This summer, the 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo., will assume control of the Air Force’s two new Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites, according to an Air Force Space Command release. The Air Force plans to launch the two space-surveillance satellites into orbit on July 23 from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., states the June 10 release. Airmen from the squadron will take control of them following initial orbital checkout and will then oversee the satellites’ day-to-day operations. “This marks a great milestone for the 1st SOPS and AFSPC,” said Gen. William Shelton, AFSPC commander. “With the alignment of the GSSAP mission to the 1st SOPS, we will achieve new synergies within the space situational awareness mission area,” he said. The squadron already oversees the Air Force’s Space Based Space Surveillance satellite and Advanced Technology Risk Reduction spacecraft, both of which operate in lower altitude orbits. (Peterson report by MSgt. Kevin Williams)
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.