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Air Force Space Command celebrates 29 years of service

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Today Air Force Space Command celebrates 29 years of service. Originally organized to manage missile early warning and space tracking systems, Space Command brought together operators from Strategic Air Command and technicians from Air Force Systems Command. Today AFSPC operates in the space and cyberspace domains and provides military focused space and cyberspace capabilities with a global perspective to the joint warfighting team.

Key facts about AFSPC:

Mission
AFSPC's mission is to provide resilient and cost-effective Space and Cyberspace capabilities for the Joint Force and the Nation.

Vision
Global Access, Persistence and Awareness for the 21st Century.

Goals
1. Highly skilled and innovative Space and Cyberspace professionals.
2. Assured full spectrum space and cyber capabilities for the Joint Force and Partners.
3. Resilient, integrated systems that preserve operational advantage.

In the past year AFSPC has achieved several historic milestones such as:

- Increasing global GPS coverage providing civil, military and commercial GPS users with a more robust signal and a higher probability of signal acquisition in terrain challenged environments through the "Expandable 24" adjustment of the GPS constellation.

- The launches of the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite, enhancing space situational awareness, the Operationally Responsive Space-1, which will provide commanders with overhead imagery to enhance battlespace awareness, and the much awaited SBIRS GEO-1.

- The first Delta IV Heavy Launch from the West Coast, which rounds AFSPC out with the full range of space lift capabilities.

- Earlier this year AFSPC and the space and cyberspace domains played in the Red Flag exercise for the first time.

- 24th Air Force, which conducts the full range of cyber operations, became fully operational.