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Air Force Space Command History

   On Sept. 1, 1982, the Air Force established Air Force Space Command, with
   space operations as its primary mission. During the Cold War, space operations focused on
   missile warning, launch operations, satellite control, space surveillance and command and
   control for national leadership. In 1991, Operation Desert Storm validated the command's
   continuing focus on support to the warfighter. The Space Warfare Center, now named the
   Space Innovation and Development Center, was created to ensure space capabilities
   reached the warfighters who needed it. ICBM forces joined AFSPC in July 1993.

   In 2001, upon the recommendation of the Space Commission, the Space and Missile
   Systems Center joined the command. It previously belonged to Air Force Materiel
   Command. AFSPC is currently the only Air Force command to have its acquisition arm with 
   the command. In 2002, also on a recommendation from the Space Commission, AFSPC was assigned its own four-star commander after previously sharing a commander with U.S. Space Command and NORAD.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the president directed military action against Afghanistan and Iraq. AFSPC provided extensive space-based support to the U.S. Center Command commander in areas of communications; positioning, navigation and timing; meteorology; and warning. IN 2005, the Air Force expanded its mission areas to include cyberspace. In concert with this, the Air Staff assigned responsibility for conducting cyberspace operations to AFSPC through Twenty-fourth Air Force, which was activated in August 2009.

In order to reinvigorate the Air Force's nuclear mission, Headquarters U.S. Air Force activated Air Force Global Strike Command to consolidate all nuclear forces under one command. Along with this, AFSPC transferred its ICBM forces to the new command in December 2009.

In July 2018, the Air Force cyber mission transferred to Air Combat Command, which generated the greatest capacity for an integrated Information Warfare capability within the Air Force. This move allowed AFSPC to focus on gaining and maintaining space superiority and outpacing its adversaries in the space domain.

Air Force Space Command Facts

Air Force Space Command, activated Sept. 1, 1982, is a major command with headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. AFSPC provides military focused space capabilities with a global perspective to the joint warfighting team.

Mission
Provide resilient and affordable space capabilities for the Air Force, Joint Force and the Nation.

Vision
Innovate, Accelerate, Dominate

Priorities
1. Build Combat Readiness
2. Innovate and Accelerate to Win
3. Develop Joint Warfighters
4. Organize for Sustained Success

People
More than 26,000 space professionals worldwide.

Organization

Fourteenth Air Force is located at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and provides space capabilities for the joint fight through the operational missions of spacelift; position, navigation and timing; satellite communications; missile warning and space control.

The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., designs and acquires all Air Force and most Department of Defense space systems. It oversees launches, completes on-orbit checkouts and then turns systems over to user agencies. It supports the Program Executive Office for Space on the Global Positioning, Defense Satellite Communications and MILSTAR systems. SMC also supports the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, Defense Meteorological Satellite and Defense Support programs and the Space-Based Infrared System.

AFSPC major installations include: Schriever, Peterson and Buckley Air Force Bases in Colorado; Los Angeles and Vandenberg Air Force Bases in California; and Patrick AFB in Florida. AFSPC manages many smaller installations and geographically separated units in North Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii and across the globe.

Space Capabilities

Spacelift operations at the East and West Coast launch bases provide services, facilities and range safety control for the conduct of DOD, NASA and commercial launches. Through the command and control of all DOD satellites, satellite operators provide force-multiplying effects -- continuous global coverage, low vulnerability and autonomous operations. Satellites provide essential in-theater secure communications, weather and navigational data for ground, air and fleet operations and threat warning.

Ground-based radar, Space-Based Infrared System and Defense Support Program satellites monitor ballistic missile launches around the world to guard against a surprise missile attack on North America. Space surveillance radars provide vital information on the location of satellites and space debris for the nation and the world. Maintaining space superiority is an emerging capability required to protect U.S. space assets. With a readiness rate above 99 percent, America's ICBM team plays a critical role in maintaining world peace and ensuring the nation's safety and security.

Resources 

AFSPC acquires, operates and supports the Global Positioning System, Defense Satellite Communications Systems Phase III, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, Defense Support Program and the Space-Based Infrared System Program. AFSPC currently operates the Delta II, Delta IV and Atlas V launch vehicles. The Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles comprise the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, which is the future of assured access to space. AFSPC's launch operations include the Eastern and Western ranges and range support for all launches, including the space shuttle on the Eastern Range. The command maintains and operates a worldwide network of satellite tracking stations, called the Air Force Satellite Control Network, to provide communications links to satellites. 

Ground-based radars used primarily for ballistic missile warning include the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, PAVE Phased Array Warning System and Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack radars. The Maui Optical Tracking Identification Facility, Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System, Passive Space Surveillance System, phased-array and mechanical radars provide primary space surveillance coverage. New transformational space programs are continuously being researched and developed to enable AFSPC to stay on the leading-edge of technology. 


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CYCLE WINDOW FOR EQUAL OSR/CMM IS OPEN The CONUS to CONUS Assignment program has expanded for the April 2019 assignment cycle to include eligible First-Term Airmen and Security Forces Airmen. From April 16 – 26, these Airmen may now request an assignment between CONUS locations, provided they are otherwise eligible: • First-Term Airmen who have a Career Job Reservation and have been selected for reenlistment • Career Airmen who have at least 48 months’ time on station as of August 2019 • Airmen in the Security Forces career field (3P) AFPC sent targeted messages to all eligible Airmen that included cutoff dates and links for application submission. CONUS assignment requests will be considered in the following priority order: Overseas Returnees-OSR, CONUS Mandatory Movers-CMM and then CONUS volunteers. These programmatic changes do not include nor affect any other assignment programs at this time, nor will they impact Battlefield Airman (now Special Warfare Airmen) or Enlisted Aircrew. Additionally, Airmen eligible to apply for the CONUS assignment program should continue to use the virtual Military Personnel Flight assignment preference application. Visit #AFPC #AirForce #BOP" target="_blank">https://www.afpc.af.mil/Assignment/Base-of-Preference-Program/ for details and FAQs. #AFPC #AirForce #BOP</a>
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