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721st MSG inactivates, realigns with 21st MSG

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – Col. Robert Moose (right), the last commander of the 721st Mission Support Group, hands over the 721st MSG guidon to Col. Todd Moore (left), 21st Space Wing commander, during the 721st MSG inactivation ceremony, April 5, 2019 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. The 721st MSG was inactivated and realigned to be a part of the 21st MSG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, sheaths the 721st Mission Support Group guidon during the 721st MSG inactivation ceremony, April 5, 2019 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. The 721st MSG was inactivated and became part of the 21st MSG, allowing Airmen career-broadening opportunities, as they will now be able to regularly shift from Peterson Air Force Base to CMAFS depending on mission needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. – Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, provides remarks during the 721st MSG inactivation ceremony, April 5, 2019 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. The 721st MSG was inactivated and became part of the 21st MSG, allowing Airmen career-broadening opportunities, as they will now be able to regularly shift from Peterson Air Force Base to CMAFS depending on mission needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. -- Col. Robert Moose, the last commander of the 721st Mission Support Group, provides remarks during the 721st MSG inactivation ceremony, April 5, 2019 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. The 721st MSG inactivated and realigned with the 21st MSG, consolidating overhead and support functions while reusing the manpower savings found in command and staff sections. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. --

The 721st Mission Support Group inactivated and realigned with the 21st Mission Support Group in a ceremony April 5, 2019 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.

Doing the honors of inactivating the unit was Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander.

“The inactivation consolidates overhead and support functions while reusing the manpower savings found in command and staff sections,” said Moore. “Our 21st MSG will better be able to win today’s and tomorrow’s fight with the resulting manpower reinvestments, and it will be postured to take care of our warriors and their families by relieving stressed work centers at both locations.”

The realignment will allow MSG Airmen career-broadening opportunities, as they will now be able to regularly shift from Peterson Air Force Base to CMAFS depending on mission needs.

“The realignment will put all defenders under the same leadership, enabling more regular post rotations,” said Lt. Col. David Knight, 21st Security Forces Squadron commander. “With more regular rotations, defenders will become more well-rounded Airmen, with not only expertise in base defense and security, but also in the law enforcement aspect of the field.”

The realignment also serves as the first step in the 21st Communications Squadron’s transition to focus on cyber defense.

“As a result of the merger, the communications squadron will be able to establish a cyber defense mission,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Hamlyn, 21st CS commander. “With the merge of the two squadrons, we are able to reinvest personnel to the new Cyber Protection Flight. In addition to cyber defense, the merger brings synergy to the support we provide our mission partners.”

The 21st MSG is composed of the 21st SFS, 21st CS, 21st Force Support Squadron, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, 21st Contracting Squadron and the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron.

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