Essay Winners Consider Future Space, Cyber Challenges

The Air Force Space Command Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Memorial Essay Contest is conducted annually to stimulate thought, discussion and debate on matters relating to how the Air Force and AFSPC provide space and cyberspace capabilities for the joint force and the nation. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

The Air Force Space Command Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Memorial Essay Contest is conducted annually to stimulate thought, discussion and debate on matters relating to how the Air Force and AFSPC provide space and cyberspace capabilities for the joint force and the nation. Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

November 20, 2014 – Four Air Force Space Command Airmen were awarded prizes for winning entries in the 2014 Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Memorial Essay Contest.

The AFSPC essay contest is conducted annually to stimulate thought, discussion and debate on matters relating to how the Air Force and AFSPC provide space and cyberspace capabilities for the joint force and the nation. The contest, open to all Airmen and Air Force civilian employees is sponsored by the Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association and administered by the AFSPC History office.

This year’s theme, “The Future”, focused on how AFSPC can change, prepare and plan for the contested environments the command faces in both the Space and Cyber domains. Entrants submitted original, unpublished works of 3,500 words or less. The top three essays are online now on the Air and Space Power Journal website and will be published in the next printed edition.

“Results of the Schriever Memorial Essay Contest are far-reaching,” said Skip Bradley III, AFSPC History Director. “Not only did the winners and honorable mention writers express strategic ideas to the entire Air force, but the history office is sending all submissions to appropriate readership within the command and the Air Force for further review. In this way, all the entrants were winners and the command has truly benefitted from this contest.”

Maj. Gen. David Buck, AFSPC vice commander, and Mr. Roy Griggs, Lance P. Sijan Chapter AFA representative, spoke at the presentation, October 31 and presented the first and third place awards. General Buck made the second place presentation at Vandenberg AFB, California, October 20. The AFA provided monetary awards to authors of the winning submissions, $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively.

“We received 20 top-quality papers from around the Air Force. All of these innovative thoughts definitely made it tough on our panel of judges,” said Griggs.

The 2014 Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Memorial Essay Contest winners are:

  • 1st Place – Lt. Col. Joseph Iungerman; “What if They Say ‘No’? – Preserving Access to Critical Commercial Space Capabilities during Future Crises”. Iungerman is the AFSPC Programming and Financial Management Directorate executive officer.

  • 2nd Place – Lt. Col. Kris Barcomb; “Space Sustainment: A New Approach for America in Space”. Barcomb is the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, California.

  • 3rd Place – Co-authored by Capt. Bryan Bell and 2nd Lt. Even Rogers; “Mission Resilience and the Contested, Degraded and Operationally-limited Space: The Gaps in Tactical Space Operations”. Bell is the 4th Space Operations Squadron assistant operations officer and weapons officer; Rogers is the 4th SOS Weapons and Tactics Training chief. Both are assigned to Schriever AFB, Colorado.

  • Honorable mention went to:

  • Capt. John H. Paek; “Strategic Space Training”; Paek is the 21st Operations Group, Det. 2, commander, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory.

  • First Lt. Gregory Eslinger; “Air Force Space Command and the OODA Loop”. Eslinger is a Military Satellite Communications Directorate project engineer, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, California.

  • Capt. Domenic Magazu III; “Bridging the Gap: Cyber Situational Awareness to the End User”. Magazu currently serves as the 24th Air Force executive officer to the vice commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. At the article’s submission, he was the 92d Information Operations Squadron flight commander, JBSA-Lackland.

  • In 2007, the 50th Space Wing and the Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the AFA sponsored an essay contest with the goal of stimulating discussion on the employment of space power. The contest was limited to Schriever AFB personnel and ended after one year. In 2013 the AFSPC commander re-launched the contest as an Air Force-wide effort and included space and cyberspace as focus areas.