Hundreds gather to honor SMC’s outstanding personnel
The base’s Air Force Association chapter held its annual Salute to Space and Missile Systems Center banquet July 15 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel


By 1st Lt. Lori Dockendorf, Space and Missile Systems Center
Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2005

  
Hundreds gather to honor SMC’s outstanding personnel
LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif. – General Lance W. Lord, Air Force Space Command commander, visits with retired General James E. Dalton, National Defense Industrial Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter chairman of the board, at the Air Force Association General Bernard A. Schriever Los Angeles Chapter 147 Salute to Space and Missile Systems Center banquet July 15.


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LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif. – The base’s Air Force Association chapter held its annual Salute to Space and Missile Systems Center banquet July 15 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel.

The AFA’s General Bernard A. Schriever Los Angeles Chapter 147 honored SMC’s past and future at the event, recognizing the center’s outstanding achievers as well as General Schriever’s contributions to the nation’s defense.

General Schriever is the architect of America’s space and missile program. He is also recognized for defining and institutionalizing the acquisition process by demonstrating the interrelationship between technology, strategy and politics.

General Schriever was laid to rest June 20, 2005.

Center members literally walked with a legend out here in Los Angeles, said General Lance W. Lord, Air Force Space Command commander. He said that in these times of change there is no one better than General Schriever to look to and to model our future upon.

“We’re going to take that framework that General Schriever gave us, and we’re going to work hard to be the model for DoD [Department of Defense] acquisitions by 1 January 2006, and we’re going to take care of our people in the process,” said General Lord.

Fourteen awards, many of which are named after significant contributors and founders of the space program, were presented to SMC personnel. According to David Murphy, Schriever Chapter president and emcee of the event, approximately 150 nominations were submitted.

“We have a special night like this once a year to honor all the folks at SMC and L.A. Air Force Base who do great work, helping to improve the space systems of our country,” said Mr. Murphy. “I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make tonight possible.”

Approximately 400 people, including the Under Secretary of the Air Force Peter Teets, attended the formal event.

It was a special night for one award winner in particular, as both his father and grandmother were in attendance. First lieutenant Paul Hendrickson, 526th Acquisitions Group, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the Outstanding Company Grade Officer Award with under four years.

“I’m very flattered and honored to be chosen over other CGOs in SMC who are doing equally great work,” said Lieutenant Hendrickson. “I’m fortunate that I could share this night with my family.”

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems commander, offered congratulations to all the award-winning Airmen.

“These men and women epitomize our core values while demonstrating our command’s ‘get it done’ attitude,” said General Hamel.


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