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Missile warning and defense advanced course graduates 10th class

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Seven missile warning/missile defense experts recently earned graduation certificates from the Advanced Space Operations School, Missile Warning Advanced Course.

The Advanced Space Operations School operates under the Space Innovation and Development Center and provides advanced space training to space professionals around the world.

Students completing the in-depth four week Missile Warning and Defense advanced course were competitively selected from an applicant pool of active duty and Reserve servicemen and women from all branches, government employees and civilian specialists. Applicants have a strong background in missile warning and/or missile defense, satellite/ground operations, or operational-level planning. The course provides in-depth education on missile warning and defense sensors including space, air and sea-based platforms, sensor physics, operations centers, enemy threat and defense systems, warning architectures; warning processes, communications and tactics.

"When our students graduate from this course they are recognized as some of the most knowledgeable in the career field," said Maj. Doug Roning, Advanced Space Operations School course director. "Historically the graduates are looked upon as the go-to person for advanced understanding of missile warning and defense systems.

"This is a highly selective course and the graduates become a part of an elite group of professionals trained specifically in Missile Warning and Defense systems and architectures," he said. "Their in-depth knowledge provides the command with an invaluable resource from which to pull from."

Missile Warning and Defense Advanced Course 12-A graduates include Capts. Christopher Hasegawa and Jason Sellers, 1st Lts. Ruben Carillo and Andrew Harris, Master Sgt. John Cosler, Tech. Sgt. Juan Lopez and Senior Airman Hannah Kent.

Their accomplishments meet an addressed need for "more depth of experience in their field and more extensive education and training," as identified by the 2001 Space Commission Report.

For information about the Missile Warning and Defense Advanced Course, or to apply for the class 12-A four week course starting Jan. 18, contact Roning at, phone 593-8794 ext. 274, or go to