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Los Angeles Air Force Base is the home of Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center -- the "birthplace" of U.S. Air Force's ballistic missile and military space program. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., SMC is the Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.

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RIAT 2018 Recap - Another Successful Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Thank you to all of our special guests and aeronautics fans for joining the 501st CSW and RAF in celebrating the Royal Air Force's 100th year anniversary. For more photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157697433861941
#Pathfinders, A recent grass fire near one of our military family housing areas served as a reminder about fire safety. Though no individuals were hurt, it’s always important to know how to reach the various fire departments across the 501st. We've had unbelievably warm and dry weather these last four weeks. However, with it came the increased risk for fire. Monitor your BBQ grills and fire pits closely. Ensure cigarettes are extinguished and disposed of properly, not flicked into grass or out of a car window. Be vigilant if you burn your yard debris. A moment of carelessness can quickly get out of hand and put you, your family, and others at risk. Take a moment to inspect your home fire extinguisher. If you don't have one, local hardware stores carry them for £12-£25 based on bottle size. Also, ensure you and your family know how to reach the on and off base fire departments in the event of an emergency. If you’re not sure, you can visit the 501st Phone Directory at www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/Contact-Us/Phone-Directory. Enjoy the fantastic summer weather and be safe! From your 501st Combat Support Wing Fire and Emergency Services Flights
Today was the last day of the fantastic #RIAT18! The weekend was three nonstop days of airpower displays by the United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, and many other NATO partners, allied nations, and others from around the world. We'll see you all again next year at RAF Fairford for #RIAT19! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa The Royal International Air Tattoo AFN Europe Royal Air Force
The 501st Combat Support Wing supported more than 170,000 people from around the world for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, July 13 to 15. 501st CSW personal stood up and manned a fully operational Emergency Operations Team, provided meals and housing for volunteers working at RIAT and ran security for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. To read more click the link below: http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1575134/riat-2018-showcases-f-35a-us-uk-relations/
The past two days of #RIAT18 showcased incredible airpower, international partnership and the unique bond between the U.S. and the U.K. As the sun rises over the third and final day, we're #ready to see what's in store. #AirTattoo | U.S. European Command (EUCOM) | United States Air Force | U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa | U.S. Embassy London | The Royal International Air Tattoo
The skies are heating up at #RIAT18! RAF Fairford played host to impressive aerial displays celebrating the 100th birthday of the RAF and the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa AFN Europe The Royal International Air Tattoo Royal Air Force United States Air Force
American airpower is on display at #RIAT18! The F-35A Lightning II lit up the skies above RAF Fairford on Day 1 of RIAT! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa AFN Europe
#Pathfinders, Please be advised of the demonstrations surrounding London July 12-14 and be cautious of the potential for delays and protests. Additionally, please plan ahead for potential delays in the area surrounding Blenheim Crescent. Continue to monitor STEP notifications and social media for more updates as they come.
Good afternoon! If you're planning to attend #RIAT18, please heed the message below about fire safety. Remember, no smoking on grass areas and no BBQs. Please make sure to dispose of any smoking materials appropriately. It looks like we'll have warm weather this weekend, so don't forget to bring sunscreen and stay hydrated for the best possible experience. See you soon!
RAF Fairford is about to get busy - just the way we like it! Stay tuned for all the up-close #RIAT18 action this weekend. ✈️
The 501st is crushing it on the Alpha Warrior rig right now! 💪👊
Lt. Col. Christopher Lovett relinquished command of the 426th Air Base Squadron to Lt Col. Shawn Beskar during the Change of Command Ceremony at Stavanger, Norway, July 6, 2018. To read more about the CoC please click the links below: http://www.jwc.nato.int/index.php/jwcmedia/news-archive/684-426th-air-base-squadron-changes-command http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569373/426abs-change-of-command/
It's here! RAF Alconbury's 4th of July celebration is happening tonight, fireworks and everything. We'll see you out there!
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Mathew Ramstack for taking command of the 422nd Air Base Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
Congratulations to Maj. Chin Hsu for taking command of the 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Robert Heil for taking command of the 422nd Medical Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
The 423rd Air Base Group is hosting a Bone Marrow Donors Recruitment Drive June 25 to 29. See the attached photo for more details.
RAF Alconbury - Civic Leader Tour: Civic leaders from across the districts of Cambridgeshire, East Northamptonshire and Fenland visited with members of the 423rd Air Base Group and U.S. mission partners, where they had the opportunity to build on relations and learn more about the 501st Combat Support Wing mission. A special thanks to all of the civic leaders for making it a memorable visit. For more photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157670323178788
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Olexis Perez for taking command of the 422nd Communications Squadron!
RT @US_Stratcom: RT @usairforce: It took a lot of teamwork to get here! Watch the first #GPSIII launch #LIVE starting at 9:11 a.m. EST at h…
RT @SpaceX: New T-0 of 9:34 EST, 14:34 UTC, to account for upper level winds. Launch webcast will go live about 15 minutes before liftoff →…
RT @SpaceX: Falcon 9 and GPS III SV01 are vertical on Pad 40 in Florida. Vehicle and weather are go for tomorrow’s 26-minute launch window,…
SMC acquired the launch services and will be providing mission assurance for this NRO mission. https://t.co/Hs0DyrUvg0
RT @LockheedMartin: Sleep tight #GPSIII. Tomorrow morning, the next chapter of your journey begins with a ride on @SpaceX‘s Falcon 9. https…
RT @NatReconOfc: #NROL71 is scheduled for launch tomorrow, Dec. 18 @ 5:57 p.m. PST/ 8:57 p.m. EST. Join us for live coverage beginning at 5…
RT @apollo_50th: Apollo 8 at Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center today. Apollo 8 stands between the mobile service structure on the right and the…
RT @VP: Just landed in Cape Canaveral to watch @usairforce launch the FIRST @LockheedMartin GPS III satellite aboard a @SpaceX Falcon 9 & m…
Normally launching from the same coast or using the same provider would be a limiting factor. In this case, we are… https://t.co/2CF0gvQG9X
If all goes according to plan, tomorrow will be 1st time that the Air Force has launched two EELV NSS missions on t… https://t.co/O7qAYcS7EX
The director of the GPS Directorate, Col. Steven Whitney, says his team is ready! #readyforliftoff 🚀🛰… https://t.co/JqbyJPu15l
SPACEX Falcon 9 goes vertical carrying the U.S. Air Force GPS III SV01 in preparation for launch Dec. 18 from Cape… https://t.co/Pihw2bqYw0
SPACEX Falcon 9 goes vertical carrying the U.S. Air Force GPS III SV01 in preparation for launch Dec. 18 from Cape… https://t.co/mt9mYO8pnT
The Director of the GPS Directorate, Col. Steven Whitney, tells us a little bit about the new GPS III SV01 that lau… https://t.co/PCBHTjMhcs
NROL-71 is on track for tomorrow’s planned launch. https://t.co/X4beXRvAO8
Team members from the GPS directorate are preparing for the GPS III SVO1 launch. In keeping with SMC 2.0 mantra, th… https://t.co/IlXWoUql71
Members from SMC's Launch Enterprise and Global Positioning Systems directorate staff the consoles for the final mi… https://t.co/mVP6CoIB8u
Two launches are scheduled this week including 1st GPS III aboard a Falcon 9 and NROL-71 aboard a Delta IV Heavy. B… https://t.co/VI5bIw59Xo
Fingers crossed for a SMC launch doubleheader on Tuesday with both east and west coast launches planned.… https://t.co/tmVJwx6Y8U
RT @AFSpace: Tuesday’s GPS III launch @45th Space Wing marks many firsts. For one thing, it’s @SpaceX’s first national security space laun…

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