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Missile Defense Systems Group Standups at LAAFB

SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel passes the guide-on to Col. Christopher Pelc during a ceremony that marked the activation of SMC's Missile Defense Systems Group, April 1. Col. Pelc accepted the flag and assumes the title as the Group's Director. He will be responsible for activities associated with program execution of the Space Tracking and Surveillance System research and development program, Near Field Infrared Experiment and Advanced Technology Risk Reduction effort. (Photo by Stephen Schester)

SMC Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel passes the guide-on to Col. Christopher Pelc during a ceremony that marked the activation of SMC's Missile Defense Systems Group, April 1. Col. Pelc accepted the flag and assumes the title as the Group's Director. He will be responsible for activities associated with program execution of the Space Tracking and Surveillance System research and development program, Near Field Infrared Experiment and Advanced Technology Risk Reduction effort. (Photo by Stephen Schester)