Air Force Space Command.
Commander: Gen. Lance W. Lord Headquarters: Peterson AFB, Colo.
Command Chief Master Sgt.: Chief Master Sgt. Ronald G. Kriete Established: Sept. 1, 1982 Web address: www.peterson.af.mil/hqafspc
Operates Air Force space and intercontinental ballistic missile systems. Organizes, trains and equips forces to control and exploit the high ground of space. Air Force Space Command has four primary mission areas: space force enhancement, space application, space support and space control.
Provides the land-based ballistic missile portion of the nation's strategic nuclear deterrent forces. Places high-value payloads in space with a variety of expendable launch systems and operates those assets. Provides navigation, communications, ballistic missile warning and intelligence warfighting support. Ensures space superiority by conducting counterspace operations such as surveillance, negation and protection, and space force application. Operates sensors that provide direct attack warning and assessment to North American Aerospace Defense Command A bi-national command of the US and Canada that provides aerospace surveillance, warning and assessment of aerospace attack, and maintains the sovereignty of US and Canadian airspace. Also called NORAD. and U.S. Strategic Command. Develops, acquires, fields and sustains the following systems: Air Force Satellite Control Network The 'Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN)' provides support for the operation, control and maintenance of a variety of DoD and some non DoD satellites. This involves continual execution of the tasks involved in Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C). , Ballistic Missile Early Warning System An electronic system for providing detection and early warning of attack by enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles. Also called BMEWS. , Defense Satellite Communications System Geosynchronous military communications satellites that provide high data rate communications for military forces, diplomatic corps, and the White House. The Defense Satellite Communications System provides long-haul super-high frequency 7/8 gigahertz voice and high data rate , Defense Support Program, Global Positioning System, MILSTAR, Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System, PAVE phased array warning system radar, Minuteman Ill and Peacekeeper ICBMs, Titan II, Titan IV, Delta II, Delta IV, Atlas V and is lead command for the UH-1N Huey.
People Active duty 18,283 Officers 4,826 Enlisted 13,457 AFRC 1,304 Guard 648 Civilians 6,649 Total 26,884
Per year: 8,600
Space and Missile Systems Center Based out of Los Angeles Air Force Base in California, the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) is a part of Air Force Space Command of the United States Air Force. Its mission is to conduct research and development of U.S. military outer space and missile systems. , Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
Space Warfare Center, Schriever AFB, Colo.
14th Air Force, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
I 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colo. (missile warning and space surveillance)
I 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (space launch, UH-1N)
I 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Fla. (space launch and shuttle support)
I 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo. (satellite operations)
I 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo. (missile warning and space surveillance)
20th Air Force, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
I 90th Space Wing, FE. Warren AFB, Wyo. (Minuteman III, Peacekeeper, UH-1N)
I 91st Space Wing, Minot AFB, N.D. (Minuteman III, UH-1N)
I 341st Space Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont. (Minuteman III, UH-1N)