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By Audrey Jensen, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 10, 2018
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, gives the annual State of the Wing address to local civic leaders in The Club at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 4, 2018. The State of the Wing address encourages partnerships between the base and key leaders in the Pikes Peak region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Kenney)
Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, gave his second annual State of the Wing address to local leaders such as school district and government officials from Colorado Springs, Oct. 4, 2018, in The Club at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Members from groups like the Military Affairs Council, Colorado Thirty Group and the Defense Mission Task Force were also in attendance.
“One year ago, I had the opportunity to give the State of the Wing address,” Moore said. “Back then there were so many unfamiliar faces, and today I’m thankful to see so many that I know.”
Moore introduced the wing’s new leadership to the attendees and overviewed its current state/mission, which is to “execute combined global capabilities to defend the homeland and enable space combat operations.”
“The way we execute the mission is with discipline, and creative and aggressive Airmen,” Moore said. “We have Airmen who instill our values: when they do the job they do it right the first time. We have Airmen who do not fail, do not back off the challenge, push through, are resilient, are aggressive — they don’t hold back, they don’t take no for an answer and they get after it.”
The wing currently spans across nine countries and 13 times zones with 22 locations and 15 weapons systems, Moore said. Its mission sets include missile defense and warning, space situational awareness and space control.
“Missile warning is about providing information to national-level decision makers,” Moore said. “Defense is about pushing off data to make sure we’re able to target and prevent attacks from following through. Regarding space situational awareness, we’re talking about space intelligence. We’re making sure we deconflict the traffic in space, as well as keeping an eye on adversary behavior so we can protect assets.”
The 21st SW has a lot of Airmen, civilians and contractors working toward the mission, whether they are located at Peterson AFB or somewhere else, Moore said.
“One of the unique things about the 21st SW is approximately one-third of those Airmen are performing space operational missions down range, away from their family, for months on end, doing great things for this nation,” Moore said. “For those missions that don’t deploy, we’ve maintained extraordinarily high operational measures. We’ve been able to take systems that are anywhere from 30 to 50 years old and continue to upgrade them and enhance them to meet the needs of nation as they call.”
Last year, the 21 SW’s total economic impact equaled $1.24 billion in annual payroll, construction, contract services, material, equipment and supplies, and estimated value of jobs created.
In addition to the mission, having a successful wing boils down to people, resources, culture, space mindedness and partnerships, said Moore.
“The challenge this community has faced as it relates to contaminants found in drinking water — for those who have navigated this with us, thank you for your partnership and your engagement in leaning forward,” Moore said. “By virtue of that partnership, by virtue of your willingness by allowing us to speak to you and your communities, we’ve been able to garner approximately $40 million worth of investment from the Air Force in order to address and ensure communities in Security, Widefield and Fountain have water that doesn’t have contaminants.”
Others in attendance included 21st SW leaders, group commanders, squadron commanders, wing staff agency and more. The annual State of Wing address is held to encourage a working relationship through engagement with key civic leaders in the Pikes Peak region.
“One thing that stands out to me is the relationship between the base and community,” Moore said. “To leaders in this room who have made that difference and been our partners, thank you so much, because it’s the right thing to do for our community collectively.”