7th SWS provides 'Flawless Missile Warning' capabilities

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- As many of you may know from a recent Department of Defense news release, a successful target tracking and radar exercise was completed last week.

On July 18, Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering, Missile Defense Agency director, announced the successful execution of a test during which a long-range ballistic missile was tracked by radars of the missile defense system.

That day, a threat-representative target was launched from Kodiak Launch Complex, in Alaska. The object was acquired and tracked by a multitude of space, ground, and sea-based sensors working in concert to report complex data to formulate an engagement solution to seize the target. The purpose of this test was designed to practice and refine tactics necessary to defend the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile attacks.

As part of the wing's flawless missile warning mission, operators assigned to the 7th Space Warning Squadron, one of our geographically-separated units at Beale AFB, Calif., echoed their sound capabilities, in direct support of this mission through performance. Their ability to conduct flawless missile warning, missile defense and space surveillance operations is one of the reasons why the 21st Space Wing is so successful in executing its overall mission.

Their upgraded early warning radar, or UEWR for short, was one of four sensors involved in executing what was said to be "one of the most challenging flight tests of the missile defense system's command and control software to date." The sensor carried out numerous critical functions and supported nine Joint Satellite Tracks and six other radar configuration events.

The most significant part of this mission was identifying and reporting pinpoint data; however, this event goes far beyond a single element of importance. Equally important were the exceptional performances of the supporting crew made up of Capt. Samuel Daane, crew commander; Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Macal, crew chief; and Airman 1st Class Janice Joseph, the space consol operator. The test directors were 1st Lt. Brendon Herbeck, Air Force Space Command test director; Dr. Joe Howard, Raytheon test director; and Trish Tracy, MDA test controller. Congratulations on a job well-done.

On July 21st, your command chief, Chief Master Sergeant Tim Omdal and I had the privilege of visiting the clinic at Schriever AFB to again see first-hand the tremendous support the men and women of the 21st Medical Group are providing to the 50th Space Wing. In case you didn't know, we have a team of highly-professional providers at a satellite location there led by Lt. Col. Lori Lee. They provide primary care, aero medical, dental, immunizations, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, public health, mental health and optometry.

Their superb levels of commitment and professionalism resonated, and undoubtedly was a big reason why Tech. Sgt. Lucinda Emerson represented the top 10 percent of her peers as a distinguished graduate from Class 08-5 of the Vosler Non-commissioned Officer Academy. This distinct recognition results from multiple peer grading criteria: leadership, followership, team-work, goal orientation, and professional conduct. During my visit to Schriever, I had the distinct privilege of recognizing her in the presence of her team.

Congratulations again to Sergeant Emerson and our Knights at Beale for their outstanding achievements!