by 1st Lt. Sarah Burnett
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
12/22/2015 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - -- Three
Air Force Space Command Airmen were awarded prizes for their winning
essay entries in the 2015 Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Memorial Essay
Contest, Dec. 10, 2015.
The purpose of the contest is to stimulate thought, discussion, and
debate on matters relating to how the Air Force and Air Force Space
Command provide space and cyberspace capabilities for the joint force
and the nation.
The Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association, in cooperation
with Air Force Space Command, sponsors the Gen. Bernard A. Schriever
Memorial Essay Contest. The theme for the 2015 Gen. Bernard A. Schriever
Memorial Essay Contest was, "how does Air Force Space Command best
develop space and cyber Airmen to win tomorrow's fight?"
The Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association provided cash
awards for the top three essays. In addition to plaques, the winning
entrant received $1,000, the second place winner received $750, and the
third place winner received $500.
A team of six judges, led by chief judge, retired AFSPC commander, Gen.
Lance Lord, evaluated the submitted essays and determined winners. Each
of this year's winners presented a five minute summary of the papers at
the award ceremony.
Presiding officials at the award ceremony were General John Hyten, Air
Force Space Command commander, and Don Kidd, the Air Force Association
Lance P. Sijan Chapter president.
The Air and Space Power Journal publishes the top three essays with honorable mentions given to three other notable submissions.
The 2015 Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Memorial Essay Contest winners are:
1st Place - 1st Lt. Christopher Babcock, 50th Space Communications
Squadron; "Preparing for the Cyber Battleground of the Future."
2nd Place - Lt. Col. Ernest Bonner, Flight Ops Division Aerospace Data
Facility-Colorado chief; "Defending Our Satellites: The Need for
Electronic Warfare Education and Training."
3rd Place - Maj. Sean Temple, Headquarters Air Force Space Command
Financial Management; "Developing Tomorrow's Space Warfighter - The
Argument for Contracting Out Space Operations."
Honorable mention went to:
Air Force Reserve Maj. Elisabeth White, 14th Air Force Space Operations
and Lessons Learned Division chief; "Reconsidering the Cyberspace Human
Lt. Col. William McCulley, Headquarters Air Force Space Command
Defensive Ops Branch chief; "Towards the Battle: Recommendations on
Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Nathan Yates,
310th Operations Group deputy commander; "The AOC Model for Space C2:
Enhancing the Future of Joint Operations."
The essay contest program was initiated in 2014 and this is the second
year of the series. The annual contest is open to all current Air Force
military and civilian personnel, including Air Force Reserve and Air
National Guard members.
The top three essays are online now on the Air and Space Power Journal
website here http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/Index.asp. Also, the top
three essays are published in the November-December 2015 printed