California Guard officer honored for space work at Beale AFB

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  • By Master Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze,
  • 195th Wing Public Affairs

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Roy Davis of the California Air National Guard’s 234th Intelligence Squadron is the 2021 Space Operations Command Company Grade Officer of the Year. Davis earned the award for outstanding performance while assigned to the 7th Space Warning Squadron at Beale Air Force Base.

Davis is the senior intelligence duty officer responsible for providing intelligence support and training to the 7th SWS. He has been at the unit two years through a military personnel appropriation tour. This program allows active-duty organizations to integrate Guard and Reserve component members into their units to augment their mission sets.

“Two years ago, through my home unit the 234th IS, I was able to find out about the opportunity to fill an intel role at the 7th SWS through MPA days. Since then, I have really enjoyed helping to integrate intelligence support into the space mission,” said Davis.

The 7th SWS supports numerous missions across missile and space defense, providing data and information to its national command authorities. The 7th SWS mission planning cell (MPC) takes a proactive approach to operations, with the MPC anticipating future activity. Intelligence analysts provide crews with the details that drive planning and execution.

At the unit, Davis has been fully integrated in the effort to advance the space mission.

“7th SWS is clearly prioritizing and investigating in ‘intel-driven operations,’ and so much of what we’re doing here is truly groundbreaking. This includes developing and aligning operations and intel qualification training courses, mission planning, tactics development, and new concept development.”

The dynamic mission at the 7th SWS takes a collective effort, and Davis has been an integral piece.

“As an analyst, it has been really cool to see all of this come together. It’s still a growing process, but it’s been really awesome,“ Davis said. “... It’s a team effort — Total Force Integration from the start. This translates to having everything we need now to plan, brief, execute and debrief to success. Our warfighting imperative in space demands this.”

Col. Raymond De Jesus, 195th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander, said it was an honor to have a 195th ISRG member win such a prestigious award.

“The selection of Lt. Davis demonstrates the caliber of our Airmen and the value of the California Air National Guard to the Space Force mission. Our years of experience operating and providing real-time intelligence in space are critical for continued U.S. dominance in the space domain. “