21st Space Wing visits Maui; World Environment Week observance

PETERSON AFB, Colo -- Last week, your command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Omdal and I visited Detachment 3, 21st Operations Group in the state of Hawaii, on the island of Maui.

The primary mission of the detachment is to detect, track and identify all tasked space objects within its area of coverage. Additionally, as one of only three world-wide sites to host the unique capabilities of the recently upgraded Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) system, it provides Space Object Identification (SOI) to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Located approximately 100 miles southeast of Hickam Air Force Base, on the island of Oahu, the detachment operates at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex and is tenant to Detachment 15, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Material Command. The detachment is nestled atop the 10,023 foot summit of Haleakala, a dormant volcano. To my delight, these heights were eclipsed by the clear teamwork and partnership evidently displayed between host and tenant there.

This trip was highlighted by superb levels of professionalism and expertise which left a permanent impression with Chief Omdal and me. Their flawless capabilities and performance is one of the key reasons why the 21st Space Wing is so successful in executing its overall mission of missile warning and space control. My thanks to Lt. Col. Mark Leonard and Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Simmons from AFRL Detachment 15, for their leadership and host support to Detachment 3.

In speaking of leadership, Maj. David Isue, Detachment 3 site commander and a dedicated contractor force have executed unsurpassed space surveillance effects for our mission and nation alike...and they are all irrefutably steadfast. It was a true pleasure to visit the men and women of the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputer site.

Back on home station, our 21st Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight put together an outstanding World Environmental Week observance. Special thanks to the CE environmental flight for their hard word to put on this great week of activities with a specific thank you to Mr. Phil Chase and 1st Lt. Trevor Hobson. This June 2 through 6 week of environmental awareness encompassed 13 events to lead Airmen toward a mindset that supports the Air Force's conservation goals.

Each event highlighted a culture that not only works towards the Air Force's conservation goals, but also can save Airmen money at home in the long run. Airmen can conserve energy and save money every day at work and at home. Turn off lights when not in use. Switch to compact florescent light bulbs, which can save $60 in energy savings over the life of each bulb. Carpool to work, lunch and fitness. Turn off unnecessary electronics at the end of the duty day.

The wing is funded this year for 11 months of the previous year's energy usage. This forces us to conserve our energy resources by nearly 10 percent just to pay the bills. I encourage each Airman to look for innovative ways to conserve energy each day.