Satellite Industry Honors U.S. Strategic Command
By Maj. Randi Steffy, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., June 9, 2004 The International Satellite and Communications exchange presented its leadership award to U.S. Strategic Command at the satellite industry's annual exposition in Long Beach, Calif., June 2.
Navy Adm. James O. Ellis Jr., STRATCOM commander, accepted the award on behalf of the command's men and women.
The ISCe awards honor people and organizations that have played an instrumental role in the success of the satellite and communications industries. ISCe officials noted that STRATCOM has provided pivotal information operations during the war on terrorism and is a recognized leader of transformational communications, global network operations and integration of commercial operations into Defense Department operations. The organization presents awards in education, industry leadership, innovation, technology and lifetime achievement categories.
Ellis said it is "truly an honor" for STRATCOM to be the award's first military recipient. "Space operations are at the heart of our command," he said, "and it means a great deal to us when our fellow dedicated space professionals recognize our work. This award stands as a symbol, not only for what we've achieved, but also (for) our potential for even greater achievement as we work together to enhance the security of our nation."
David Cavossa, acting executive director of the Satellite Industry Association and co-host of ISCe, thanked STRATCOM's people and praised Ellis's leadership in improving the partnership between the satellite industry and DoD. "This partnership will help facilitate and ensure the long-term availability, security, and efficient management of commercial (satellite communications) resources for the warfighter," he said.
ISCe is the premier West Coast annual event that highlights the innovation and use of satellite technologies and services in the global commercial, government and military sectors. It brings together executives, information and technology officers, engineers and sales and marketing professionals representing the users and providers of satellite-based services and technologies from around the world.
STRATCOM is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives. Charged with providing the president and the secretary of defense with a broad range of strategic capabilities and options, the command's mission areas include full-spectrum global strike, space operations, computer network operations, DoD information operations, strategic warning, integrated missile defense, and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
(Army Maj. Randi Steffy is assigned to U.S. Strategic Command public affairs.)