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Air Force launches third AEHF satellite

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The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency communication satellite at 4:10 a.m., EDT, Sept. 18, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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Space capability integral to all military operations

Posted March 30, 2012 by Staff

Space capabilities have become integral to all military operations, the commander of Air Force Space Command told reporters during a Defense Writers Group breakfast March 22. “It’s hard to imagine what life was like before we had … GPS providing very accurate targeting capability, military satellite communications providing all the reach-back that’s needed, [and] missile…

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Boeing receives 10th WGS satellite order from U.S. Air Force

Posted August 2, 2012 by

The Wideband Global SATCOM satellite is the successor to the Defense Satellite Communications System-III. One WGS satellite has about 12 times the bandwidth of a DSCS-III satellite. EL SEGUNDO, Calif...

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Officer, civilian developmental education application windows open

Posted March 22, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Eligible active duty officers and civilians are now able to apply for intermediate and senior developmental education opportunities, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Officer applications are due to AFPC April 12, and civilian nominations are due May 1, said George McKey, AFPC officer developmental education branch. A variety of developmental opportunities exist for those…

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Space Command TacSat 3 burns up in atmosphere

Posted May 11, 2012 by Staff

May 1 marked the end of Air Force Space Command’s Tactical Satellite 3 after it de-orbited into and burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere. TacSat-3, which had exceeded its expected lifespan by 20 months, was originally designed and launched as a one-year experimental satellite May 19, 2009. Although not designed as an operational asset, due…

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AFA names aerospace award winners

Posted November 9, 2012 by Gloria Kwizera

Air Force Association officials named the 2012 National Aerospace and Specialty Award winners during the Annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington D.C. last month, said Air Force Personnel Center officials. The specific categories and winners are as follows: David C. Schilling Award for the most outstanding contribution to national defense in…

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Voluntary separation programs continue through August

Posted April 12, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Eligible officers and enlisted members have until Aug. 1 to submit their application for separation under the fiscal 2013 voluntary force management programs, Air Force officials reminded Airmen today. Announced in February, fiscal year 2013 force management programs support the Air Force effort to reduce manning to the authorized end-strength by Sept. 30. Officer programs,…

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First SBIRS satellite exceeding performance expectations after one year on orbit

Posted June 8, 2012 by

The first Lockheed Martin-built Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite, launched May 7, 2012, is exceeding performance expectations and is on schedule to achieve operational...

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Air Force releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted February 22, 2013 by

Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary…

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Next Boeing GPS IIF satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

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Boeing workers lift the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite onto a transporter following its Aug. 1 arrival at the Navstar Processing Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Boeing shipped the fifth GPS IIF satellite from its satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif., on a U.S. Air Force C-17 airlifter. Workers will fuel the…

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