AFSPC command chaplain welcomes 5th CCG to Space family

Col. Gregory Tate Air Force Space command chaplain, thanks and shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Brian Thompson, one of the instructors at the 5th Combat Communications Group Combat Readiness School, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. during his visit May 5. (US Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joel Cooke)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory Tate, Air Force Space Command command chaplain, thanks and shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Brian Thompson, one of the instructors at the 5th Combat Communications Group Combat Readiness School, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. during his visit May 5. (US Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joel Cooke)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory Tate, Air Force Space Command command chaplain, addresses members of the 5th Combat Communications Group who are currently attending Combat Readiness School - also known as MOB school, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. during his visit May 5. (US Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joel Cooke)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory Tate, Air Force Space Command command chaplain, addresses members of the 5th Combat Communications Group who are currently attending Combat Readiness School - also known as MOB school, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. during his visit May 5. (US Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joel Cooke)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory Tate, Air Force Space Command command chaplain, coins Airman 1st Class Alexander Satterfield, 53rd Combat Communications Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.,  during the chaplain's visit to 5th Combat Communications Group Combat Readiness School, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. May 5. (US Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joel Cooke)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory Tate, Air Force Space Command command chaplain, coins Airman 1st Class Alexander Satterfield, 53rd Combat Communications Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., during the chaplain's visit to 5th Combat Communications Group Combat Readiness School, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. May 5. (US Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joel Cooke)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- "It's not every site visit that you start out on the athletic field; this is definitely a first for me," said, Chaplain (Col.) Gregory Tate Air Force, Space Command's command chaplain, as he was introduced to members of the 5th Combat Communications Group, while they were playing 'Gatorball', a 5th Mob favorite.

The chaplain's first impression was that physical fitness is extremely important the MOB, was later confirmed when he met with the different squadrons, and randomly asked Airmen their physical fitness scores. But he wasn't visiting the 689th Combat Communications Wing and the 5th CCG to check on their physical fitness, he was there to welcome the combat communications community into the AFSC family.

The Chaplain addressed members of the 5th MOB at the Combat Readiness School, "We welcome the 5th Combat Comm Group to Air Force Space Command and we look forward to working alongside you, together as one team."

"Your get it done attitude and 'hooah' spirit is extremely infectious and shows through the pride you take in your work, said Chaplain Tate. "The MOB is a welcome addition to the AFSPC Family."

He also remarked that the boots on the ground mentality will compliment the capabilities that are already present in AFSPC.

Aside from welcoming the combat communicators to the AFSPC family, Chaplain Tate made it a point to explain to them that as a command chaplain, he is an advocate for them. As he works with Gen. Robert Kehler, AFSC commander and AFSPC leadership, he will pass on any of their concerns or feedback at the wing.

One thing that particularly impressed Chaplain Tate was the fact that the 5th MOB involvement with the renovations of Robins AFB's Airmen Ministry Center, and the countless hours they volunteered to the project.

"It's great to see the wingman concept in action, from the Airman, all the way up to colonels," Chaplain Tate said. "It is clear that the MOB is serious about taking care of its people from the sandy plains of Iraq, to the mountains of Afghanistan, to the devastation that was seen in Haiti."

"It was great to see the incredible attitude and motivation of young officers and enlisted working side by side to prepare and train for such challenging and diverse mission requirements," said Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Rutledge, the AFSPC chaplain assistant functional.