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Transforming space conference launched

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Space and Missile Systems Center was at the forefront in helping to launch the inaugural transforming space conference held Dec. 1-2 in Los Angeles.

Jointly sponsored by the California Space Authority and the California Space Education and Workforce Institute, Inc., the “Transforming Space: California Innovation, Infrastructure and Intellectual Capital” conference highlighted the state’s tremendous accomplishments in the three sectors of space – national security, civil and commercial and space-related education.

As the morning keynote speaker, SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel explained the center’s 50-year legacy of mission success and innovative development of critical U.S. space assets to several hundred conference attendees. He stressed the unique and continual bond, vision, culture and partnership of government and industry working together to forge and transform our country’s role in space in the 21st century.

Five SMC program directors participated in the panel, entitled “SMC: Tranformation Epicenter,” that immediately followed. Moderated by former retired SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Eugene Tattini, Jet Propulsion Laboratory deputy director, the panelists included Brig. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, MILSATCOM Joint Program Office program director; Col. Edward Bolton, Satellite and Launch Control Systems Office materiel wing director; Col. Allen Ballenger, Navstar GPS Joint Program Office program director; Col. James Painter, Development and Transformation director; and Col. James Haywood, Space Superiority materiel wing director.

Each director provided an update and status on the key programs in each of their respective areas and fielded questions at the end of the panel presentations.