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  • Colorado Air National Guard space warriors fight COVID-19

    Since Colorado Gov. Jared Polis activated the Colorado National Guard to join the fight against COVID-19 March 10, 2020, space warriors of the 233rd Space Group have been on the front lines, assisting civil authorities and augmenting critical space missions.More than 10 percent of the Colorado Air National Guard’s space force has stepped in to help
  • SMC’s Capt. Vowell wins USSF level 2020 Col. Jabara Award for Airmanship

    Capt. Benjamin Vowell from Space and Missile Systems Center Special Programs has been awarded the US Space Force 2020 Col. Jabara Award for Airmanship as the top nominee, a first under the newly established United States Space Force. The Jabara Award for Airmanship was first awarded in 1968 and was established by the family of Col. James Jabara,
  • AFIMSC swift action enables Air, Space Force to meet COVID-19 challenges

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is leading the effort to keep installations mission ready as the Air and Space Force continue operations while contending with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Space Force welcomes first academy graduates to its ranks

    Eighty-six graduates from the United States Air Force Academy celebrated receiving their diplomas April 18 and moved directly into the U.S. Space Force, marking the first infusion of commissioned personnel into the new service since its creation last year.
  • Air Force Academy prepares for historic graduation

    In a ceremony combining established, solemn ritual with new, medically necessary protocols, 967 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets will graduate April 18, launching careers in the Air and Space Forces as second lieutenants.
  • Russia tests direct-ascent anti-satellite missile

    U.S. Space Command is aware and tracking Russia’s direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile test April 15. “Russia’s DA-ASAT test provides yet another example that the threats to U.S. and allied space systems are real, serious and growing,” said General John W. “Jay” Raymond, USSPACECOM commander and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations. “The United States is ready and committed to deterring aggression and defending the Nation, our allies, and U.S. interests from hostile acts in space.” Russia’s missile system is capable of destroying satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) and comes on the heels of Russia’s on-orbit testing the U.S. highlighted in February, namely COSMOS 2542 and COSMOS 2543. These satellites, which behaved similar to previous Russian satellites that exhibited characteristics of a space weapon, conducted maneuvers near a U.S. Government satellite that would be interpreted as irresponsible and potentially threatening in any other domain.
  • Undergraduate Space Training evolves to tackle space threats

    The training of new military space operators is evolving to meet the challenges in the space domain.  A revamped initial skills training course now gives new space warfighters an early advantage in being ready to meet the unique demands of operating satellites and other space systems in a contested, degraded and operationally limited space
  • Mission assured; the mission continues

    Across the many units and flights at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Airmen continue to accomplish the mission to provide assured access to space. While each unit at Vandenberg AFB is important to the mission, there is only one that can provide mission assurance to Atlas and Delta launches: the Mission Assurance Flight within the 2nd Space Launch Squadron.
  • Space Force aids USNS Mercy, USNS Comfort’s COVID-19 relief efforts

    The 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, operates both the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communications system and the Wideband Global SATCOM satellite communications system, both of which play a vital role in the nation’s COVID-19 relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman Amanda Lovelace)
  • Space and Missile Systems Center awards $35 million Space Test Program launch service contract

    The U.S. Space Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise, today awarded a $35 million task order to VOX Space, LLC of El Segundo, California, for the Space Test Program-S28 (STP-S28) launch service.  This is the first task
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