GSSAP and ANGELS contribute to space neighborhood watch
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental satellite into near-geosynchronous Earth orbit July 23.
The 126th ARW refuels global strike mission
The U.S. Strategic Command's Air Force Global Strike Command's mission relies on the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing for execution.
Strategic Leaders Rise at U.S. Strategic Command
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - The Rising Strategic Leaders (RSL) group, targeted to and facilitated by enlisted ranks E-6 and below, made its debut at U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) May 29.
Hammer time: B-2, B-52 aircrews evaluate combat capability during ACC evaluation
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Several Air Force Global Strike Command B-52H Stratofortresses and B-2 Spirits recently participated in an Air Combat Command evaluation involving the use of live cruise missiles and precision guided munitions.
Strategic Bombers Deploy to Europe to Train, Exercise Capabilities
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Three B-52 Stratofortresses flew to the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) area of operations today to train and integrate with U.S. and allied military forces in the region.
Successful end to U.S. Strategic Command Exercise Global Lightning 14
U.S. Strategic Command conducted its annual exercise Global Lightning 14 from May 12-16 in coordination with other combatant commands, services, and appropriate U.S. government agencies to exercise its ability to deter and detect strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies. Exercise Global Lightning 14 has been in planning for more than a year and was based on a notional scenario.
Air Force official testifies on dangers of 'space junk'
One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem.
Global Lightning 14
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - U.S. Strategic Command will conduct Exercise
Global Lightning 14 from May 12-16 in coordination with other combatant
commands, services, and appropriate U.S. government agencies to deter and
detect strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies.
B-2 with record breaking April
The 509th Bomb Wing set a new record in the month of April for most sorties and hours flown in a single month with 20 operational B-2 Spirits.
67th CW wins Omaha Trophy
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas - Adm. Cecil D. Haney, U.S. Strategic Command commander, presented the Omaha Trophy for global operations to the 67th Cyberspace Wing (CW) May 5 at JBSA-Lackland.
Nimble Titan examines future multinational cooperation opportunities for missile defense
SUFFOLK, Va. -- Twenty-two participating nations and organizations joined forces here in early April to examine political and military operations and policy issues to potential scenarios involving ballistic missile threats 10 years in the future.
Tinker delivers first upgraded B-52
The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex just completed on-time delivery of its first B-52 Stratofortress retrofitted with an upgrade that allows the bomber to meet the digital demands of modern war.
20th AF turns 70
F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- The 20th Air Force, arguably one of the most storied organizations in the U.S. Air Force, hit a new milestone April 4, 2013.
Vandenberg hosts Japan's highest ranking military officer
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japanese Self Defense Forces, visited Vandenberg Air Force Base April 1, 2014.
Long-range Training Flight Exercises Capabilities
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Two B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and two B-2 Spirit bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., recently flew non-stop from their home stations to training ranges in Hawaii to exercise the President's credible and flexible military options to meet national security obligations to the U.S. and its allies. Part of the mission was to conduct coordinated range operations amongst multiple airframes as well as test low approach training capabilities before returning to their bases.
USSTRATCOM Announces 2013 Omaha Trophy Winners
Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, recently announced the 2013 Omaha Trophy winners, an honor awarded annually to military units demonstrating the highest performance standards in USSTRATCOM's mission areas. Selections are based on formal evaluations, meritorious achievement, safety, and other factors such as community involvement and humanitarian actions.
USSTRATCOM's Air Force Command Post Awards Program Winners
Each year, the Air Force honors the outstanding performance and exceptional contributions of Command Post personnel through the Air Force's Command Post Annual Awards Program. This program enhances existing Air Force and organizational recognition programs by distinguishing the "Best of the Best" Command Post personnel operating across the globe.
DOD official discusses nuclear deterrence in Congress
The Defense Department's nuclear deterrent is the ultimate protection for the United States while also assuring distant allies of their security against regional aggression, a senior Pentagon official told Congress March 7.
2013 Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Awards Winners
Each year, the Air Force honors outstanding performance in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions and exceptional contributions to the field of ISR through the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Awards Program (AFISRAP).
New education program enhances civilian leader's skills to support mission
Omaha Neb. - The pristine foyer of Mammel Hall on the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) campus set the stage for the unveiling of a unique educational partnership between U.S. Strategic Command and the University of Nebraska March 1.
USSTRATCOM Leads from the Heartland with CPO 365
Three years ago, then-Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick D. West implemented a Navy-wide initiative known as CPO 365, a phased development and training program designed to prepare first class petty officers (FCPOs) with the training and knowledge essential to becoming a chief petty officer (CPO).
SpaceX Launch Counts Towards EELV Certification
The Air Force Space Command's Space and
Missile Systems Center has determined that the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's (SpaceX) Sept. 29, 2013 launch of its Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle will count toward SpaceX's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) certification.
Schriever squadrons collaborate on successful launch
While GPS Block IIF-5 sat atop a Delta IV rocket Feb. 20 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., the men and women of the 2nd and 19th Space Operations Squadron here were busy preparing for liftoff. These two squadrons epitomize the quintessential relationship between Reserve and regular Air Force organizations that makes a successful total force team.
Security forces members receive 'nuclear-focused' breacher training
About 100 miles northeast of the base here, the Nuclear Security Combat Training Center at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., provides advanced tactics and marksmanship training for security forces members who guard and secure the Air Force's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile force.
Orion Underway Recovery Testing Begins off the Coast of California
About a hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, in the Pacific Ocean, a U.S. Navy ship's well deck filled with water as underway recovery operations began Feb. 18 on a test version of NASA's Orion crew module to prepare for its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1, in September. Orion was undocked from its cradle and allowed to float out to sea.
Bilateral U.S., Japan missile defense exercise promotes security and integration
Personnel from the U.S. military and Japan Self Defense Forces engaged in the week-long Integrated Air and Missile Defense Wargame V here to strengthen ties between the two nations and unite missile defense operations through bilateral training.
Malmstrom missile maintainers successfully install reentry system
Missile maintainers from the 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron successfully removed and installed a new reentry system at an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch facility here.
USSTRATCOM commander visits TACAMO Sailors
"Your mission is important to the United States of America," the commander of U.S. Strategic Command told the Sailors of Strategic Communications Wing 1 here recently.
Training key to missileer readiness
Pulling 24-hour alerts across the 341st Missile Wing's 13,800-square mile missile complex is an around-the-clock responsibility for the missileers here who support the Air Force's nuclear deterrence and assurance mission at the wing's 15 launch control centers and missile alert facilities.
22 SOPS adds new-generation antennas
The 50th Space Wing earned operational acceptance for four of its remote tracking station antennas from Air Force Space Command Jan. 29, signaling the start of full operations for the Air Force's newest satellite communication assets.
JFCC-SPACE, 14th Air Force welcome new commander
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond assumed command of Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force during a ceremony at the Joint Space Operations Center here Jan. 31, 2014.
USSTRATCOM commander instills message of assurance, deterrence for Team Malmstrom
Adm. Cecil D. Haney, U.S. Strategic Command commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, USSTRATCOM senior enlisted leader, visited Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Jan. 30 to meet with Airmen and see what role the 341st Missile Wing plays in the nation's nuclear deterrence and assurance mission.
USSTRATCOM Signs Fifth Data Sharing Agreement
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) signed a new Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data sharing agreement with France's Ministry of Defense (MoD) Jan. 21, 2014.
USSTRATCOM commander discusses Team Barksdale's role in deterrence, assurance campaign
Adm. Cecil D. Haney, U.S. Strategic Command commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, USSTRATCOM senior enlisted leader, visited Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Jan. 23, to get a first-hand look at operations here and to thank the Airmen who carry out the mission.
USSTRATCOM commander spends day being briefed on Sandia's NW mission
The commander of US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) says he has wanted to come to Sandia for years to see firsthand the Labs' nuclear weapons program work and "to connect the dots between the missions, where we are today with the capability, and where we have to be tomorrow."
USSTRATCOM Commences 2014 with Continued Focus on Resilience
Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Adm. Cecil D. Haney met with the Command Resilience Council (CRC) Jan. 7 to discuss the importance of a healthy workforce, resilience initiatives for the command, and making resilience a part of the culture of USSTRATCOM.
USSTRATCOM Signs Space Data Sharing Agreement with Canada's Department of National Defence
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) signed a new Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data sharing agreement with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) Dec. 26, 2013.
B-52 upgrade to increase smart-weapons capacity
Tinker AFB Airmen will update ground maintenance and mission planning software in support of a new Air Force contract that will increase the B-52 Stratofortress's "smart-weapons" capacity by 50 percent.
Winners of 2013 Air Force Information Dominance Awards and General John P. Jumper Awards for Excellence in Warfighting Integration
There were 593 total force nominees competing in 45 award categories for these prestigious awards this year, and these individuals should be commended for their superior performance in providing information dominance to the Air Force and Department of Defense.