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2nd Lt. Shelby Higdon, Space and Missile Systems Center space enterprise consortium project officer, asks a question during the Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. Thirty members, representing both the U.S. Air and Space Force, were given the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the upcoming series during a virtual segment with the cast - Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl, as well as speak directly to the President of Marvel Studios himself, Kevin Feige. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

2nd Lt. Shelby Higdon, Space and Missile Systems Center space enterprise consortium project officer, asks a question during the Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. Thirty members, representing both the U.S. Air and Space Force, were given the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the upcoming series during a virtual segment with the cast - Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl, as well as speak directly to the President of Marvel Studios himself, Kevin Feige. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

1st Lt. Eric Honeyman, 61st Air Base Group executive officer, asks a question during the Falcon and the Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. As the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Falcon and The Winter Soldier” has strong ties to the U.S. Air Force, as scenes for the show were filmed in coordination with both Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

1st Lt. Eric Honeyman, 61st Air Base Group executive officer, asks a question during the Falcon and the Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. As the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Falcon and The Winter Soldier” has strong ties to the U.S. Air Force, as scenes for the show were filmed in coordination with both Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Airmen and Guardians from the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group had the opportunity to participate in a Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. Thirty members, representing both the U.S. Air and Space Force, were given the opportunity to ask questions to the cast and production team, view props from the production and watch the premier episode ahead of its release.  (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Airmen and Guardians from the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group had the opportunity to participate in a Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. Thirty members, representing both the U.S. Air and Space Force, were given the opportunity to ask questions to the cast and production team, view props from the production and watch the premier episode ahead of its release. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Airmen and Guardians from the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group get ready to watch the premier episode of the Falcon and The Winter Soldier during a virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. The cast - Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl, answered questions about the show, shared behind-the-scenes facts and expressed their appreciation for support from the U.S. Air and Space Force during filming. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Airmen and Guardians from the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group get ready to watch the premier episode of the Falcon and The Winter Soldier during a virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. The cast - Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl, answered questions about the show, shared behind-the-scenes facts and expressed their appreciation for support from the U.S. Air and Space Force during filming. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Members of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group cheer on cast members during a question and answer segment of the Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. The cast - Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl, answered questions about the show, shared behind-the-scenes facts and expressed their appreciation for support from the U.S. Air and Space Force during filming. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Members of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group cheer on cast members during a question and answer segment of the Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. The cast - Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl, answered questions about the show, shared behind-the-scenes facts and expressed their appreciation for support from the U.S. Air and Space Force during filming. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Members of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group had the opportunity to view props from the Marvel universe during the Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. In compliance with Department of Defense and local COVID-19 health and safety precautions, a production team turned the Los Angeles Air Force courtyard into a screening stage complete with high-tech filming equipment and a red carpet. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Members of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group had the opportunity to view props from the Marvel universe during the Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. In compliance with Department of Defense and local COVID-19 health and safety precautions, a production team turned the Los Angeles Air Force courtyard into a screening stage complete with high-tech filming equipment and a red carpet. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Angélique Roché, co-host and Marvel.com contributor, hypes up members of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group before the Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. Thirty members, representing both the U.S. Air and Space Force, were given the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the upcoming series, participate in a filming for the event and watch the first episode of the new series ahead of its release. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Angélique Roché, co-host and Marvel.com contributor, hypes up members of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group before the Falcon and The Winter Soldier virtual launch event at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., March 6, 2021. Thirty members, representing both the U.S. Air and Space Force, were given the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the upcoming series, participate in a filming for the event and watch the first episode of the new series ahead of its release. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Members of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the 61st Air Base Group joined Disney and Marvel Studios during a virtual launch event for their latest series, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier," here, March 6.

In compliance with Department of Defense and local COVID-19 health and safety precautions, a production team turned the Los Angeles AFB courtyard into a screening stage complete with high-tech filming equipment and a red carpet.

Thirty members, representing both the U.S. Air and Space Force, were given the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the upcoming series during a virtual segment with the shows stars - Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl, as well as speak directly to the President of Marvel Studios himself, Kevin Feige.

“I am a huge fan of these characters, so being a part of this opportunity was second-to-none,” said 2nd Lt. Shelby Higdon, SMC space enterprise consortium project officer. “Seeing the U.S. Air and Space Force be portrayed in the film industry and represented this way is mind-blowing.”

As the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” has strong ties to the U.S. Air Force, as scenes for the show were filmed in coordination with both Maxwell AFB, Alabama and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. Additionally, a newly-introduced character to the franchise has ties to the Special Forces and Battlefield Airmen communities.

Attendees also had the amazing opportunity to view the first episode of the soon-to-be released show at the conclusion of the event alongside members from Disney and Marvel Studios.

Lylle Breier, Disney’s senior vice president of global marketing partnerships & special events, expressed her sincere appreciation for the professionalism and support of the men and women of SMC and Los Angeles AFB.

“Partnering with the men and women of the SMC and the 61st ABG for ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ Launch has been incredible,” said Breier. “Their excitement and genuine passion for these characters and this franchise was phenomenal. It was an honor for our team to produce this event at Los Angeles AFB, considering the pivotal role the U.S. Air and Space Force’s support plays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

The show is set to premier on Disney+ on March 19.