• From left to right, Maj. Ty Hensley, Group Support Company Commander, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); 1st Lt. Patricia Rodriguez (USAF), Deputy Flight Commander, Plans and Resources Flight, 60th Communications Squadron; Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Wilderman, GSC Signal Detachment Sergeant, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and Capt. Jeff Fish, Rear Detachment S6, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), sat on the warfighter panel at the 11th Annual SPACECOMM Defending America Symposium, conducted Jan. 28 at the Broadmoor Hotel. The panel was chaired by Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Story (not pictured), Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.

    Warfighter Panel

    From left to right, Maj. Ty Hensley, Group Support Company Commander, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); 1st Lt. Patricia Rodriguez (USAF), Deputy Flight Commander, Plans and Resources Flight, 60th Communications Squadron; Sgt. 1st Class Douglas...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Wilderman, GSC Signal Detachment Sergeant, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), spoke as part of the warfighter panel at the 11th Annual SPACECOMM Defending America Symposium, conducted Jan. 28 at the Broadmoor Hotel.

    Wilderman speaks with Warfighter Panel

    Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Wilderman, GSC Signal Detachment Sergeant, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), spoke as part of the warfighter panel at the 11th Annual SPACECOMM Defending America Symposium, conducted Jan. 28 at the Broadmoor Hotel.

  • Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Story, Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, chairs the warfighter panel at the 11th Annual SPACECOMM Defending America Symposium, conducted Jan. 28 at the Broadmoor Hotel.

    Story chairs Warfighter Panel

    Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Story, Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, chairs the warfighter panel at the 11th Annual SPACECOMM Defending America Symposium, conducted Jan. 28 at...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The importance of space to the warfighter, in particular Special Forces, was the main topic of discussion during the warfighter panel at the 11th Annual SPACECOMM Defending America Symposium, conducted Jan. 28 at the Broadmoor Hotel.

This year's warfighter panel was chaired by Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Story, Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. Also on the panel were Maj. Ty Hensley, Group Support Company Commander, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); 1st Lt. Patricia Rodriguez (USAF), Deputy Flight Commander, Plans and Resources Flight, 60th Communications Squadron; Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Wilderman, GSC Signal Detachment Sergeant, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and Capt. Jeff Fish, Rear Detachment S6, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Story opened the event with a brief look at where the military has been and where they are currently as a result of the space capabilities now in hand. "Space Force Enhancement is a significant force multiplier. Space will allow Soldiers to dominate full-spectrum operations ...not survive, but dominate full-spectrum of operations," said Story.

Following Story, each panel member gave various personal accounts on how space enabled them to successfully engage and defeat the enemy by using satellite communications; position navigation and timing; intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance and more.

Hitting home with the importance of space to the Special Forces Soldier, Hensley said, "I've been in special forces for ten years and I've noticed a dramatic improvement in the equipment and technology provided to the special forces Soldier, which greatly improves our awareness, our lethality and most important to me our survivability."

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