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DEL 4 CC commissions into USSF

Col. Richard Bourquin (left), Space Delta 4 commander, is commissioned into the U.S. Space Force by 1st Lt. Sydney Hauver (right), 11th Space Warning Squadron executive officer,  during a small ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021.

Col. Richard Bourquin (left), Space Delta 4 commander, is commissioned into the U.S. Space Force by 1st Lt. Sydney Hauver (right), 11th Space Warning Squadron executive officer, during a small ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021. Having commanded DEL 4 for nearly half a year prior to commissioning into the USSF, Bourquin has witnessed firsthand the magnitude of skill from those he leads. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua T. Crossman)

Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, has his U.S. Air Force Weapons School Graduate patch placed onto his Space Force uniform by his son, Bennett Bourquin, in the DEL 4 conference room at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan 5, 2021.

Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, has his U.S. Air Force Weapons School Graduate patch placed onto his Space Force uniform by his son, Bennett Bourquin, in the DEL 4 conference room at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan 5, 2021. The USAF Weapons School teaches around 400 hours of graduate-level instructor courses which provide the world's most advanced training in weapons and tactics employment. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua T. Crossman)

Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, his wife, Jodi, and his son, Bennett, pose for a family picture after Col. Bourquin commissioned into the U.S. Space Force, in the DEL 4 conference room at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021.

Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, his wife, Jodi, and his son, Bennett, pose for a family picture after Col. Bourquin commissioned into the U.S. Space Force, in the DEL 4 conference room at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021. As Col. Bourquin’s long and successful Air Force journey comes to an end, he begins his Space Force career as the first commander to lead the Guardians of DEL 4. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua T. Crossman)

Col. Devin Pepper (left), Buckley Garrison commander, offers his congratulations to Col. Richard Bourquin (right), Space Delta 4 commander, after Bourquin commissioned into the United States Space Force in the DEL 4 conference room at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021.

Col. Devin Pepper (left), Buckley Garrison commander, offers his congratulations to Col. Richard Bourquin (right), Space Delta 4 commander, after Bourquin commissioned into the United States Space Force in the DEL 4 conference room at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021. Bourquin served as the 460th Space Wing vice commander prior to the establishment of the Buckley Garrison and Space Delta 4. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua T. Crossman)

Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, poses for a detailed photo of his new U.S. Space Force patches after commissioning into the USSF in the DEL 4 conference room on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021.

Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, poses for a detailed photo of his new U.S. Space Force patches after commissioning into the USSF in the DEL 4 conference room on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021. Bourquin invested 25 years in the Air Force working in space operations, giving him the experience and complete understanding of DEL 4’s unrivaled missile warning operations. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua T. Crossman)

Colleagues of Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, gather to celebrate Bourquin’s commissioning into the U.S. Space Force in the DEL 4 conference room on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021.

Colleagues of Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, gather to celebrate Bourquin’s commissioning into the U.S. Space Force in the DEL 4 conference room on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 5, 2021. Chief Master Sgt. Willie Frazier II, who recently enlisted into the USSF, has and will continue to assist Bourquin as DEL 4’s senior enlisted leader. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua T. Crossman)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Surrounded by his loved ones and esteemed leaders, Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, commissioned into the U.S. Space Force on Jan. 5, 2021.

“As the first commander of Space Delta 4, I’m very happy to be joining so many of the Guardians already serving in U.S. Space Force within the Delta,” said Bourquin. “Though we rely heavily on both Guardians and Airmen for mission success in Space Delta 4, I’ve been a part of space operations for almost 25 years, and my place is within the service that is singularly focused on space.

This change evoked a heartfelt appreciation for the Air Force journey Bourquin has been a part of for so long.

“It’s tough to leave the Air Force, which has been a proud part of me for so much of my life, but I’m excited to finally be a part of this new effort to focus on assuring space combat capabilities for our nation,” added Bourquin.

Bourquin emphasized the significance of a unique service dedicated to space operations. As the largest Delta in USSF, DEL 4 is responsible for operating ground and space-based sensors at eleven locations worldwide. The sensors provide critical strategic and theater missile warning to the United States and our international partners.

Bourquin said those under his command are a vital component to national security. They provide and support space domain awareness, battlespace awareness, missile defense, and technical intelligence.

“Space warfighting capabilities are an integral part of the overall joint capabilities provided by the Department of Defense in all domains to protect and defend the United States and our international partners,” said Bourquin.

Serving alongside Bourquin as a fellow Guardian is Chief Master Sgt. Willie Frazier, DEL 4 senior enlisted leader, reflected on this significant occasion.

“The addition of Col. Bourquin to our ranks is a welcome and momentous occasion,” remarked Frazier. “This historic milestone of our first commander transitioning to the Space Force provides a level of visibility among the Guardians, Airmen, and mission partners of Space Delta 4 that will further demonstrate the commitment of our leadership team and reflects our values as we move into year two of Space Force operations.

“This is a great segue as we prepare to welcome the second wave of Airmen transitioning to USSF in the coming months,” added Frazier. “I am excited to see him transition to blue nametapes.”

 

Donning his new uniform top with midnight blue stitching and the words “U.S. Space Force” written across his heart, Bourquin reconfirmed his dedication to the Guardians and Airmen of DEL 4.  

 

“The decision to leave the Air Force and join the Space Force wasn’t easy, and I don’t take this transition lightly,” said Bourquin. “Ultimately, the opportunity to lead an incredible team of Guardians and Airmen in such an important mission made me realize that transitioning to USSF was the right decision. I’m proud to join the ranks of Guardians already in USSF who are writing the history of United States space operations every day.”

 

Having commanded DEL 4 for nearly half a year prior to commissioning into the USSF, Bourquin has witnessed firsthand the magnitude of skill from those he leads.

 

“I’m amazed every day at the talent and initiative shown by our Guardians and Airmen keeping our nation and our international partners safe from the threat of missile attack,” said Bourquin. “I am blessed to have the privilege of commanding this team.”

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