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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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DARPA seeks robot enthusiasts (and you) to face off for $2 million prize

Posted  April 13, 2012

As iconic symbols of the future, robots rank high with flying cars and starships, but basic robots are already in use in emergency response, industry, defense, healthcare…

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CSAF: Total force integration key to increased effectiveness

Posted  April 13, 2012

“Total Force Integration allows us to leverage Air Reserve Component experience, improve access to aircraft, encourage retention, and increase total force effectiveness,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz during opening remarks…

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Early retirement offered to select enlisted airmen

Posted  April 13, 2012

Air Force officials announced an application window for targeted early retirements for enlisted airmen. Eligible airmen will have 15-19 years of service in fiscal 2012 and be in the grades of staff sergeant through master sergeant in overmanned career fields. The Temporary Early Retirement Authority application window will be open April 10-30 in order to…

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First spacecraft flight recorder for Webb telescope delivered to Northrop Grumman

Posted  April 13, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The solid-state electronics unit that will capture the James Webb Space Telescope’s science and engineering data has been completed and delivered to Northrop Grumman by its teammate SEAKR Engineering, Inc., Centennial, Colo. “Without science data, there would be no mission, so this is a very important milestone for the Webb program,”…

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Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sites again recognized for excellence in environmental, occupational health, safety management

Posted  April 13, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman announced April 3 its Aerospace Systems sector has earned key distinctions in environmental management and employee health and safety at several locations across the United States. Following careful examination of their environmental management systems, eight sector locations will receive International Organization for Standardization 14001 registration, confirming the sites have…

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Boeing successfully completes parachute drop test of CSTT

Posted  April 13, 2012

Boeing successfully completed a parachute drop test of the company’s Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft April 3 at the Delmar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nev. CST-100 is part of the Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation System, which will provide the United States with the capability to transport people and cargo to the International Space Station, the…

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Hold the line: Truth is hard to hear, but can set you free

Posted  April 13, 2012

As a master sergeant and the newly appointed squadron superintendent, I felt it was important to provide our unit’s airmen with an honest assessment of their performance. Seizing an opportunity, I asked a staff sergeant to come by my office for a chat. The staff sergeant was one of our hardest working NCOs and the…

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Airman shares Dr. Seuss with students

Posted  March 30, 2012

On a Friday afternoon, I had the pleasure of participating in “Read Across America” at the beautiful Hermosa View Elementary School. While waiting at the door for the class to get back from lunch, I was inundated with the intrigued thoughts from passing students, such as: “Are you a soldier? Why are you wearing all…

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Base personnel take part in local Read Across America events

Posted  March 30, 2012

Approximately 20 Los Angeles AFB military and civilian personnel read to students at various schools across the south bay during the annual Read Across America celebration. March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday and most of the events were themed around his stories and held on his actual birthday. This year, base personnel and their family…

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Hold the line on timeless leadership

Posted  March 30, 2012

Before I transferred from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., I had an incentive ride in an F-16. At 15,000 feet, the view of Rogers Dry Lake Bed was surreal. The moment made me reflect on history, and I considered the many changes since the birth of the Air Force in 1947: the advent of personal…

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