USSF’s Space Operator Field Grade Officer Of Year
U.S. Air Force 1st
Lt. Charles Rivezzo
Space Training and Readiness Command
June 23, 2023
U.S. Space Force Maj. Marcus "Bishop"
Fairchild, the 328th Weapons Squadron Chief of Space Integration and
U.S. Air Force Weapons School (USAFWS) Instructor in Space
Superiority, was named the USSF’s Space Operator of the Year in the
Field Grade Officer category.
U.S. Space Force Maj. Marcus "Bishop" Fairchild, the 328th Weapons Squadron Chief of Space Integration and U.S. Air Force Weapons School Instructor in Space Superiority, was named the USSF’s Space Operator of the Year in the Field Grade Officer category
on June 8, 2023. (Image created by USA
Patriotism! from U.S. Space Force courtesy photo from Maj. Marcus Fairchild.)
This accolade recognizes his contributions
to the integration of space capabilities into joint force
operations, as well as his role as an instructor at the USAFWS.
“I am truly honored and humbled by the recognition,” said
Fairchild. “I am surrounded by amazing Guardians who guide, assist,
and mentor me every day and I am thankful to all those I’ve served
with for their support throughout my career.”
Fairchild's primary duties involve integrating space capabilities
into the capstone exercise for each Weapons School class, known as
Weapons School Integration. This exercise is a series of complex,
large-force employment missions, in line with the National Defense
Strategy, involving the planning and execution of every aspect of
air, space, and cyber operations with the joint force.
instructor, we empower the Weapons School students to lead all
aspects of mission planning and execution and help guide them to a
safe execution,” Fairchild said. “Each mission requires a different
set of space capabilities to enhance the joint forces’ lethality and
As the space integration lead, Fairchild
plays a pivotal role in planning and coordinating with USSF
squadrons and the Weapons School to integrate space assets, systems,
and capabilities into the relevant missions’ objectives and
A significant accomplishment of his during the
award period was the work he performed while deployed to
Headquarters, U.S. European Command Information Operations and
Special Activities Division, Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum
Operations Cell as the Space Electromagnetic Warfare Planner during
the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I participated in
multiple Operational Planning Teams in response to Joint Staff
Planning Orders as the Space SME [subject matter expert],” Fairchild
shared. “As a result, we were able to update the USEUCOM Base Plan
and Operational Plan for the crisis response.”
detailed the process he established to synchronize space and cyber
effects, in coordination with U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) and
U.S. Cyber Command, to actualize USEUCOM objectives.
included establishing priorities and tasking methodologies to
request and obtain support from USSPACECOM for space support and
non-kinetic effect delivery for USEUCOM, as well as developing a
concept of operation that enabled the transfer of unique equipment
to Ukraine under Presidential Draw-down Authority.
Fairchild's career in the space industry began when he commissioned
in 2013 from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York as an Air Force
13S or Space Operations Officer. He has since served in numerous
capacities, including launch and range operations in Florida, a
Space Electromagnetic Warfare mission commander in Afghanistan, and
as a deployment commander in North-West Africa. He transferred to
the Space Force on September 1, 2020.
“I would like to
express my sincere gratitude to my friends, family, and fellow
Guardians and Airmen who have played an invaluable role in helping
me achieve this remarkable milestone,” said Fairchild.
Reflecting on his journey, Fairchild emphasized the importance of
taking bold and aggressive initiative in the face of uncertainty.
“I have realized that being decisive and resolute, even in the
face of pushback, is crucial to achieving success,” he said.
“Moreover, I have discovered the significance of diplomatic and
tactful persuasion when faced with opposition regarding the
utilization of space power.”
These experiences have shaped
his approach to leadership, leading him to inspire and encourage all
Guardians to embrace boldness and decisiveness in their actions.
“When confronted with uncertainty, it is far better to take any
action and make progress rather than remain stagnant,” Fairchild
expressed. “Embrace failure, debrief to usable fixes and
corrections, and move out again to bring space power to the joint
and coalition force.”
Fairchild concluded, “Let us remember
that our role as Guardians demands proactive and assertive
decision-making, even in the face of adversity. There is no comfort
in growth and no growth in comfort. I am honored to have received
this award and pledge to continue striving for excellence in my
career field. I extend my deepest appreciation to everyone who has
been a part of my journey and contributed to my success. Together,
let us forge ahead, embracing boldness, decisiveness, and the
relentless pursuit of advancement in the field of space operations.”
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