Col. Douglas A. Schiess took command of the 21st Space Wing from Brig. Gen. John E. Shaw in a change of command ceremony June 12.
Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, presided over the transfer of command, receiving the guidon from Shaw and passing it to Schiess.
“Sir I assume command,” Schiess told Raymond. He set the tone for his command by quoting the sixth President of the United States John Quincy Adams.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader,” he said.
Schiess said he was glad to be back in Colorado Springs and ready to lead and serve in his new position. A mentor once told him the more you talk, the less time you have in command, and Schiess said the clock is ticking.
“Getting an opportunity to command is very rare; getting to do it again is awesome. It’s a dream come true,” he said, referring to previous assignments as commander of the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo. and 45th Operations Group at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Schiess also noted excellent teamwork between the 21st Space Wing, community leaders and mission partners to provide services needed by the nation.
“We will be an integral part of 14th Air Force and Air Force Space Command, working hard together with our sister wings and other mission partners to fulfill the AF mission to Fly, Fight, and Win,” said Schiess. “We will work hard every day to provide space superiority to defend the United States and our allies and to provide needed mission and medical support to our many mission partners.”
Source:: Air Force Space Command