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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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Airman of the Year receives Hermosa Beach certificate of recognition

Posted  March 29, 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. SrA 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,…

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Squadron, group command application process underway

Posted  March 29, 2013

Development teams from various Air Force specialties will convene between May and September to consider eligible officers for 2014 squadron command and deputy maintenance and deputy mission support group commander positions, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. Suspense dates for statements of intent vary depending on position and career field. Interested officers should go…

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DOD looks at funding’s effect on personnel, programs

Posted  March 29, 2013

Defense Department officials are looking at the recently signed continuing resolution that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year to discern how the legislation affects personnel and programs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 27. The legislation may mean fewer furlough days for defense civilian employees. “The full range of options…

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SecDef says furlough days reduced for civilians

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 29. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will be…

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MilPDS upgrade complete

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Air Force has successfully upgraded and transferred the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. We’re pleased that the MilPDS upgrade took less time than anticipated, and we are well on our way to getting information updated in the system,î…

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ORS now aligned under SMC

Posted  March 29, 2013

Air Force photograph The Operationally Responsive Space Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., conducted a video conference assumption of leadership ceremony March 7, with Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif., presiding by video teleconference to install Col. John Anttonen as the ORS…

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Nominations accepted for Portraits in Courage

Posted  March 29, 2013

Now through May 1, nominations are being accepted and reviewed for Portraits in Courage, Vol. 8. “Portraits in Courage is a Chief of Staff initiative designed to tell airmen’s stories of courage, valor, and heroism. Our Airmen do the impossible every day. These narratives embody our warrior ethos and personify the Air Force Vision. There’s…

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May, June boards consider medical officers for command

Posted  April 5, 2013

Medical officers will be considered for command when five medical corps boards convene in May and June, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Although the first board is not scheduled until mid- to late-May, commander or equivalent-endorsed statements of intent must arrive at AFPC by April 26, so interested officers should not delay, said Master…

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Air Force migrates civilian personnel records to OPM

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Air Force has migrated Air Force employee electronic official personnel folders to the Office of Personnel Management eOPF version, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 2. The eOPF is a secure, digitized version of a hardcopy personnel folder that contains official human resource records for each federal employee. The system enhances portability of…

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Space mission undergoes restructure, moves to ACC

Posted  April 5, 2013

Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after the April 2 restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and realigning like missions…

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