VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE -- Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Diena Mosely, 30th SW command chief, addressed troops from across the base during an all-call, here, Feb 22.
Of the many topics discussed, Hough and Mosely used the opportunity to congratulate Airmen on a job well done in 2017 and unveil the Wing’s new mission, vision and priorities.
Hough talked about the future of commercial space in explaining the new mission statement: Provide robust, relevant and efficient spaceport and range capabilities to the nation.
“I hadn’t grown up in the launch business when I came here,” said Hough. “I’d been in the space business for a while, but not in launch - so it became very evident to me that commercial launch is really the wave of the future when it comes to this business. What I’m seeing since being in the seat, is there is a lot of interest from the commercial industry to get into this mission set. These are commercial companies and they are about making money, so they want to be as efficient as possible. They want the latest technology, they want the best infrastructure they can get from us, and I want to provide that to them.”
Hough and Mosely then shifted their focus towards Airmen as they talked about the importance of new ideas with their new vision: Innovative Airmen leading the next generation of spacelift and range capabilities.
“This is not about me,” said Hough. “The next generation - that’s all of you, especially when it comes to technology. I need you all to come up with the ideas to help us get to where we want to go. And that’s why we use that term Innovative.”
Caring was the final theme as Hough and Mosely talked about the change in the new priorities: Care for our Airmen, Execute today’s mission, and Innovate for the future.
“These are pretty much the same as they were before, with one difference,” said Hough. “Care was number three, it’s now number one, because I know if we don’t do that first one, then we can’t accomplish the other two. We have to take care of one another.”
In keeping with the caring and innovation themes, Hough and Mosely also highlighted the various support organizations and feedback forums available to all Airmen at Vandenberg before taking a round of questions and bringing the all-call to a close.