starbucks or to align stock trades on the bling our Regular Air Force counterparts to Wing Events New York Stock Exchange. focus on sustaining global 24/7 coverage. A 2010 Team GPS succeeds in this endeavor be- perfect balance. January cause of the Total Force. The 2/19 SOPS is a The future of GPS remains one of con- 7: RNSSI 4th Anniversary 9-10, UTA sterling example of what can be done when stant change. The next generation of the youth and enthusiasm of the Regular Air ground control segment is on the horizon February 6-7, UTA Force is coupled with years of mission ex- as is yet another block of satellite vehicle, 6: Yellow Ribbon event perience and unparalleled longevity and GPS III, and the list of GPS applications con- continuity brought by the Reserve. tinues to grow exponentially. Team GPS will March Annual Awards Banquet Our “divide and conquer” approach has continue to manage the task at hand, shar- 6-7, UTA enabled the world’s most utilized space sys- ing the load and smartly applying our tal- 27-29: Guardian Challenge tem to provide continuous service while ents, proving every day the value of the April modernizing and enhancing the navigation Total Force. “One team, one fight!” 10-11, UTA Page 3 VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1 ESGR wants to recognize your employer by Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Commander, Air Force Reserve I’d like to take a moment to highlight three im- tion Program, take a moment to ensure your em- portant topics: ployer information is correct at https:// www.dmdc.osd.mil/Guard-ReservePortal . Details First, Employer Support of the Guard and Re- on this policy can be read at: http:// serve (ESGR) provides support and resources includ- www.arpc.afrc.af.mil/library/factsheets/ ing: recognizing a supportive employer, providing factsheet.asp?id=8924 . information on the employer/employee rights un- der the Uniformed Services Employment and Reem- Finally, if your employer supports your military ployment Rights Act (USERRA), and mediating if a service, recognize that support by nominating them conflict arises between you and your employer. for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award at Learn more at http://www.esgr.mil . http://www.freedomaward.mil/nominate.aspx . Nominations are being accepted through January Secondly, to fulfill the requirements of the De- 18, 2010. partment of Defense Civilian Employment Informa- Nominate Your Employer for the Freedom Award Nominations are being accepted now until Jan. 18, 2010, for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This award is the highest recognition an em- ployer of the Guard and Reserve can receive from the U.S. Government. Last year 3.202 nominations were received and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is looking to match that same level of commitment for this year. To nominate your employer, visit www.freedomaward.mil UTA NEWSLETTER Page 4 The 310th Space Wing is hosting a post-deployment Yellow Ribbon Event! Where: Antlers Hilton — downtown Colorado Springs When: Saturday, February 6 Please contact Tech. Sgt. Jesse Tames at 567-6366 for more information The goal of the Yellow Ribbon Program is to prepare Airman and their Families for mobilization, sustain Families during mobilization, and reintegrate Airman with their Families, communities, and employers upon redeployment. The program in- cludes information on current benefits, resources available to help overcome the challenges of the deployment cycle, and interactive presentations designed to en- gage Airman and their Families in resolving specific concerns. Congratulations! We miss you already! Senior Airman Sheila Cobb (from the 310th Space Wing command post) said good-bye on Jan. 4 when she transferred in to the Inactive Ready Reserve. Capt Kenneth Roebuck and wife Capt Chris- Airman Cobb vows to return in a tine Roebuck welcomed a baby boy, 21 Dec few years after she has become 09 (0154 hrs). Baby and Mom are both fabulously wealthy. healthy and doing well. Nathan Alexander Roebuck was 7 lbs 3 ½ ounces and 20 inches long. UTA NEWSLETTER Page 5 News from the 310th MPF Uniform Changes/Reminders Elimination of metal rank – Jan. 1 A reminder for all enlisted personnel from the 98th Uniform Board… Effective Jan 1, eliminate the wear of the metal rank by enlisted airmen on the lightweight blue jacket. Rank must be worn using only the chev- ron rank insignia sewn on the sleeves. Silver nametags will not be worn on the blue pullover (neither 50/50 nor 100% wool) sweater. Phase-out date for the 100% wool pullover sweater is Oct. 1, 2010. HQ AFRC/A1-10-001-Tricare Coverage prior to mobili- zation The Fiscal Year 2010, National Defense Authorization vated (volunteers and mobilized) in support of a Act (NDAA), amended Title 10, U. S. C., Section 1074 contingency operation as defined in Title 10, U. S. to increase the amount of time a Reserve Component C., Section 101(a)(13)(B) for more than 30 days (RC) member is eligible for TRICARE coverage prior to are entitled to Enhanced Health Care/TRICARE, mobilization from 90 to 180 days. RC members acti- which also extends to eligible family members." Ask The Commander This is your opportunity to address any questions, comments, complaints or concerns to Col Rizzuti, 310th Space Wing commander. Please send your questions to the 310SW public affairs email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Provided is an example of what to expect from this feature. Question: wing headquarters building is completed. While not Col. Rizzuti, I hear that the wing headquarters technically a “trailer,” we do refer to it as the Expe- staff has moved to a fabulous new (to you) building ditionary Office Environment, or the EOE. on Schriever. When will we be able to visit the new We’ll be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, digs? January 27, and I would like to extend the invitation (submitted by Capt. Jeremy Cotton, 6th Space Op- to everyone in the wing to come over and visit on erations Squadron) that day. We’ll have refreshments, games and tours ongo- Answer: ing throughout the day. You will be receiving more Thank you for your question, Capt. Cotton! Your information on our Open House events via email intel sources are correct—the wing headquarters soon. staff moved to building 609 during December. You I look forward to receiving and answering the will find us in the temporary facility until the new questions that you may have for me. Thank you! 310th SPACE WING at a glance The 310th Space Wing, the only space wing in the Air Force Reserve, is located at Schriever AFB, Colorado, and has units assigned to Schriever, Peterson and Buckley AFBs in Colorado and Vandenberg AFB, California Vision Statement World’s best citizen airmen bringing unrivaled expertise to secure space and cyber superiority for US and Allied global interests. Mission Provide optimized, scalable combat ready forces delivering space and cyberspace power for faster, more lethal, more accurate effects everyday, everywhere. Organization The wing is composed of 17 units, under the 310th Operations Group, 310th Mission Support Group and two di- rect-reporting units, that support various military and other government organizations including, but not limited to, the Department of Commerce, Air Force Space Command, Air Combat Command, the Space Innovation and Development Center, 14th Air Force, 24th Air Force, 50th Space Wing, 21st Space Wing, and 460th Space Wing. 310th Space Wing Public Affairs 406 Discoverer St., Ste 15 Schriever AFB, CO 80912 For the family of: 310th Space Wing — “A Family of Professionals”