by Staff Report
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
6/3/2015 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Space Wing welcomed new leadership during a change-of-command ceremony held here May 29 at 2 p.m.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force
(Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space
presided over the ceremony today that transferred command of the 50 SW
from Col. William J. Liquori Jr. to Col. DeAnna M. Burt.
"The role of the 50 SW is vital to the safety and security of the United
States," Raymond said. "The capabilities you provide allow commanders
to see the battlespace with clarity, strike with precision, navigate
with accuracy, communicate with certainty, and operate with assurance
over global distances. To the Airmen of this Wing, you are the very best
at what you do, you make it look easy and we all know it is not."
Prior to relinquishing command, Liquori addressed his fellow leaders, wing members and community partners.
"I have nothing to say today but thank you," said Liquori. "It was a
privilege to lead a wing of this size and importance. You (Team
Schriever) are going to go higher, farther and faster than you already
have. You're in great hands."
Burt returns to Schriever, leaving her post at Air Force Space Command
as Director of the Commander's Action Group. Burt was previously
assigned to the installation as the 2nd Space Operations Squadron
commander and has commanded at the flight and group levels along the
"It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the 50th Space Wing
Commander and I am humbled by the opportunity," said Burt. "This is my
third assignment to Schriever Air Force Base, so it feels like I'm
As wing commander, Burt will be responsible for more than 4,200
military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel
serving at 14 operating locations worldwide and operating 69
surveillance, navigation and timing, space situational awareness and
communication satellites valued at more than $66 billion. The wing's Air
Force Satellite Control Network supports a total of 175 satellites from
multiple government agencies. Burt will also serve as the installation
commander hosting approximately 20 mission partners whose combined
economic impact is approximately $1 billion.
"The 50th Space Wing's Airmen work shoulder-to-shoulder with the 310th
Space Wing and are at the heart of our space warfighting capability
operating 69 payloads providing game-changing effects to warfighters
around the globe," said Burt. "Space operations are a total force
endeavor and we are proud to have such a close relationship with our
Reserve partners. Together we will continue to advance space
capabilities to improve warfighting operations, while denying our
potential adversaries the same."
After two years in command here, Liquori is transitioning to his new
post as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air
Force in Washington D.C.