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CSO visits RAF Feltwell, recognizes Guardians

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  • By Staff Sgt. Charles Welty
  • 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond met with Guardians, Airmen and leadership during a recent visit to Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, July 12, 2022.

During his visit, Raymond was briefed and given a tour of the 73rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (ISRS) Detachment 4, which recently transferred into the Space Force. The unit’s primary mission is to execute space-centric ISR missions supporting acquisition development and combatant command operations.

“Space superiority is critical to joint and combined military operations,” Raymond said. “The work that you all do here at the 73rd ISRS, providing communications and telemetry analysis, is key to the success in the EUCOM area of responsibility. Thank you all for everything you do.”

In addition to touring the facilities, Raymond recognized 73rd ISRS Det. 4 personnel who have made significant contributions to the effectiveness and efficiency of both the Air and Space Forces.

“Our Guardians are our most important source of enduring strength in the Space Force,” Raymond said. “I could not be more proud of the work you’ve done here to ensure the U.S. and its allies can continue to enjoy the advantages our space capabilities provide.”

Among those recognized from the 73rd ISRS Det. 4 were: U.S. Space Force Master Sgt. Alexander Bond and Tech Sgts. Becky Cayuela, Jeremy Nabity and Derek Walls.

“It was an honor to be able to meet and have my accomplishments acknowledged by Gen. Raymond personally,” Nabity said. “This is definitely a highlight for my career. To be at the forefront of a new branch of the military, it can be difficult to know what right looks like. This moment helped me confirm that my peers and I are moving in the right direction.”

Apart from this recent visit, Raymond isn’t unfamiliar with RAF Feltwell, as he once served as the commander of the 5th Space Surveillance Squadron, which was located on the installation nearly 20 years ago.

“Feltwell has a long history of supporting space operations,” Raymond said. “I am grateful for the service and sacrifice from all of the Guardians and Airmen supporting this mission and I am excited for continued opportunities with our UK partners in space.”

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