DVIDS – News – Lt. Col. Castle assumes command of the 13th Space Warning Squadron at Clear Space Force Station


CLEAR SPACE FORCE STATION, Alaska – Lt. Col. Christopher Castle assumes command of the 13th Space Alert Squadron during a change of command ceremony, June 16, 2022, at Clear Space Force Station, Alaska.

Family, friends and community members gathered to witness the tradition of a change of command ceremony presided over by Col. Miguel Cruz, commander of Space Delta 4.

In his opening remarks, Cruz welcomed Castle and acknowledged his vast joint and staff knowledge.

“I have to say that Chris is uniquely qualified for the position of Squadron Commander at 13 SWS,” Cruz said. “He has an abundance of missile warning experience. He frankly did almost everything you could in the area of ​​missile warning. He served as a crew commander at the 2nd Space Warning Squadron, training leader at the 460th Operations Support Squadron, USAF liaison officer at RAF Fylingdales and director of operations at the 12th Space Warning Squadron.

These assignments provide Chris with exceptional knowledge of the missile warning business, with expertise in operating our complex and diverse systems, leading a geographically separated unit and managing the needs of our operators, their families and loved ones.

Castle was previously stationed in California as head of the Plans Division at the Combined Space Operations Center.

“Chris not only demonstrates but exemplifies the characteristics of a great commander: empathy, self-discipline, tenacity, team spirit, strong work ethic, keen judgment and resilience. I have no doubt that you will continue your momentum with continued success. for 13 SWS and the Frontier Sentinels.

Cruz underlined the importance of the work done by Lt. Col. William Hassey, the outgoing commander, as he bid farewell to him for his upcoming Pentagon assignment.

“You have faced the challenges of a global pandemic, and despite these and other challenges, the Frontier Sentinels of Clear have crushed our mission to provide critical missile warning and tracking data to our national command authorities. without skipping a beat, 24/7.”

He understood the importance of his Total Force partners as essential team members for mission and morale.

Hassey reminded the unit, “As you can see, nothing that has been done in the past year has been done by any individual or organization. It was done as a team, but most importantly, the social fabric of Team Clear came together, whether active duty, guard, civilian, or contractor. No matter who you worked for, you were a human being at Clear Space Force Station and an integral part of our family.

As Castle addressed the audience, he expressed that he was humbled and honored to take the flag and be the commander.

“And so, Team Clear, together we will execute exceptional radar and SATCOM operations, bring new online capabilities, advance on our next construction projects, advance our individual and professional skills, and foster an atmosphere of excitement, excellence and mutual respect. Our journey begins now.

Castle thanked Team Clear and community partners. “I look forward to working with each of you to continue to take the Clear mission to new heights.”

The 13th SWS, located in Clear SFS, Alaska, provides strategic missile warning and space domain awareness by operating and maintaining the Enhanced Early Warning Radar.

Date taken: 16.06.2022
Date posted: 24.06.2022 21:14
Story ID: 423775

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