Mission Monday: USSF support

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PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – It’s Mission Monday. Meet James Waldron, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Detachment 1 Program Development Division chief.

From Colorado, he and his team support, advocate for and obtain the resources needed to enable Space Force installations by providing effective facilities and infrastructure systems.

We asked Waldron to tell us more about himself and his work in support of the Department of the Air Force.

What do you love about your job?
One of the reasons I love my job is the people I get to work with; Detachment 1 and my team are a group of dedicated professionals. Having a group of folks enthusiastic about their jobs and about supporting the space mission makes coming to work a pleasure. Another reason I like my job is simply being tied to the space mission, the technology and advancements the USSF is making in space is amazing and being around that is thrilling.

When it comes to your job, what keeps you motivated? 
The threat from our adversaries in the space domain and our support to provide reliable facilities to conduct the space mission keeps me motivated.

Why are you and your team important to the Space Force and its customers?
Because we enable the space mission. The space mission is executed from our installations and if we don’t provide reliable facilities and infrastructure the mission is at risk of failure.  My team advocated for and provides the resources to sustain and recapitalize critical infrastructure and facility systems which enable the Space Force mission.

Describe a project or event you and your team worked on recently that gave you a great sense of accomplishment: 
One project I’m proud of is the establishment of the new USSF governance process for approving and establishing priorities for our civil engineering requirements. Since the Space Force now receives separate funding from the U.S. Air Force to execute our civil engineering requirements, we worked closely with the Space Force staff to develop a new governance process to approve the priorities of our civil engineering projects. Getting this in place, establishing the appropriate members and structure was a huge accomplishment.  We now have a clear and definitive process for establishing our project priorities.

How does your work support AFIMSC’s strategic priorities? 
Increase lethality and readiness I believe best fits what I do and what I support. We empower the space mission by providing critical facilities and infrastructure systems from which the mission is accomplished.