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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the†commander of†Air Force Space Command, highlighted…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation continued its record of shipping Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite payload modules ahead of schedule when the fourth arrived Feb. 11, nearly two months early, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor.

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III successfully communicates With GPS constellation

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed, a full-sized, functional GPS III satellite prototype, now at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., recently communicated via cross-links with Air Force flight-like hardware simulators for the GPS IIR, GPS IIR-M, and GPS IIF satellites, which make up the bulk of the current GPS satellite…


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Salutes & Awards

SMC annual award winners announced

Posted  March 11, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jim Gordon The SMC Annual Award winners pose for a group photo at the Awards Banquet, March 1. The Space and Missile Systems Center annual awards were presented at a March 1 banquet on base. Awards were presented in 15 individual and team categories. In base-wide message announcing the winners, Maj….

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SMC commander addresses base

Posted  March 11, 2013

Air Force photograph by Joe Juarez Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, SMC commander, addresses the base work force, Feb. 28. The general spoke about the state of SMCís commitments and addressed the fiscal year 2013 budget uncertainty.

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Air Force extends Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transfer phase-in period

Posted  March 15, 2013

Some airmen will be able to transfer all or a portion of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their family members without incurring a four-year active duty service commitment thanks to a program phase-in extension implemented this month. When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable airmen nearing…

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Health & Safety

SMC/LR’s safety team wins Space Command Space Crew of Distinction Award

Posted  March 1, 2013

“Managing space debris is part of the National Space Policy,” said Capt. Raymond Scholz, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle System Safety Manager. In a world where the benefits of space permeate almost every facet of our lives, we must manage to keep that environment as clean and as safe as possible, he explained. Among many significant…

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Panetta issues message to DOD workforce on sequestration

Posted  March 1, 2013

With major, across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 20 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the secretary’s message: For more than a year and a half, the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns…

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2012 climate survey shows overall satisfaction with jobs, leaders

Posted  February 22, 2013

Air Force graphic by Angel Herrero de Frutos More than 163,000 airmen across the Air Force voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey conducted May 11-June 22, with results indicating airmen are satisfied with unit performance and trust their leaders, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Feb. 19. Conducted every two years,…

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Local

Edwards Exchange offers pricing parity

Posted  March 1, 2013

Whether service members are here at Edwards, on exercise or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally. “While price differentiations can occur…

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Annual Scouting award nominees sought

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Air Force is accepting nominations for the 5th Annual Scouting Salutes the Military Award, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. Sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, the award recognizes an enlisted member, grade E-4 through E-6, from each branch of the military who has either displayed outstanding military service, performed a heroic…

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CSAF discusses impact of sequester

Posted  March 1, 2013

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III greets Rep. C.W. Bill Young, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, before testifying on Capitol Hill, Feb. 26, 2013. During his testimony, Welsh talked about the negative impacts sequestration and a full-year continuing resolution would have…

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Commentary

When did your leadership light bulb come on?

Posted  March 1, 2013

In November 1992, a new chief master sergeant was assigned to my squadron. It caught all of our units’ Airmen by surprise that the new chief decided to move into the office adjacent to the bathrooms when there were much better locations behind “the glass doors.” One early afternoon, I walked into the bathroom and…

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