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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Team BLUE visits Team 5-0

by 2nd Lt. Darren Domingo
50th Space Wing Public Affairs


7/28/2015 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Get ready for your big TV debut, Schriever.

A team of Air Force TV broadcast producers, responsible for creating episodes of the Air Force's flagship television program, BLUE, is visiting Schriever July 24-30 to get a better grasp of the 50th Space Wing's role within Air Force Space Command.

According to their YouTube page, Air Force TV, "BLUE delves into the lives of Airmen through in-depth storytelling, with an unflinching look into the blood and sweat that makes America's Air Force what it is. Marines bleed scarlet and gold, the Army bleeds green ... Airmen bleed BLUE."

To date, Air Force TV has released six episodes of BLUE - their next being focused on Air Force Space Command.

"We're here to learn as much as we can. We're visiting Schriever and Buckley to just capture as much as we can to tell some of the Air Force's space story," said Staff Sgt. Peter Ising, Air Force TV broadcast producer.

Hailing from Ft. Meade, Maryland, at Defense Media Activity, the three visitors spent time visiting the Central Utilities Plant, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, 50th Space Communications Squadron, 50th Security Forces Squadron and 2nd Space Operations Squadron. The team also witnessed the Satellite Control Authority transfer on July 24.

"People aren't always aware of the magnitude that our mission has," said Senior Airman Shirley Montgomery, 2 SOPS mission chief. "I'm looking forward to seeing team BLUE shine a light on that."

Despite receiving a deep pool of information on the mission aspects Schriever provides, Ising explained a focus on the people that make Schriever run is what is more important to them.

"Satellites and missions are important, but it's the characters of BLUE episodes that people really want to see," said Ising. "That's the heart and soul of BLUE."
Staff Sgt. Traci Keller, Air Force TV broadcast producer, shared what makes her job fulfilling.

"There's just so much you never really know that goes on here at Schriever," said Keller. "The great thing about being a broadcaster is being able to see what other people do every day."

As for Team 5-0, in order to understand how much of a big deal this BLUE episode will be, one only needs to YouTube "Air Force TV" to see the production level these crews produce.

"[Schriever] can expect to see what their mission looks like to an outsider's perspective," said Staff Sgt. Michael Brady, Air Force TV Broadcast Producer.

Whether you're a seasoned Schriever space stud, or a young newbie to anything space-based, anyone interested to see the newest episode of BLUE can expect to see it released by approximately late September.

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