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850th SCS inactivates at ceremony
850th SCS inactivates at ceremony
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850th SCS inactivates at ceremony

Posted 2/8/2006   Updated 9/18/2006 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Don Branum
50th Space Wing Public Affairs

2/8/2006 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 850th Space Communications Squadron inactivated Jan. 31 in a ceremony here. 

Lt. Col. Danny Cecil, former 850th SCS commander, cited the non-standard organizational structure of the 850th SCS as a major reason why the 850th SCS was inactivated.

The 50th Network Operations Group's new organizational structure will foster an environment in which roles and responsibilities are more clearly defined, resulting in a better, more productive work environment for everyone involved.

"It was a hard decision to make initially," Colonel Cecil said. "The last thing a commander wants to do is shut down his squadron, but after about three months, I realized it was the right thing to do."

"Before the change of command ceremony (in July 2004), I spent a few days getting to know people around the squadron. I was very impressed. Eighteen months later, I want to tell you, my first impression was correct," he said.

The squadron was more than a unit--to its members, it was a family.

As members of the 850th move to other squadrons, 50th NOG commander Col. David Uhrich and Colonel Cecil both encouraged them to remember the heritage of their former units but to look forward to making their new units even better than they are today.

"Look back with pride; look forward with excitement," Colonel Uhrich said.

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