4th Space Control Squadron visit highlights exceptional unit

PETERSON AFB, Colo. -- Chief Omdal and I had the pleasure of visiting the 4th Space Control Squadron "Pirates" at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, last week.

This was my first visit to Holloman, quietly tucked away in southern New Mexico, since my tour as the as the 21st Operations Group deputy commander in 2001. We had a fantastic time meeting the professional men and women of the 4th! I would like to take a moment to talk about the lasting impressions the command chief and I walked away with.

Attitude and Motivation: We've had the opportunity to visit several of the geographically-separated units in the 21st Space Wing, and all of them are excited about their mission. It is patently clear that the Pirates of 4th SPCS personify buoyant attitudes and motivation; from the second we walked in the door, the Chief and I could see the pride these men and women had for their mission, their squadron, and themselves. That kind of motivation is contagious and has certainly caught on at the 4th SPCS.

Crispness: By now, everyone in the wing should know one of my top priorities is leading a crisp organization. From the squadron commander, Lt. Col. Dan Dant, to the lowest ranking Airman in the squadron, the Chief and I were impressed with how "crisp" the Airmen, the facilities, and the atmosphere were at the 4th. It's not something you can put your finger on, but you know it when you see it and you know it when you don't see it - we saw it in spades.

Outstanding counterspace Warriors: The deployable Pirates are charged with one of our nation's most unique and scrutinized missions - delivering deployable counterspace capabilities for the U.S. Strategic Command commander, in support of global or theater campaigns. These men and women know their mission cold and they clearly relish the challenge.

Capt Chris Roszak, Charlie Flight commander and 4th SPCS' 2007 "CGO of the Year," Tech. Sgt. Christopher Howard, a recent NCO Academy "Commandant Award" winner, and Tech. Sgt. Eric Faulkenberry, 21st Space Wing's 2006 "Enlisted Space Operator of the Year," superbly briefed us on their flight's current initiatives and progress. Likewise, we received a demo of the Counter-Communications System from Capt. Warren Riner, Alpha Flight commander, and one of his superstar crew chiefs, Tech. Sgt. Ian Williams, who recently returned from a deployment with Operation SILENT SENTRY a few months ago. Impressive!

Base Involvement: As a tenant at Holloman, the 4th SPCS is involved in every aspect of the base. Much to our amazement, the Pirates of 4th SPCS were even the Holloman lead for the Hispanic Heritage month-long remembrance. Their outstanding efforts, led by the squadron first sergeant, Master Sgt. Anna Futrell, culminated in our attendance of the Hispanic Heritage luncheon. It was a perfect event. It was obvious to the Chief and I that 4th SPCS is not only a member of Team Holloman, but they are leaders within it.

Our visit concluded with my Commander's Call. It was truly an honor to visit the Pirates of 4th SPCS. This group of highly motivated counterspace warriors is setting the pace for 21st Space Wing.