Persistence Pays Off For USSF Master Sergeant
by U.S. Space Force 2nd Lt. Hunter Lavigne
July 3, 2023
U.S. Space Force Master Sgt. Joseph D.
Spears, known for his unwavering perseverance and tenacity, recently
achieved a significant milestone in his 13-year military career. He
succeeded in his multiple attempts to earn a spot to attend Officer
Training School (OTS) at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
May 31, 2023 - U.S. Space Force Master Sgt. Joseph D. Spears, 30th Space Communications Squadron section chief of cyber security, poses for an official photo at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. After multiple attempts, Spears recently earned a spot to attend Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Following OTS graduation, he will return to Vandenberg and attend training at the 533rd Training Squadron to become a space operations officer. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Quijas.)
Currently, serving as the 30th Space
Communications Squadron cyber security section chief, Spears will
attend OTS later this year. Following graduation, he will return to
Vandenberg and attend training at the
533rd Training Squadron to
become a space operations officer.
“Being selected for
commissioning is an extremely competitive process, in which
considered based on their aptitude, leadership,
and potential and Master Sgt. Spears excelled amongst his
said Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern, deputy commander, Space Systems
Command. “With this
selection, Master Sgt. Spears now has the
well-deserved opportunity to go through Officer Training
later this year.”
This achievement did not come easily for
Spears, who has repeatedly applied for OTS in the past. He
admission through the Senior Leader Enlisted Commissioning Program
and twice through the
Cyber Direct Commissioning Program.
However, it was his third traditional application to OTS that
earned him the selection.
Spears offered his thoughts on his
persistence, saying, “Never give up on your goals, no matter how
times you have been told no; keep improving yourself until
they say yes.”
While Spears’ undergraduate degree had a
grade point average on the lower end of the spectrum, he
completed a master’s degree in cyber security to augment his
credentials and enhance his
application to the selection board.
The rigorous nine-week, four-phase OTS program challenges the
mental and physical fortitude of
Guardians like Spears.
Throughout each phase and week, he will continue honing his skills
the confidence needed to lead the men and women of
the U.S. Space Force.
Although Spears excelled in his role on
the enlisted side of service, his desire to contribute to the
foundation of the new military force motivated him to commission.
Notably, Spears played a pivotal role
in developing the Space
Force enlisted Basic Military Training standard and now aims to make
impact within the U.S. Space Force.
Force 1st Lt. Kyle Kauffman, Spears’ officer-in-charge and plans and
commander, exalted his extraordinary conduct.
“Every day I witness the invaluable impact Master Sgt. Spears
has in his role as my flight's section chief,”
said Kauffman. “He
consistently differentiates himself as a remarkable leader - putting
a distinct focus on
our team's growth and development. Master
Sgt. Spears has dedicated countless hours to creating training
curriculum, mentoring our Guardians, and ultimately serving as an
important role model in our unit. His
selection to OTS is a
testament to his hard work and dedication throughout his career, and
unique aspects that make him such a deserving OTS
candidate. The wealth of experience that Master Sgt.
carries has been personally valuable and will be immeasurably
beneficial to the officer corps.
Without a doubt, Master Sgt.
Spears will be an exemplary Space Force officer.”
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