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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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Valor Website now includes pre-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients

Posted  March 1, 2013

The names of Medal of Honor recipients recognized for their battlefield valor before Sept. 11, 2001, now are listed on the Defense Department’s valor website, Pentagon officials announced Feb. 28. “Recognizing our brave men and women for their heroic actions is one of the most important things we can do as a department,” said Vee…

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Health & Safety

Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted  March 1, 2013

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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Lockheed Martin powers on the first GPS III satellite

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Forceís next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has turned on power to the system module of the programís first spacecraft, designated GPS III Space Vehicle One (SV-1). The milestone is a key indication the team is on track to deliver the first satellite for launch availability…

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Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contracts to being work on next set of GPS III satellites

Posted  March 1, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin two fixed-price contracts totaling $120 million to procure long lead parts for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth next generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of…

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Northrop Grumman delivers first communications payload for U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System

Posted  March 1, 2013

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of two protected communications payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System that will provide continuous coverage in the north polar region for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical military communications. The extremely high frequency payload leverages protected communications technologies the company developed for the…

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Salutes & Awards

Senior master sergeant-select list release

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Air Force released the list of 1,367 master sergeants selected for promotion to senior master sergeant today. To see the list, go to http://www.afpc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130228-007.pdf. Those selected represent 10.65 percent of the 12,834 eligible, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Selectees will be able to access their scores in the virtual MPF via the secure…

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Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles Kings light the lamp for STEM education curing National Engineers Week

Posted  March 1, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Los Angeles Kings television color commentator Jim Fox skates with a student at Northrop Grumman’s “Science of Hockey” event held Feb. 22 during National Engineers Week in El Segundo, Calif. Using Newton’s three laws of motion to explain how hockey players are able to quickly stop and pass the puck, shoot a…

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Air Force suspends military tuition assistance

Posted  March 15, 2013

In the wake of sequestration, the Air Force officially suspended military tuition assistance March 11. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announced the Air Force has officially suspended military TA for the remainder of fiscal 2013. The program will continue to be evaluated to determine the way ahead in fiscal 2014. The Defense Department’s…

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Airman of the Year receives local city’s certificate of recognition

Posted  March 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Joe Juarez SrA. Levi Mburu (left) receives a certificate of recognition from Hermosa Beach Mayor, Patrick Bobko, during a council meeting March 12, 2013. Mburu was selected as the Airman of the Year for Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, Calif.

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Air Force to implement force structure changes

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in the…

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