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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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Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day! It marks the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees all American women the right to vote 100 years ago.
Happy #FairfordFriday! This week's history tidbit has to do with the mighty British-built #Concorde ‘002’, which made its maiden voyage from Filton to RAF Fairford in early 1969. The momentous 22-minute flight was piloted by Brian Trubshaw and John Cochrane. Emerging from the cockpit at Fairford, Brian Trubshaw remarked ‘It was wizard – a cool, calm and collected operation’. For the next two and a half years, there was an extensive development programme at RAF Fairford, enabling it to quickly achieve Mach 2 flight – twice the speed of sound. #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
You've heard of #USAFEGRIT by now. You've heard our senior leaders discuss its importance. But how are our Airmen being personally impacted by #GRIT, and how is it connecting Airmen to each other and to the mission? “Operation GRIT is something that needs to be taken outside of the training environment and be applied daily in and out of the work center,” said Staff Sgt. Laura Gonzalez, 501st Combat Support Wing Emergency Management specialist. ”It will help Airmen, but only if the principles and concepts are actively applied and not just a soundbite. Each and every Airman is a leader, which the Air Force needs now more than ever. It takes actions, not a title, to be a leader.” Gonzalez stays #resilient through maintaining balance mentally, spiritually, and physically, focusing on controlling the things she can control, and practicing daily gratitude. Thanks for sharing your perspective! #LightTheWay U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of sitting down with our new 501st CSW Command Chief, CMSgt Dan Keene and his wife, Tina, for an interview as part of our new Leader Talk series. Check out the interview below and watch for our next interview with Col. Jason Schmidt, 501st CSW Vice Commander. #LeaderTalk #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Say hello and congratulations to our newest Airman Leadership School graduates! These Airmen advanced to the next level of their professional military education with flying colors last Friday and are #ready to take on new challenges and responsibilities in the wing. #LightTheWay grads! - Col Wendt Staff Sgt. Esteban Sereseres Senior Airman Brandon Shippee Senior Airman Adam Theriault Senior Airman Garret Gosselin Senior Airman Noah Klink Senior Airmen Scott Marvin (Distinguished Graduate 🌟) Senior Airman Damian Monreal
Congratulations to all of our MSgt Selects! Last Friday, we celebrated their induction into the SNCO tier. Also, a large thank you to everyone that made this event such a success. To view more photos from the ceremony, please click the link below. https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157710412319781
Welcome to #FairfordFridays, where we'll share a little bit of Fairford's storied history each week in honor of the base's 75th anniversary. Did you know that 54 years ago, the beloved RAF Red Arrows formed at RAF Fairford? The Royal Air Force’s world famous aerobatic team started life in the Cotswolds in 1965. They performed their first display there, and were based at the Gloucestershire airfield until moving just up the road a year later to RAF Kemble in 1966. Stay tuned for more next Friday 😎 #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
Yesterday marked the official start to a unique new program at the 422 Air Base Group. Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Elder, Staff Sgt. Stevens and Senior Airman Diaz, who have been selected to participate in the Brackley Town Council Mayor's Cadet Programme! This is the first time U.S. Visiting Forces in the 501st Combat Support Wing have been given this unique opportunity to serve the commuity of Brackley. The chosen cadets will proudly represent the U.S. military by accompnaying the Mayor at civic and community events throughout the year. We look forward to the start of a unique and lasting partnership! #LightTheWay #StrongPartners Photo credit: Brackley Town Council
Here’s a lesson that CMSAF Wright had to share about making mistakes and being there for our fellow Wingman. #USAFEGRIT
A big shoutout to our 420th Munitions Airmen for their participation in the 2nd annual USAFE Combat Ammunition Production Exercise in Aviano Air Base, Italy last week. Way to represent a Championship Team! #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Had a great day with the 421st Air Base Squadron at RAF Menwith Hill! Thanks to our amazing Pathfinders we’ve visited all 7 of our Main Operating Bases in the first 3 weeks…no surprise, across the wing our team is doing amazing things. Looking forward to many more opportunities to see our Airmen in action… incredibly proud to be part of the 501st!! -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
There is an Airman working long hours behind the shadows to protect computer networks from cyberattacks. In his role as the 423rd Communications Squadron's network operations technician, Senior Airman Dorian Stacy works closely with other Air Force coders from RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall, Ramstein Air Base, Germany and more, to find and share solutions that protect our networks, ensuring United States Air Force cybersecurity #readiness. Read more here: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1931604/an-air-force-coders-tale/ #LightTheWay #Pathfinders #AlwaysReady U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
A heartfelt thank you to all the 501st Combat Support Wing #Defenders for keeping us safe! #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
The 501st paid their respects on August 3rd at the re-dedication memorial for the crew of the B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty Bell." The ceremony commemorates the brave men who lost their lives when they crashed near the village of Wymington returning from their mission over Germany 75 years ago. Thank you to the community of Wymington for treating our fallen service members with the same honor and respect as your own. #Pathfinders #LightTheWay #WymingtonRemembers
Today is the 30 day countdown to RAF Fairford's 75th anniversary celebration! RAF Fairford has been utilized by the U.S. Air Force nearly continuously since it was built in 1944 and continues to support the B-52, KC-10, KC-135, B-2, B-1 and other aircraft. We look forward to celebrating the 75th with our RAF counterparts and mission partners! #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Thanks for our Airmen at RAF Fairford and RAF Welford for hosting Chief Keene and I last week. The work you do is incredibly far-reaching - from enabling global strike out of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s only bomber forward operating location to equipping the theatre’s second largest munitions storage facility. It’s great to see the pride you each take in your work on a daily basis. -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Get to know your leadership team! Over the past few weeks, our new wing leadership team visited airmen across the 501st learning the #Pathfinder mission. Now, it's your turn to get to know them. Send us a Facebook message with your questions and we'll select some to ask them in our upcoming #LeaderTalk video series. We'll be accepting questions through the end of the day tomorrow. Ask away! #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk The immersions continue! Chief Keene and I visited with Airmen from the 422nd Air Base Group yesterday at RAF Croughton. This team fuels our mission by delivering worldwide communications, enabling strike operations and developing combat-ready Airmen. Thanks for all you do. -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
@KristiRJensen @AFSpace @SMC_CC @SpaceX Our high quality video can be found at these links: Part 1:… https://t.co/t02hLRWewX
@John7527 @SMC_CC @SpaceX Our high quality video can be found at this link: Part 1: https://t.co/xoSzOlFJuN Part 2: https://t.co/Xzkl8pGr0G
Looking forward to @AF_SMC missions Aerospace Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats and STPSat-4 deploying from @ISS101 in Jan… https://t.co/rjMwg60Ejg
RT @SMC_CC: First ever @usairforce #SpacePitchDay in the books. $22.5M in awards to 30 different #Innovative small businesses! And quick-…
Tune in live at 5pm PT for our closing ceremony! #AFSpacePitchDay #SpaceStartsHere #deftAF #digitalAFhttps://t.co/TtumFcXk0W
Did you miss Day 1 of #AFSpacePitchDay? We are breaking down barriers & creating new partnerships to connect the… https://t.co/rbXVQ5uCs3
RT @usairforce: #USAF presented its first big check at #AFSpacePitchDay. Read on to learn how this small business gained the award for its…
Join us LIVE at 9 a.m. PT from San Francisco for the day 2 opening! #AFSpacePitchDay https://t.co/SZf3hyyeQV
RT @SecAFOfficial: Thanks @AF_SMC for hosting #AFSpacePitchDay! Space is pivotal to national security & our way of life. The #USAF is focus…
@SecAFOfficial joined us for the kickoff of #AFSpacePitchDay! Air Force Space Pitch Day is a two-day event hosted b… https://t.co/JgQB9UJTbw
Tune in live to the Fireside Chat between @SMC_CC and Elon Musk! @SpaceX https://t.co/l6UoyKQBp9
SMC payloads arrive at ISS aboard NASA resupply mission. The Cubesats will deploy in Jan 2020 from the station. https://t.co/o3d7VoGHeO
With $50 million worth of contracts online, small businesses will be pitching their “BIG” space ideas to the Air Fo… https://t.co/NNUJ0iGen5
Join us LIVE at #AFSpacePitchDay from San Francisco! The feed will begin at 9 a.m. PT. #SpaceStartsHere https://t.co/l6UoyKQBp9
Successful launch of @AerospaceCorp Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats headed for the @Space_Station! 🚀🛰 #SpaceStartsHerehttps://t.co/xaMMJEfjQJ
We have liftoff of @AerospaceCorp Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats! Thanks @northropgrumman and @NASA for the ride. Next s… https://t.co/HGPNA4gegT
T-30 minutes until The @AerospaceCorp Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats launch! Be sure to watch the live feed at https://t.co/Zeg7mQJShS 🚀

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