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The Space and Missile Systems Center, a subordinate unit of Air Force Space Command, is the center of technical excellence for developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining military space systems. SMC's mission is to deliver resilient, affordable and sustainable space capabilities. The center is responsible for on-orbit check-out, testing, sustainment and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems. 

SMC's portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks; space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.

SMC is headquartered at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo, Calif. The center employs an estimated 6,300 people including military, civilians and contractors at LAAFB and other locations worldwide.

Los Angeles AFB is the only active duty military installation in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, and offers services to eligible base personnel, retirees, service members from all branches and their families.

AFSPC Mission and Vision

AFSPC Vision
Global Access, Persistence and Awareness for the 21st Century

AFSPC Mission
Provide Resilient and Affordable Space and Cyberspace Capabilities for the Joint Force and the Nation

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Finding your next adventure! The 423rd FSS Outdoor Recreation hosted a three-day excursion to northern Wales to hike the second highest peak in the United Kingdom, Mt. Snowdon. During this event, members of the 501st community had the opportunity to learn form experienced mountaineers, explore the local town, and enjoy the natural beauty of North Wales. Whether you want to take a break from the daily hustle-and-bustle of work, or you want to explore the beautiful outdoors the United Kingdom has to offer; contact your local military outdoor recreation for your next adventure!
"Do you remember Corporal Radar O’Reilly from M*A*S*H? He went from being 'wet behind the ears' to a connected net-worker who kept his unit supplied. A network can help you solve problems, provide perspective, teach you new things, support your efforts, inform you of new opportunities, celebrate your success, give you feedback and help you relieve stress." To read Ms. Tracy Snider's commentary about Professional Networking and your future please click the link below: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/Article/1818744/professional-networking-and-your-future/
The Air Force's birth year is 1947, but Air Force history started long before that. The Doolittle Raiders, part of the United States Army Air Forces, demonstrated America's resolve and will to win after our setbacks in the earliest months of World War II.
Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Melvina Smith, 8th Air Force command chief, visited Airmen during the U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force in Europe. To read more about the general's visit, please visit the link below: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1814966/8th-air-force-commander-visits-bomber-task-force-in-europe/
The Cherokee proverb 'Battle Between Two Wolves' explores the struggle between opposing elements within us. The ‘Good Wolf’ which represents qualities like kindness, love, humility and truth and The ‘Bad Wolf’ who represents greed, anger, arrogance and dishonesty. Which wolf wins? The one you feed. Janneane Moody, 501st CSW Community Support Coordinator, wrote a commentary about what that proverb means to her. To read the commentary please click the link below: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/Article/1812814/battle-between-two-wolves/
422nd Security Forces Airmen conducted MILO Range Combat Simulator training at RAF Croughton. Purchased using Commander’s Readiness Funds, the Milo system is the squadron’s newest training addition improving response, readiness and awareness. The system includes over 500 interactive branching scenarios with most scenarios being based off real life experiences. To read and see more please click the link below: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1811867/422nd-sfs-utilizes-new-milo-range-combat-simulator/
We asked for your best photos of the #BUFF, and you delivered! Check out these amazing shots of B-52s from Barksdale Air Force Base over the skies of #Fairford. A round of applause to aviation enthusiasts Adrian Male, David Bown, Hugh Sawyer, Kieran Leigh Bregan, Mark Bentley, Mick Westlake and Paul Goldsmith! 👏 #SovereignSkies #BomberTaskForceEurope U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom visited RAF Fairford during the Bomber Task Force deployment March 29. To see photos of the ambassador's visit please click the link below: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2002111911/
We're loving all these photos of the #BomberTaskForce, captured by the many talented aviation photographers here in the #UK. Check out some of their top shots below, taken by Mark Watkins and Duncan Monk. ✈️ Did you spot the mighty #BUFF at Fairford? Send your photos our way via Facebook Messenger for the chance to be featured on our page! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa | Barksdale Air Force Base
"We should first and foremost encourage and promote the inherent strengths that exist within everyone who wears a uniform and endeavors to serve in the defense of this great nation," said Gregory Varoz. To read Mr. Varoz's commentary about Individual Resilience and Organizational Excellence, please click the link below: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/Article/1804248/individual-resilience-and-organizational-excellence/
Members of the 501st CSW who helped support the Bomber Task Force deployment in Europe got to meet the B-52 pilots and toured the aircraft at RAF Fairford, April 2, 2019.
Last Saturday on March 30th, 25 Tigers from the 422nd Communications Squadron took to the streets of Aynho and collected approximately 500 lbs of garbage. The effort was led by Staff Sgt. Dorian Brooks, from our radio shop. Great job!
The 501st CSW inducted local civic leaders as Honorary Commanders at RAF Croughton, March 29. Each member was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Col. Ron Cheatham, 501st CSW Vice Commander. For more photos please click the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157704376286212
U.S. and U.K. military personnel along with RAF Welford base members and local community, honoured the crew of a 101st Squadron Lancaster DV290 that crashed March 31st, 1944. In March 1996 a memorial was constructed in honour of the crew. Annually on the anniversary of the crash, a joint U.S/U.K wreath laying ceremony takes place to remember the crew that perished. To see more photos please click the link below: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2002107886/
RAF Alconbury/Molesworth Community, Bun-D informed AAFES they are terminating their contract, and effective immediately will no longer operate on RAF Alconbury. Neither AAFES nor the 423 ABG had advance notice of this decision. AAFES will bring in another vendor, but this will take some time. They will keep us appraised of their progress. The remaining food options on RAF Alconbury are Subway, the Commissary (sandwiches/salad bar during lunch hours), The Grind, Bowling Center grill, AAFES Troop Store (roller grill) and the rotating food trucks. Also, the Stukeley Inn has started Wednesday lunch buffets on a trial basis. As always thank you for your service! We, along with AAFES and all of our partners & stakeholders are committed to always providing the best possible support to this community, and keeping you informed along the way. v/r Col Bromen
B-52's flying out of RAF Fairford supported our #NATO allies in Norway yesterday!
RT @SpaceX: More photos from last night’s Falcon Heavy launch and landing → https://t.co/095WHX44BX https://t.co/FpzuUliLf0
All satellites are on orbit and have made contact! 🛰👏👏👏 #STP2 #SpaceStartsHere #SMC #SummerofLaunch19
Deployment of 24 satellites aboard the Falcon Heavy was successful! Thank you & congratulations to our partners on… https://t.co/jlPMhHhzEb
8 P-PODs are now deployed and we are on to the next orbit! #STP2 #SMC #SpaceStartsHere #SummerofLaunch19
#ICYMI, check out some photos of the Falcon Heavy taking off for STP-2! #STP2 #SMC #SpaceStartsHerehttps://t.co/mIKrWIEB8Q
RT @johnkrausphotos: Wow, wow, wow! SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launched the STP-2 mission at 2:30am this morning. The two side cores, fl…
RT @SpaceX: First stage entry burn complete. Second stage continuing nominally to geosynchronous transfer orbit
T-25 minutes and counting! STP-2 will launch 24 spacecraft using an IPS into 3 distinct orbits using multiple upper… https://t.co/pN8oienFdD
T-45 minutes! The Falcon Heavy is being filled now with nearly 3 million pounds of super-chilled kerosene and liqui… https://t.co/hHRqqZKCRD
RT @NASA: Coming up at 2am ET: Coverage of the @SpaceX Falcon Heavy with four @NASA_Technology missions on board. With liftoff set for 2:30…
STP-2 is the 1st DoD mission to use @SpaceX's Falcon Heavy & the 1st DoD mission to leverage previously flown rocke… https://t.co/RD34BeFBKb
RT @NASA_Orion: The abort test booster, a refurbished Peacekeeper missile provided by @AF_SMC and @northropgrumman, will lift Orion's Launc…
RT @SpaceX: Targeting T-0 of 2:30 a.m. EDT for Falcon Heavy launch of STP-2; team completed additional ground system checkouts. Vehicle and…
RT @AFSpace: Today is LAUNCH day! The @DeptofDefense Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission, managed by @AF_SMC, is targeting launch at 11:30…
We are getting excited for #STP2 to kick off our #SummerofLaunch19 tonight! Launch window opens at 11:30 pm EDT! Ch… https://t.co/UdZofh2iBH
RT @ulalaunch: LAUNCH ALERT: The launch of the #AtlasV #AEHF5 is delayed due to a vehicle battery failure discovered during final processin…

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Los Angeles AFB Operator:
(310) 653-1110
LAAFB Base Locator:
(310) 653-3080
ID Card Customer Support:
(310) 653-6556 
(310) 653-5114

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(310) 653-5787 
(310) 653-5664

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