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New SIDC Commander Has The Wright Stuff

Col. Robert Wright Jr. speaks to the Airmen of the Space Innovation and Development Center as their new commander July 18 at the change-of-command ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Raheem Moore)
by Master Sgt. Jennifer Thibault
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2007
The organization charged with developing new techniques and procedures to apply space-based capabilities to warfighters gained new leadership July 18. Col. Robert Wright Jr. became the commander of the Space Innovation and Development Center during a change-of-command ceremony held at the Consolidated Club on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, vice commander of Air Force Space Command, was the presiding officer for the ceremony and said Colonel Wright had the "right stuff" to command the center.

"Command is a duty that holds special significance," he said. "A commander must lead and inspire and balance the needs of mission and people. Bob is absolutely the right man for the job."

The general also spoke highly of the people of the SIDC.

"What can I say about the SIDC?" asked the general rhetorically. "These are the folks that set the standard for innovation ... they 'unlock the potential' at a pace unmatched anywhere. These professionals exploit space systems to apply combat effects for the Joint fight."

Following suit, Colonel Wright spoke about his enthusiasm in joining the center and about the organization's charter. He said senior leaders refer to the "I" in SIDC as the "Big I" -- standing for innovation. But it also stands for integration -- as in integrating space effects for the warfighter.

The new SIDC commander intends to focus on further integrating space effects into current and future operations.

"We're a small family, and we will continue to work to meet the needs of our customers and industry partners," said the colonel.

Before departing, Col. Larry Chodzko, former SIDC commander, thanked the men and women of the center.

"You make the SIDC the greatest organization in the U.S. Air Force today. You have incredible talent," he said.

Colonel Chodzko is heading to an assignment in Ramstein, Germany.

Prior to taking command, Colonel Wright was the 14th Air Force vice commander where he provided leadership and guidance for the 14th Air Force staff, five space wings and the Joint Space Operations Center.

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