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  • LAAFB Celebrates Third Birthday of U.S. Space Force

    It was in 1954 when the first military space organization, the Western Development Division, was created to manage the U.S. Air Force’s ballistic missile program. Now, 68 years later, on Dec. 20, 2022, members gathered to celebrate the third anniversary of the United States Space Force – a service that was once a distant dream, yet now a reality.
  • LAAFB Airmen and Guardians team up with the LA Lakers for Veterans Day, 2022

    On Nov. 2 and Nov. 11, 2022, Space Systems Command and Space Base Delta 3 service members participated in basketball clinics with the Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto Arena in downtown LA. The Veterans Day event, ‘Hoops for Troops,’ consisted of basketball drills and team-building exercises to bolster physical and mental resilience and increase unit morale and cohesion. Participants and their guests were also invited to a same-day evening basketball game.
  • ‘I wanted to work in the space field’: Space Force commander inspired by Onizuka

    A visit in the early 1980s by astronaut and Kealakekua native Ellison Onizuka to Waiakeawaena Elementary School turned out to be a life-defining event for at least one student of the Hilo school. “I may have been seven or eight years old, and he was such a big deal,” said U.S. Space Force Col. Mia Walsh, who was then Mia Tsutsumi. “He was the first astronaut from Hawaii. He was the first Japanese American astronaut. He was the first Buddhist astronaut. It was a huge deal. You know, he came from a small town in Kona, kind of similar upbringing. “And I just knew, right then, I wanted to go to space. I wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to work in the space field.”
  • First anniversary celebration of Space Systems Command

    The Space Systems Command proudly commemorated their one-year anniversary on Aug. 12. The U.S. Space Force officially stood up the new Field Command on Aug. 13, 2021, and the anniversary observance highlighted the numerous achievements over the past year.
  • Stroud Earns USSF's First DoD STEM Education and Outreach Advocate Award

    Jonathan Stroud, of Space Systems Command's STEM Outreach Program, earns the Department of Defense's STEM Education & Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award for Q2 of FY22. It is the United States Space Force's first award decoration in this category.
  • Guam Cadets Tour Space Systems Command as part of SoCal Visit

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Twenty-six U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning, Guam, visited Space Systems Command on Wednesday, April 27.
  • Los Angeles Air Force Base hosts the Defense Orientation Conference Association (DOCA)

    On March 28, Los Angeles Air Force Base recently hosted an event in recognition of the Defense Orientation Conference Association’s donation to the Friends of the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC). Nearly 50 DOCA members were on hand for the presentation and to learn more about Space Systems Command’s mission.
  • Senate confirms Kendall to be Air Force Secretary

    Frank Kendall won confirmation from the Senate July 26 to be the 26th Secretary of the Air Force, placing an official with decades-long service in defense issues in the top civilian job at a time when the department is navigating new global challenges and wide-reaching modernization efforts.
  • CMSAF Bass joins SMC’s virtual speed-mentoring event

    Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. – The Space and Missile Systems Center hosted a virtual speed-mentoring event for selected Airmen and Guardians of all ranks March 9, 2021.
  • U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center announces landmark contract modifications for reuse of SpaceX launch vehicles

    The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) recently signed a contract modification to reuse a Falcon 9 first-stage booster – for the first time on a National Security Space Launch mission – starting with the fifth Global Positioning System (GPS)-III satellite,