67th NWW commanders call - Guardian Challenge

LACKLAND AIR FORCE, Texas -- The 67th Network Warfare Wing held a commander's call March 19, starting with an awards presentation, then addressing the primary topic, participation in Guardian Challenge 2010.

Nineteen individuals were awarded with 20 quarterly and annual awards for outstanding performance during the last quarter of 2009 and the entire year of 2009.

Following the recognition of the award winners, Col. Michael Shields, 67th Network Warfare Group deputy commander, briefed the group on the challenge and the 67th NWW's involvement in it.

"Guardian Challenge is used to determine the best cyber forces, combat communications, security forces, space operations, space communications and spacelift wing teams in Air Force Space Command" said Colonel Shields. Some of the goals for having Guardian Challenge are to "...identify areas for standardization to enhance readiness, improve combat capabilities, and strengthen teamwork across all mission areas."

To assist in meeting these goals, the 67th NWW has been paired to a sister space wing, the 21st Space Wing, located at Peterson AFB, Colo.

"Gen. [C. Robert] Kehler has paired the 21st SW with the 67th NWW as 'sister wings' to work together to ensure [these] new competitors have a successful and rewarding experience in their first Guardian Challenge," said Maj. Penny Haspil, of the 21st Operations Group. The 21st SW and the 67th NWW are working reciprocally in all preparation arenas.

To broaden the goals of the competition to the larger picture, the 67th NWW command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Darryl Morris, spoke to the group after the colonel. Chief Morris reached out to the young Airmen in the crowd and stressed the importance of preparing themselves for a prosperous future early in their career.

"Start now. Don't be afraid to ask your leadership or your peers for help," said Chief Morris.

Colonel B.J. Shwedo, 67th NWW commander, concluded the commander's call by expressing his gratitude and appreciation for the work Airmen in the 67th NWW do every day.

"You guys are doing great things," said Colonel Shwedo. "I get letters of appreciation from commanders all over the world and specifically from flag officers engaged in the fight in the Central Command area of responsibility. You should be very proud of your current job because we get requests from Airmen worldwide that want your slot.

"I am so proud to be a part of your team," said Colonel Shwedo. He then concluded the commander's call by saying, "Now let's get back to doing bad things to bad people."