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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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My educational journey: Inspiration for education started with my mother

Posted  October 12, 2012

My mother and I moved from Colombia, South America, to Florida when I was five years old. I was raised in a family where our financial status was well below average, but I was always taught by my mother the importance of education and seizing an opportunity when it presented itself. “Chances are, if you…

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2012 Football Frenzy underway at AF clubs

Posted  November 9, 2012

Four airmen have already reaped the rewards of their Air Force club membership, and with free tickets in hand they and their guests will spend Veterans Day weekend in the Big Easy where the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to game tickets, as winners of the first Football Frenzy 2012 drawing,…

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Wargaming America to bring history alive with virtual ship battles aboard USS Iowa

Posted  June 22, 2012

The USS Iowa battleship made its final voyage to its new home in the Port of Los Angeles last week and Wargaming America has been hard at work creating virtual battle scenarios for future USS Iowa visitors...

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Second Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes first flight

Posted  June 22, 2012

The Air Force’s unmanned, reusable space plane landed in the early morning of June 16 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., a successful conclusion to a record-setting test-flight mission that began March 5...

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Air Force leaders issue Independence Day message

Posted  July 3, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy...

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Integrity always

Posted  July 6, 2012

A lot has been written throughout the years about Air Force Core Values, and the importance of not only knowing, but living them. This is a popular topic of professional military education graduations, special events and commentary articles. However, continuous discussion of some foundational topics is important, especially when such repetition helps to highlight the…

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Does the EPR need a bailout?

Posted  July 6, 2012

What do enlisted performance reports, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have in common? They suffer from bad brand name recognition. So, what should we do? Bailout our EPR system? We could rename the EPR. How about Yearly Evaluation Report or YER? A name change has worked for some, but then again the culture still…

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I am an American Airman: I will not fail!

Posted  July 6, 2012

Early in my Air Force career, I overheard an NCO say, “The only tradition in the Air Force is constant change.” I should clarify that he more grumbled it than said it. I remember thinking how odd of an expression that was, and how the…

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Marathon slots available through charity partners

Posted  July 6, 2012

Time is running out for runners still wanting to register for the sold-out Air Force Marathon. Through one of the Marathon’s eight Charity Partners, slots for the full and half marathon are still available until July 13. “This is a great way to still get in the race and do something that gives back to…

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Northrop Grumman-built sunshield on NASA’s Webb Telescope meets fabrication, test milestones

Posted  July 6, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The preflight test layers of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sunshield are meeting expected performance targets during tests by engineers at Northrop Grumman. The company is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft. One of the…

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