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Moore covers priorities in Commander’s Call

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, discussed the 2018 mission and vision for the wing during his commander’s call here Nov. 16, 2017.

In relation to those items, Moore also shared his top priorities for the wing. The event began with a classified briefing aimed at helping Airmen understand why Peterson Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station are vital to national defense.

“The goal is that I want you to see what’s going on around the 21st Space Wing and North American Aerospace Defense Command/United States Northern Command operations that we support,” Moore said.

The primary mission of the wing is to execute combined global capabilities to defend the homeland and enable space combat operations. In light of that mission, he said wing Airmen should be aware of what takes place throughout its geographically separated units.

Before moving on to his priorities, Moore clarified a portion of the wing vision statement. The statement reads, “Assert space superiority with disciplined, aggressive, and creative Airmen.” He wanted to make sure his meaning of “aggressive” was crystal clear.

“I am not talking about a hostile work environment or physical violence,” said Moore. “I am talking about tenacious problem solvers who do not back off at first contact; people passionately and relentlessly pursue the right answer.”

Winning today’s and tomorrow’s fight is his first priority. The 21st SW is in the fight daily, he said, so providing intellectual leadership and executing capabilities properly are critical.

“If we get that wrong, history will judge harshly,” said Moore.

Taking care of warriors and their families is a priority that lays at the core of the 21st SW mission. Moore said the wing is reduced to nothing without its Airmen.

“They are our greatest resource and responsibility,” he said. “Most importantly, we need to be the best leaders we can be. You will not be perfect, and it’s a good thing because perfection isn’t a core value, excellence is You can expect me to be the best I can be.”

Another priority, optimizing resources to advance mission readiness, involves aging weapon systems and infrastructure, as well as efficiently handling manpower and funding in the best ways possible. Moore encouraged Airmen to be creative and think outside the box about enhancing lethality, new concepts for employment, or required changes to policy.

“Innovation and curiosity are long-standing traits of Airmen,” he said. “It is not one we will neglect in the 21st Space Wing.”

Strengthening partnerships across the board is another priority.

“We do nothing for ourselves, we do nothing alone,” said Moore. “We need to deliberately and methodically engage with our key beneficiaries and stakeholders throughout the globe.”

Airmen in the wing come from diverse social, economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds, he said, making promoting a culture of dignity and respect a wing priority. Moore called upon leaders to proactively set the tone for conduct and promote factors to minimize interpersonal or self-directed violence.

“We have to refuse inappropriate behavior and words,” Moore said. “Leaders need to take this into account by setting the right climate and setting and enforcing high expectations for everyone’s conduct.”

His final priority is to develop space-minded Airmen across the wing. Training and maximizing educational resources such as the National Security Space Institute and the Advanced Space Operations School for all ranks and career fields are part of fulfilling this focus. Designing ways for Airmen to interact, with the purpose of learning from each other, is another.

“Our Airmen must understand and communicate what space brings to the fight,” said Moore. “This can be difficult to do because of the intangible nature of space operations.”

Classified briefings -- such as the one held at the beginning of the event -- aimed at increasing awareness of the wing’s impact on national defense will continue to be held going forward.

Before closing, Moore encouraged Airmen to take care of themselves and to take breaks.

“Take your leave,” he said. “You earn your leave like you earn your pay. Not taking a break leads to a break down. I want you to take the time, I really, really do. Take care of each other, watch out for each other.”

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