Meet the GC contenders: Staff Sgt. Brian Smith, 50th SCS

Staff Sgt. Brian Smith, 50th Space Communications Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Brian Smith, 50th Space Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Brian Smith, 50th Space Communications Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Staff Sgt. Brian Smith, 50th Space Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Staff Sgt. Brian Smith, 50th Space Communications Squadron, will compete for the first time in the 2010 Guardian Challenge.

What is your official duty title and what are your responsibilities?

As a systems control facility technician, I provide vital long-haul communications support for the $6.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network - the focal point for 1,609 vital network circuits supporting seven Department of Defense space programs; perform circuit and network monitoring, troubleshooting, equipment/system fault isolation and path restoration and execute command and control functions supporting national satellite and terrestrial systems for worldwide U.S. and coalition forces.

When did you join the Air Force and what inspired you to join?

I joined in April 2004. I was eager for new opportunities and experiences.

What are some of your favorite personal career highlights?

Being a member of the MacDill Air Force Base Honor Guard from 2004 to 2005.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Reading and learning.

What are you doing to prepare for the Guardian Challenge?

Extensive training - the team is poring over work related documents and conducting in-house training scenarios.

What gets you pumped up to compete and win?

As a representative of my work center I am eager to show what we are collectively capable of.

What previous experience/exposure have you had with Guardian Challenge?

None as this is my first assignment with space command.

Why do you think Schriever will win this year's Guardian Challenge?

Dedication.