Space operator continues to inspire, fuel warfighting spirit
Story by Halle Thornton on 07/11/2019
The National Space Defense Center dedicated their operations floor to Senior Master Sgt. Harold Mosley, II during a ceremony with senior leaders at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 9.
Capt. Martin Adamson, 50th Space Wing chaplain, began the ceremony with an invocation.
“We pause for a moment to remember Mose,” he began. “We remember that although he does not physically walk among us, his presence looms large within these walls. We remember, before you and one another, that the things that take place here are in large part due to his efforts from the beginning of this great endeavor.”
“His attention and creativity were the foundation of what takes place here, resulting in nothing less than the defense of our nation, the domain of space,” Adamson continued. “May this thanksgiving spur us on to do our best each and every day. Remind us to honor Mose by excelling in our work, challenging each other to get it right, because our nation depends on us.”
Col. Mitch Stratton, NSDC director, highlighted Mosley’s upbringing in his comments.
“Senior Master Sgt. Mosley was a proud Cajun boy from Opelousas, Louisiana, a small town with an incredible sense of family,” he said. “His Louisiana family all knew him as Robbie’. I was humbled to visit Opelousas for Robbie’s funeral and meet so many of the folks who knew him.”
Stratton explained Mosley’s military family knew him as “Mose,” who almost joined the Navy before being persuaded to join the Air Force, where he quickly excelled in all he did.
After only one year on crew with the 2nd Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, he was selected to move to the 50th Operations Support Squadron as the noncommissioned officer in charge of weapons and tactics flight.
“This is the place where they put the weapon systems experts, the best of the best,” Stratton said. “As a Buckley alumni myself, I can tell you what a superior contribution he made and what a remarkable capability Space Based Infrared System Spacecraft has become. As a testimony to his work, Mose and his team won the Weaver Award as the best OSS in Air Force Space Command.”
Additionally, Mosley worked in the 1st Space Operations Squadron as the NCOIC of future operations weapons and tactics, and flight chief of space superiority development.
“What couldn’t be said at the time was Mose was writing the tactics, techniques and procedures manual for the geosynchronous space situational awareness program,” Stratton said. “You can be sure people like Mose didn’t accidentally get assigned to onboard this cutting edge technology. He was hand selected talent, and he nailed it.”
Stratton said when the NSDC decided to hire their first ever senior enlisted leader, there was no other choice but Mosley.
“Since joining the space community, he was on the leading edge of not only thinking about space superiority, but fielding capabilities to make it a reality,” he said. “When I was selected to be the director of the NSDC, the first phone call I got was from Mose. He couldn’t wait to team up and get to work; to take space warfighting to the next level.”
Stratton directed the audience’s attention to the Mose Memorial Library in the corner of the ops floor.
Items such as 93 books from Mosley’s personal collection, a wounded warrior cap, and Ride 2 Recovery medal are displayed in honor of his dedication to service and his community.
“Mose was a wingman,” Stratton said. “Our library has mementos that pay tribute to his fellow warriors.”
Stratton closed the ceremony with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
“A life of ease was not in Mose’s DNA,” Stratton said. “He stood the watch for more than 18 years, dedicated to serving his country. We are all better off for having known him. He leaves a name worth remembering, so we shall.”