Technical Sergeant X. Victor Kearney, United States Space Force

2021 U.S. Missile Defender of the Year

TSgt Kearney is a Missile Warning and Defense Operator at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. As a Missile Defender, TSgt Kearney is in coordination with 67 entities and has dissemination responsibilities to seven subordinate commands with oversight of 375 thousand joint personnel on an ever changing, high stakes operating environment encompassing the world’s largest area of responsibility. Through his expertise, TSgt Kearney is able to establish continuity in high operations tempo and high turnover environments to ensure the highest level of operations are achieved. Specifically, his initiative and utilization of prior North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Missile Defender experience has set the bar for his peers, through training five Joint Operations Center teams, consisting of 48 joint personnel comprising eight different duty descriptions, on missile system indications and battle staff processes. Most notably, TSgt Kearney’s operator knowledge led to a rapid assessment of a recent adversary missile launch which demonstrated never before seen capabilities. His continued thoroughness following the launch synced data points from seven entities leading to the creation of five job aids, six checklist changes and additional training of five Joint Operations Center Directors, ensuring they have technical knowledge to provide timely and accurate assessments when encountering similar “unusual” indications. Similarly, his meticulous attention to detail identified two critical server errors, which led to a network server audit that restored missile warning monitoring capabilities for 24 million allied civilians. TSgt Kearney enlisted in the Air Force on December 7, 2007. After completing Basic Training and graduating from the Satellite Command and Control Course at Vandenberg Space Force Base (SFB), California, he was assigned to Schriever SFB, Colorado as his first duty station working as a SGLS/AEHF Operator for the MILSTAR constellation. His second duty location was Peterson SFB, Colorado, where he worked as a Space Control Operator in the 16th Space Defense Squadron. Prior to his current assignment, TSgt Kearney held numerous positions in NORAD and U.S. Northern Command on Peterson SFB, Colorado to include Primary Line Instructor, Crew Training Officer, and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Simulations Cell at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. He has also participated in Red Flag training exercises along with deployments to Iraq and Qatar.

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