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At the Air Force Innovation Forum in April 2016, Deborah James, former Secretary of the Air Force, identified the need for more rapid acquisition techniques. Specifically, she announced the Open Systems Acquisition approach used by Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) with the Command, Control, Communications,
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Maj. Steven Pugh Warrior of the Week: Maj. Steven Pugh
Directorate: Advanced Systems and DevelopmentDuty title: Program Lead, Space Enterprise PrototypesYears in Service: 13 yearsTime on Station: 19 monthsHometown: Tuscaloosa, AlabamaGoals: Employ a clear, direct way to expeditiously develop space-related prototypes utilizing innovative solutions from broad range of vendors.Hobbies: Family time,
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An Atlas V rocket carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 3 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-41 at 7:42 p.m. EST, Jan 20. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance) 

 
SBIRS GEO Flight 3 Satellite Successfully Launched
The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners, successfully launched the third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite today on an United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 7:42 p.m. EST."The hard work and dedication of the
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The ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9), satellite is transported from the Boeing facility in El Segundo to LAX for delivery via an Air Force C-17 Globe Master, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan, 9.  WGS-9 will provide additional communications capabilities to both U.S. forces and international partners after undergoing final processing, encapsulation, and transport to the launch pad.  (U. S. Air Force photo/ Joseph M. Juarez Sr.) SMC’s ninth WGS satellite arrives in Florida for launch
The USAF Space and Missile Systems Center sponsored ninth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft arrived today at Titusville-Cocoa Airport, Florida. The shipment of WGS-9 marks an important milestone for the launch campaign. WGS-9 will provide additional communications capabilities to both U.S. forces and international partners. “This is a very special
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SBIRS GEO-3 is encapsulated at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 10 preparation for its scheduled Jan. 19 launch. The launch window is scheduled to open at  7:46 p.m., EST. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin) SBIRS GEO Flight 3 is encapsulated
The Air Force’s Space Based Infrared Systems Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight 3 satellite was encapsulated Jan.10 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. This encapsulation event is a significant milestone in GEO Flight 3’s launch process as it marks the satellite’s completion of all major testing milestones prior to launch. GEO Flight 3 is
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Brig. Gen. Mark Baird, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force base, California, addresses the audience attending the 2016 Legacy Panel, hosted by the Secretary of the Air Force Special Projects. Headlining this year’s panel were six retired Air Force officers: from left to right, Lt. Gen. Mike Hamel, Maj. Gen. John Kulpa, Jr., and Cols. William Pailes, Daryl Joseph, Cols. Gary Payton, and Brett Watterson, who discussed the Manned Spaceflight Engineer program, an elite corps of military astronauts specializing in deploying top-secret payloads that the National Reconnaissance Office and Space Division, forerunner of today’s SMC. The annual event offered a unique opportunity to hear from distinguished individuals who have been to space or had a significant impact on military space operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Joseph Juarez, Jr.) Legacy Panel hosts retired pioneers of Manned Spaceflight Engineer program
An appreciative crowd of Space and Missile Systems Center personnel gathered in the Gordon Conference Center of the Schriever Space Complex Dec. 5 for the 2016 Legacy Panel, hosted by the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects Alumni Association. The annual event offered a unique opportunity to hear from distinguished individuals who
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Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, and program executive officer for Space leads the audience in applauding Col. Dennis Bythewood, who assumed command of the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate Dec. 19, during a change of leadership ceremony in the Gordon Conference Center of the Schriever Space Complex at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Van De Ha) Bythewood takes helm of Remote Sensing Systems Directorate
Col. Dennis Bythewood assumed leadership of the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate on Dec. 19, during a change of leadership ceremony in the Gordon Conference Center of the Schriever Space Complex. The event was presided over by Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, and Program Executive Officer for Space. Bythewood
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Volunteers from the Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise Directorate’s Experimental Launch and Test Division based at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico restore a Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile for an exhibit recently unveiled at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History’s Heritage Park. The volunteers spent the past year working on the display during their off-duty time. SMC Volunteers Build Museum of Nuclear Science and History Peacekeeper Exhibit
On Nov. 17, a new Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile exhibit was unveiled at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History’s Heritage Park. This exhibit wouldn’t have been possible without the help of seven volunteers from the Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise Directorate’s Experimental Launch and Test Division
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2016
To assure continued safety, SMC's Rocket System Launch Program conducts periodic static fire tests like the one conducted on a 50-Year Old Minuteman Motor,  Oct. 13. This test was unique because of the age of the motor. 50-Year Old Minuteman Motor Passes Static Fire Test
As part of its mission of storing and maintaining decommissioned solid Intercontinental Ballistic Missile stages, the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Rocket System Launch Program, located at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, routinely conducts robust aging surveillance efforts including conducting static fire tests. However, one recent
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Chief Master Sgt Craig S. Hall, Command Chief Space and Missile Systems Center, right, greets former Laker Brian Cook before they take to the hardwood. Military members of the Los Angeles Air Force Base participated in the Lakers preseason “Hoops for Troops” basketball clinic which was held at the Staple Center in Los Angeles on 11 Oct. 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Van De Ha)

SMC members “Hoop it up” with Los Angeles Lakers
How often do you get a chance to scrimmage with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers?Prior to the start of a preseason game Oct. 11 against the Portland Trailblazers, 50 members from the Space and Missile System Center got that chance. The SMC personnel from Los Angeles Air Force Base here were given the opportunity to receive tips from former Laker
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