U.S. Space Force Gains a Lobo
June 3, 2020 - Dorene DiNaro
United States Space Force, we have a Lobo. A modern-day twist on the famous words uttered to Houston a long time ago as the U.S. Space Force welcomes 2nd Lt Kyle Williams, a recent UNM graduate into its ranks as a Space Operations Officer. Williams will be the first Lobo to report for duty at the newest branch of the Armed Forced established in December 2019.
Williams is prior enlisted Cyber Operations Technician, and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. “When I first enlisted into the United States Air Force, I felt honored to join the long-standing legacy of Airman who served before me” he says.
In his Space Operations Officer role, he will be tasked with directing the entire system utilizing satellites that enhance our communication and tracking, and will oversee space surveillance, space lift, space warning and satellite command and control.
Williams first began interested in space after researching different degrees he could pursue in the field. “I saw information about an astronautical degree program,” he says. “That lead me to find out that the Air Force has a space component.”
Initially that space component was called the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). However, with the Enactment of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the AFSPC was re-designated as the U.S. Space Force. Military members assigned to the AFSPC are now assigned to the USSF but remain Airmen within the U.S. Air Force.
“Having now earned my commission into the United States Space Force, I feel a sense of pride and responsibility knowing that I will have a role in the newest branch during its infancy,” Williams says. Part of that role will be assisting the USSF in maintaining and enhancing the competitive edge of the Department of Defense in space while adapting to new strategic challenges.
Williams’ first stop, however, is the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio where he’ll receive his master’s in Space Systems. After that, he’ll join the USSF mission to organize, train, and equip space forces to protect U.S. and allied interested in space and provide space capabilities to the joint force.
“I hope to be a part of the advancements in space technology and research while maintaining our nation’s security in the space domain,” he says.
For more information on the program, visit the U.S. Space Force website.