3rd SES Airman recognized as Innovator of the Year

3rd SES Airman recognized as Innovator of the Year

Capt. Daniel Brunski, flight mission planner with the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron stands with his 50th Space Wing’s 2017 Innovator of the Year award. Brunski worked alongside the 527th and 26th Space Aggressor Squadrons and 25th Space Range Squadron to develop exercise events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- When Airmen develop new methods in today’s ever-changing and evolving Air Force, leadership take notice.

Throughout his time at Schriever, Capt. Daniel Brunski, flight mission planner with the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, has sought out ways to improve his squadron and enhance the mission.

Brunksi won the 50th Space Wing’s April 2017 Innovator of the Quarter, then proceeded to earn the 50th SW 2017 Innovator of the Year award.

According to Brunksi, the 3rd SES worked with the Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space satellite, used for advanced training purposes before it was decommissioned.

“At the end of 2016, Fourteenth Air Force assigned us to develop an entire year’s campaign plan for ANGELS exercise events,” he said. “Within two weeks from notice, we had a campaign plan. Throughout the year, my role was to ensure the exercises ran smoothly as the coordinator.”

Leadership at the 3rd SES expressed their thoughts on Brunksi’s achievements.

“One of the missions of the 3rd SES is to innovate,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Amsden, commander of the 3rd SES. “We pride ourselves on finding creative solutions to problems and pushing the limits. Captain Brunksi leaned forward to work with mission partners, bring in capabilities and align assets we never would have thought of. He clearly stood apart from an already competitive field.”

The 3rd SES planned exercises along with the 25th Space Range Squadron and 527th and 26th Space Aggressor Squadrons. The training audience consisted of the 50th Operations Support Squadron, 3rd and 4th Space Operations Squadrons and National Space Defense Center.

As the year progressed, each exercise became more difficult than the one before it.

Brunksi said he felt honored to be nominated and recognized by Air Force leadership. 

Brunski shared advice for Airmen following in his footsteps.

“Never let anyone tell you something can't be done until you try it yourself, and even then still be skeptical,” he said. “There's always something new to learn. I don't think any concept is out of reach for anyone, – it just comes down to your will to slog through the pain of understanding something new.”