Col. Ryan Britton, director of ICBM System Directorate, thanked his people for their hard work at an ICBMSD Dining Out on June 30 held at the Landing. He thanked the families for their sacrifices and remarked on the reason behind his demanding expectations: the ability to provide the next generation the ability to reach for their goals in a free society. The directorate plans to hold the ICBMSD Dining Out annually.
Brig. Gen. Daryl Hauck, Program Executive Officer for Strategic Systems, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., spoke at the Dining Out, highlighting the will to win and teamwork shown by all involved.
"When we look to our future environment, what that might look like in our role as a deterrent, it's instructive to look at the past," said Hauck.
"When we look at the previous 100 years, we see rapid changes in capability, and intent and alliances changed even faster. That means we have to be able to respond across a full spectrum, and our strategic deterrent has provided an umbrella under which the others can act, If you were to project that forward you can appreciate how much we deal with a lot of uncertainties," said Hauck.
The general praised the ICBM directorate for its will to win and the display of teamwork.
He talked about the past NBA season pointing out two teams who made it to the finals including the Oklahoma Thunder and the Miami Heat -- the first team not ever expected to make it but displaying great teamwork and the second facing obstacles it overcame to return to the finals.
"We've got a great starting five," said Hauck, adding that there were definitely more than five on the ICBM Section Directorate team, alluding to the many who had made significant contributions in the past year.
"There's a lot ahead of us, and if you aren't a little afraid you may not understand the scope of what we have to do," said Hauck. "But fear is overcome with the will to act."
He charged the group to continue to raise each other as teammates and continue the legacy to sustain a great system of deterrence, praising its 99.7 percent alert status, which the colonel also praised.