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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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Former AFMC commander named TD White Award winner

Posted  November 9, 2012

A former vice chief of staff and commander of Air Force Materiel Command received the Air Force Academy’s Thomas D. White National Defense Award in a ceremony at the Air Force Academy Oct. 25. Retired Gen. Lester Lyles received the award for his involvement with the president’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the Defense Science Board,…

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Staying proficient, staying ready

Posted  November 9, 2012

Airmen typically qualify on their primary weapons before deploying; however some airmen carrying out dangerous duties require follow-on qualifications while downrange. TSgt. Lester Yost and SSgt. Nathan Warren, 451st Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron combat arms training and maintenance specialists, ensure that those airmen remain proficient on their weapons before going outside the wire. “In order…

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Air Force leaders issue Veterans Day message

Posted  November 9, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following Veterans Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: “Our Air Force’s success is founded in the sacrifice of generations who served before….

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Space command convenes accident investigation

Posted  October 26, 2012

Air Force Space Command commander Gen. William Shelton has ordered an Accident Investigation Board to investigate why a Delta IV RL-10B-2 upper stage engine did not perform as expected during the Oct. 4 launch of a GPS IIF satellite. “While the launch was ultimately successful, the time-honored rigor and earnest process of an AIB will…

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Lockheed Martin radar, MILSATCOM programs receive DOD awards

Posted  October 26, 2012

Lockheed Martin has won two of five awards given annually by the Department of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association for excellence in systems engineering. The awards, presented at the NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, are assessed on 2011 performance and recognize effective implementation of systems engineering best practices to achieve program…

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ABG builds morale with spirit run

Posted  October 26, 2012

Members of the 61st Air Base Group, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., participate in a spirit run Oct. 3.  

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month: What is cyber security?

Posted  October 26, 2012

Ok, so it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so what? It’s also (among other observances) Native American Heritage Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Pomegranate Month in the United States. Antioxidants aside, those other two are hugely important and leave me wondering, “What does cyber security even mean and why does it matter?” I’ve…

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SMC hosts Industry Days

Posted  October 26, 2012

Dr. Wanda Austin, Aerospace Corporation president and CEO, moderates an industry panel discussion about meeting new challenges at SMC Industry Days, Oct. 3. Other panel members include Craig Cooning, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems; Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.; Stan Dubyn, Millennium Space Systems; and Tom Wilson, ATK Space Division.     Maj….

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month kicks off

Posted  October 26, 2012

National Disability Employment Awareness Month kicks off with a reading of the presidential proclamation and cake cutting ceremony at the Los Angeles Base Exchange Oct. 1. Left to right: Valerie Robinson, Corey Webber, Capt. Meo McGrath, Nina Smith, Myra Ford, Linda Vanifh, Augustin Velez and Tommy McInnis.  

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Air Force awards Lockheed Martin initial contract for next set of missile warning satellites

Posted  October 26, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin an $82 million contract to begin initial work on the fifth and sixth geosynchronous satellites in the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation. Featuring a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and associated ground hardware and software, the SBIRS program delivers…

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