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Air Force Space Command.

Commander: Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart

Headquarters: Peterson AFB, Colo.

Command Chief Master Sgt: Chief Master Sgt.Kevin D. Estrem

Established: Sept. 1, 1982

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To defend the United States through the control and exploitation of space. The command's professionals are the best missile-space team in the world, making space reliable and routine for the warfighter by continuously improving the command's ability to provide and support combat forces. AFSPC has four primary mission areas: space force support, space control, space force enhancement and space force application.


Places high-value payloads in space with a variety of expendable launch systems and operates those assets. Provides weather, communications, ballistic missile warning and intelligence warfighting support. Prepared to ensure space superiority by conducting counterspace operations such as surveillance, negation and protection, and space force application. Provides the land-based ballistic missile portion of nuclear deterrent TRIAD. Launches and operates MILSTAR. Also operates sensors that provide direct input to NORAD/USSPACECOM for attack warning and assessment to the National Command Authorities of both the United States and Canada. Controls the following: Air Force Satellite Control Network, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, Defense Satellite Communications System, Defense Support Program satellites, Global Positioning System, Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System, NATO III communications satellites, Passive Space Surveillance System, PAVE PAWS radar, Minuteman III and Peacekeeper ICBMs, Delta II, Titan II, Atlas II and Titan IV launch vehicles.
Active Duty 17,100
 Officers 3,600
 Enlisted 13,500
Civilians 5,000
Contractors 11,200
Total 33,300

Flying Hours

Per Month: 8,600


Space Warfare Center -- Schriever AFB, Colo.

14th Air Force -- Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

* 21st Space Wing -- Peterson AFB, Colo. (missile warning and space surveillance)

* 30th Space Wing -- Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (space launch)

* 45th Space Wing -- Patrick AFB, Fla. (space launch and shuttle support)

* 50th Space Wing -- Schriever AFB, Colo. (satellite operations)

* 821st Space Group -- Buckley AFB, Colo. (missile warning)

20th Air Force -- F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.

* 90th Space Wing -- F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. (Peacekeeper, Minuteman III, [bigsqcup]H-1N)

* 91st Space Wing -- Minot AFB, N.D. (Minuteman III, [bigsqcup]H-IN)

* 341st Space Wing -- Malmstrom AFB, Mont. (Minuteman III, [bigsqcup]H-1N)
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Title Annotation:headed by Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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