DVIDS – News – Air Force Under Secretary visits Cape Cod air and space facilities


The Honorable Gina Ortiz Jones, Deputy Secretary of the Air Force, recently visited Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts on November 24, 2021. The facility houses the Otis Air National Guard Base and the Cape Cod space station.

The Air Force Undersecretary is the second highest ranking civilian official in the Air Force Department, serving directly under the Air Force Secretary. With the Air Force Chief of Staff and the Chief of Space Operations, as well as the Air Force Chief Master Sgt and Space Force Chief Master Sgt. , the six form the management team of the Department of Air Force.

While at Otis, Jones was briefed by Wing leadership on a variety of topics, including the Wing’s two intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the cyber engineering and installation mission, as well as as the wing’s significant successes over the past year.

Colonel Sean Riley, commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, expressed the importance of Jones’ visit to Cape Cod.

“It was truly an honor and a privilege to be able to welcome today the Honorable Gina Ortiz Jones, Deputy Secretary of the Air Force,” said Riley.

“Being able to introduce the incredible Airmen of the 102nd Intelligence Wing and brief Ms. Jones on all their efforts in carrying out our Federal missions while providing unprecedented support to the Commonwealth over the past year has been one of the strengths of my command. “

During his tour, Jones stopped to speak to a group of airmen to share his appreciation for their efforts.

“Thanks to those who are watching, especially during the holidays,” Jones said. “We can talk about China and child care at the same time. It all depends on how we prepare for this high end fight, but also how we make sure our people can serve, anyone can serve, to their full potential. “

Continuing his tour of Cape Cod Space Force Station, Jones discovered the 6th Space Warning Squadron’s mission, monitoring and tracking over 23,000 objects orbiting the Earth to enable space domain knowledge, continuously providing data. critical missile warning and space surveillance at North American Aerospace Defense Command. (NORAD), US Space Command (USSPACECOM) and coalition partners.

6 SWS is the only ground radar site on the east coast of the United States, located 60 miles southeast of Boston, Massachusetts.

“The presence of USAF here today gives the 6th Space Warning Squadron the opportunity to present our response to the recent Russian anti-satellite event which threatened critical space assets,” said Lt. Colleen O’Hara of the 6th Space warning squadron.

“Our team members have demonstrated innovation, critical thinking and collaboration in response to this unprecedented threat. Visiting USecAF lets our team know that their hard work is recognized and appreciated at the highest level.

Spanning 22,000 acres, Joint Base Cape Cod is a large-scale joint base that houses five major military commands that operate and train for missions at home and abroad as part of a partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and others. JBCC soldiers, aviators, guards, coast guards and civilian employees perform airborne search and rescues, cyber and traditional intelligence, ballistic missile early warning, cyber engineering and installation, expeditionary medical support, and training in these and many other areas. who prepare military personnel for operational assignments abroad as well as at home, serving and protecting the Commonwealth and the nation.

Date taken: 26.11.2021
Date posted: 11/26/2021 10:04 a.m.
Story ID: 410058

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