Air Force says nearly 8,500 miss deadline for COVID-19 shots
The Air Force says nearly 8,500 active duty members of the Air Force and Space Force have missed the deadline for getting COVID-19 vaccinations, including 800 who flatly refused and nearly 5,000 with pending requests for a religious exemption.
Report: Air Force women, minorities face harassment and bias
A new study finds that about a third of the female service members in the Air Force and Space Force say they’ve experienced sexual harassment and many can describe accounts of sexism and a stigma associated with pregnancy and maternity leave.
We're giving away a commemorative US Space Force silver coin!
At the Space.com forums, we've got a special giveaway going on for the community. One lucky winner will be walking away with an authentic U.S. Space Force silver coin, courtesy of the Space Store! To enter for your chance to win, let us know what you think the priorities should be for the U.S. Space Force (USSF). While you're at it, head over to our Mars thread to share some of that Perseverance rover excitement with the community. Join the Space.com forums to chat about the latest news and share your interests, theories, and opinions with a community of like-minded space enthusiasts!space.com
White House offers 'full support' for Trump-era Space Force
“We are not revisiting the decision to establish the Space Force,” she said. Ad“Thousands of men and women proudly serve in the Space Force,” Psaki said. Space Force. “I am very proud of the guardians in the Space Force," Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations, said at a virtual event with defense writers. Trump was very proud of Space Force and rarely delivered a speech without mentioning it.
US Space Command site to be located in Huntsville, Alabama
The U.S. Air Force is expected to announce Huntsville, Ala. as the location for the U.S. Space Command headquarters, according to Gov. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters will be in Huntsville, Alabama, after the state was selected over five others competing for the project, including Colorado, where Space Command is provisionally located. The role of Space Command is to conduct operations such as enabling satellite-based navigation and troop communication and providing warning of missile launches. That is different from the Space Force, which is a distinct military service like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. “I couldn’t be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command,” Alabama Republican Gov.
Space Force celebrates first birthday, DOD officials commemorate with letter
(Photo by Samuel Corum-Pool/Getty Images)The United States Space Force is celebrating its first birthday as a part of the Department of Defense, officials announced on Sunday. Today marks the U.S. Space Force's 1st Birthday! @SpaceForceDoD organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space, and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.#HBDSpaceForcehttps://t.co/EOP9gIYJLM pic.twitter.com/v78B0k4BrD — U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) December 20, 2020Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett; Chief of Space Operations for the Space Force, John Raymond; and the Space Force’s Senior Enlisted Advisor, Towberman, all penned a letter to Space Force Guardians, saluting them on a year full of milestones. “Guardians,Today we mark the first anniversary of the establishment of the United States Space Force. Knowing that America and its Space Force will never fight alone, you built powerful partnerships with the joint force and other space-faring nations.
What happens to the Space Force after the Trump administration?
Within the Defense Department, the Air Force has the lion’s share of space programs and budget for space operations. Some Air Force missions have transferred to Space Force control or are in the process of doing so — last week, Vice President Mike Pence announced that Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida would change their names and become the first two Space Force installations. AdvertisementFor fiscal year 2021, the Space Force is requesting a budget transfer from the Air Force of $15.3 billion. And over time, as space programs from other services start consolidating into the Space Force, their budgets should follow. “You’ve already transferred thousands of individuals into the Space Force,” said Doug Loverro, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for space policy and a leading advocate of the Space Force before its inception.latimes.com
Seven Air Force basic trainees graduating at JBSA-Lackland to join US Space Force
SAN ANTONIO – Seven U.S. Air Force basic trainees marched into history on Thursday during graduation ceremonies at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland as the first enlisted members of the U.S. Space Force. “There’s lots of excitement ahead for these seven, and we couldn’t be more proud to have them on our team,” said Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of operations for the Space Force, following the graduation ceremony. The seven trainees will transfer to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to begin training for their new Space Force positions. “The training will include operating satellites like the Global Positioning System, as well as operating satellites protecting our country, missile warning satellites and operating radar stations around the globe,” Raymond said. San Antonio is among six finalists cities being considered for the location of the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn announced San Antonio a finalist for Space Command headquarters
SAN ANTONIO – Texas Sen. John Cornyn announced Thursday that San Antonio has been selected as one of six finalist cities to host the U.S. Space Command headquarters. San Antonio leaders vying for U.S. Space Command headquartersIn August, Cornyn sent a letter to John W. Henderson, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for installations, to express his support for bringing the Space Command headquarters to Texas. Texans have already demonstrated outsized success in the military and have led the way in space exploration. JUST IN: The Air Force has selected six candidate locations to host the U.S. Space Command headquarters. They include: Kirtland AFB, N.M; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Patrick AFB, Florida; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Port San Antonio, Texas; and Redstone Army Airfield, Alabama.
San Antonio named one of six possible finalists for U.S. Space Command headquarters
click to enlarge U.S. Space CommandU.S. Space Force-7 mission, stacked Atlas 5. Joint Base San Antonio is among six finalist locations for the U.S. Space Command headquarters, Space News is reporting The other finalists are Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Patrick Air Force Base, Florida; Redstone Army Airfield, Alabama; and Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, according to the story, which is based on a U.S. Air Force announcement.The Air Force in May launched an open bidding process to pick a permanent headquarters for the command. A decision could come as early as next year, and it will take up to six years to construct the facilities.San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg traveled to Washington D.C. last month to discuss the possibility of locating the headquarters in the Alamo City. Reportedly, some 40 companies bid on the project.U.S. Space Command's provisional headquarters are at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.According to press reports, the command would bring up to 1,400 jobs and between $500 million and $1 billion in military construction projects.sacurrent.com
US girds its satellite communications infrastructure in space during coronavirus pandemic
So from Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, operators maneuvered the agile GSSAP satellite close to the inert MUOS-5 to inspect it. According to data for a report from the Secure World Foundation, a space-centric think tank, the GSSAP satellites had close encounters with eight international orbiters between 2016 and mid-2018. They're part of an increasingly intense stare at the space beyond low-Earth orbit: from geosynchronous orbit, or GEO, out to the Moon. That's useful when GSSAP satellites aren't conveniently close to the shot you'd like to take. The Space Force's 18th Space Control Squadron also tracks and catalogs far-out satellites from both the ground and space.cnbc.com
Space Force or Star Trek? Trump unveils new logo nearly identical to Starfleet Command logo
President Trump's new Space Force logo is seemingly beamed up straight from the Enterprise. John Noonan, a former national security adviser and former member of the Air Force, pointed out that the Space Force logo is likely based on a long-standing Air Force Command logo. For those excitedly tweeting that Trump stole the Star Trek logo!!! Hopefully, the next time future members of the Space Force see Mr. Trump, they'll greet him with a Vulcan salute. The new series "Star Trek: Picard" on CBS All Access sees the return of Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, the character he made famous almost two decades ago in "Star Trek: The Next Generation."cbsnews.com
U.S. House passes massive defense bill, which now heads to Senate
The count in the Democratic-controlled chamber was 377-48, enough to send the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, to the Senate, where a vote is expected by the end of next week. Trump has promised to sign the legislation as soon as it passes Congress. Those had been included in a version of the NDAA the House passed in October, but not in the version passed by the Republican-controlled Senate. They were removed during several months of negotiations with Senate Republicans and Trump administration officials. The fiscal 2020 NDAA increases defense spending by about $20 billion, or about 2.8%, and creates a Space Force as a new branch of the U.S. military, both Trump priorities.feeds.reuters.com