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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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Space Command officials eliminate flight suit, jackets

Posted  April 27, 2012

Air Force Space Command officials announced April 13 that airmen assigned to the command will cease wearing flight suits, the green flight jacket and the A-2 Leather Jacket by the end of the fiscal year. Directed by Gen. William L. Shelton, the AFSPC commander, the move is ...

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New housing website prepares airmen for moving

Posted  April 27, 2012

With the summer moving season just around the corner thousands of airmen and their families can now use a new housing website to help prepare for their move. The website,www.housing.af.mil, provides dormitory information for unaccompanied airmen while detailing housing options…

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Northrop Grumman’s key spacecraft structure for Webb telescope passes design review

Posted  April 27, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope continues to move ahead rapidly, with Northrop Grumman completing engineering design of the structure that supports the sunshield and keeps it aligned. The sunshield support structure has passed its Critical Design Review and is now ready to be manufactured. The structure will hold the sunshield in…

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Northrop Grumman, Space Foundation to create Science Center at Space Foundation headquarters

Posted  April 27, 2012

Northrop Grumman is donating $375,000 to create a science center and teaching lab at the Space Foundation’s Colorado Springs, Colo., world headquarters. To be known as the Northrop Grumman Science Center, the facility will include a Science on a Sphere(TM) laboratory and a teaching facility that will be used for science, technology, engineering and mathematics…

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Officials implement flexibilities for third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  April 27, 2012

As the Air Force continues a civilian workforce restructure through voluntary retirement and separation initiatives, officials have instituted new flexibilities to help minimize the impact of downsizing and workforce shaping. Unlike the previous two rounds, the third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay will allow civilians to fill VSIP-created vacancies…

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VA increases mental health care workforce

Posted  April 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will add approximately 1,600 clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers – as well as nearly 300 support staff, to its existing mental health workforce of 20,590, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced April 19. The staff increase is part of an ongoing review of…

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly of Near Infrared Camera for space telescope

Posted  April 27, 2012

Lockheed Martin, under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly of the Near Infrared Camera Instrument Modules. NIRCam is the prime near-infrared imaging instrument for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The work was done at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where environmental testing is about…

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DOD announces new teleworking policy

Posted  April 27, 2012

The Department of Defense announced April 20 a new teleworking policy for the civilian workforce. Changes made to the existing telework policy were prompted by the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 and will help DOD to achieve greater flexibility in managing its workforce through the use of telework. The policy requires the heads of the…

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Self-service requests available for civilians online

Posted  April 27, 2012

Air Force civilians are now able to request updates to their personnel records through an online self-service initiative. Air Force Personnel Center human resources officials here launched an initiative that allows civilians to submit online requests for name change and veterans preference inquiries. Previously, these requests were made by contacting a local civilian personnel office….

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Holocaust survivor shares her “miracle” story

Posted  April 27, 2012

Holocaust survivor Regina Hirsch shared her terrifying experiences and the miracle of survival during the Space and Missile Systems Center Holocaust Observance, April 18 at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The purpose of the observance is to reflect upon and never forget...

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