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Meet the GC contenders: Capt. John Meury, 22nd SOPS

Capt. John Meury, 22nd Space Operations Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Capt. John Meury, 22nd Space Operations Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Capt. John Meury, 22nd Space Operations Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Capt. John Meury, 22nd Space Operations Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Capt. John Meury will represent the 50th Space Wing at the 2010 Guardian Challenge as a member of the 22nd Space Operations Squadron team.

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

Air Force Satellite Control Network, Network Crew Commander. NCMDRs work as the commander's representative for the $6.2 billion satellite control network. Our main job is to enforce the network tasking order and provide satellite operators with reliable and responsive support so they can provide the warfighter vital space based capabilities that are second to none.

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

I joined in 1994, and started my Air Force career as an intercontinental ballistic missile mechanic. I think what inspired me most to join was, growing up I had my dad's old Air Force uniform in my closet. My family has some old photo's of my two brothers and I wearing the uniform and when I was looking for an opportunity to better myself when I got older, I think the Air Force was just a natural choice.

What are some of your favorite personal career highlights?

The first would be receiving my second lieutenant commissioning oath from my father and getting pinned on by my wife, the real motivator for me getting my commission, followed by my first salute from my father-in-law, a retired chief master sergeant. Second would be pinning on O-3 with my brother in a duel Air Force and Navy ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Going out and doing anything with the family, especially showing my son something new for the first time. When the weathers nice I like working on the yard and when it isn't I'm a computer gamer, mainly World of Warcraft.

What are you doing to prepare for the Guardian Challenge?

The team has been going through a tremendous amount of focused study followed by intense trainer rides to make absolutely sure we're ready.

What gets you pumped up to compete and win?

The fact that we get to represent the 50th Space Wing and the chance to show the other wings how the best do business.

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

I've trained or evaluated Guardian Challenge teams in three different areas. ICBM maintenance and missile handling at Minot AFB, ICBM combat crew ops at Malmstrom AFB and finally AFSCN space operations here at Schriever AFB.

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

Everyone at this base is top notch. The best operators, the best security and communications folks backed up by the best instructors and evaluators.