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What’s in a name? SWC becomes SIDC

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, presents the new flag for the renamed Space Innovation and Development Center to its commander, Col. Larry Chodzko. The center was formerly called the Space Warfare Center.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, presents the new flag for the renamed Space Innovation and Development Center to its commander, Col. Larry Chodzko. The center was formerly called the Space Warfare Center.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Space Warfare Center became the Space Innovation and Development Center in a formal ceremony here March 8 at 2:30 p.m. 

The name has changed, but the organization’s mission remains the same, said Col. Larry Chodzko, SIDC commander.

“One of the things I want people to understand is that there’s no change in our mission,” he said. “What’s changed is the new focus General Lord and now Lieutenant General Klotz have given us to concentrate on.” Gen. Lance Lord was Air Force Space Command commander prior to his retirement ceremony March 3; Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz is Vice Commander of AFSPC.

“This is more than a simple name change,” said General Klotz to a gathering of about 100 SIDC members during the renaming ceremony. “It is a symbol of our renewed focus. This change further helps the integration of the Air and Space Warfare Centers. The changes we have made…and will make in the future…better enable this center to test, develop, evaluate and rapidly respond to emerging requirements.

“Just like in the television commercial,” said General Klotz. “You don’t make the airplanes, or missiles, or satellites…you make the airplanes, missiles, and satellites better.

“More importantly, you do things at a pace unmatched anywhere in the Department of Defense,” he added. “You set the standard for innovation.”

In one of the more significant changes for the newly renamed SIDC, the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron will be activated March 10. The 3rd SES is the only Air Force organization with a mission to develop operational concepts for space systems, said Brig. Gen. Robert Worley, AFSPC Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Analysis, Assessment, and Lessons Learned.

In addition, the SIDC’s 26th and 527th Space Aggressor Squadrons will realign under Air Combat Command but will still be physically located at Schriever. The date of that realignment has not yet been announced.

“We’ll still look out for them,” Colonel Chodzko said. “We have to maintain our close relationship. But overall, the organization and the command will be richer. The aggressor squadrons will bring in information from the operational side of the house, and then take things (from the SIDC) to information warriors.”

The SIDC’s focus will expand as well, allowing and even requiring the organization to think creatively, said Colonel Chodzko. However, support and capability for the warfighter will remain the primary focus. The desired result of the SIDC’s process is new tactics, techniques and procedures that will benefit warfighters.

“If all we accomplish is to bring back just one extra Soldier or Airman, it will be worth it,” Colonel Chodzko said. “That’s why, to me, this is inspirational—because the things we work on here have the chance to do that.”