Not everyone can go home for the holidays but that doesn’t mean anyone has to miss out on holiday festivities. Operation Turkey Drop, Operation Cookie Drop and Operation Ham Grenade are among several 2019 seasonal initiatives Joint Base Lewis-McChord conducts to spread Yuletide spirit.
Morale-boosting, team-building, and professional development were the focus of Team McChord’s Wingman Day, Nov. 15, 2019. The latest Wingman Day kicked off with a commander’s all call, where Col. Scovill Currin, 62nd AW commander, addressed the wing for his last time as its commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Rob Schultz, 62nd Airlift Wing command chief, spoke to McChord Airmen for the first time en masse as their command chief.
Nine speakers shared their personal stories of leadership, self-improvement and resiliency during the first-ever TEDx speaking event here, Nov. 1, 2019.
Leadership members from the 62nd Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash., look around a basic military training dormitory in the 321st Training Squadron (321 TRS) at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 17, 2019. U.S. Air Force basic military trainees are required to meet specific requirements in the presentation of their wall lockers and dormitory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)
Lt. Col. Jamil Musa, left, 7th Airlift Squadron commander, presents Master Sgt. Casey Holihan, 7th AS superintendent, with a Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Oct. 7, 2019. Holihan received the medal for his actions while deployed to Forward Operating Base Oqab, Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)
62nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen and Royal Australian Air Force Airmen work together to replace an engine ring cowl on an RAAF C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 5, 2019. The repair marked the first done on a U.S. base under the C-17 Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Services Implementing Arrangement (ARMS IA). The ARMS IA allows USAF or RAAF maintenance crews to do full maintenance on U.S. and Australian C-17s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sara Hoerichs)
The C-17 West Coast Demo Team flies above the first C-17 Globemaster III delivered to McChord Field during a rededication ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of C-17 Globemaster IIIs at McChord Field, July 26, 2019, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The first C-17 is still operational and flying missions out of McChord Field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot)
A U.S. Air Force community outreach program continues to provide children facing health difficulties an opportunity to have fun and see firsthand some of the things that Airmen do. The current Pilot for a Day (PFAD) program at McChord Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord was created in 2010 as a collaboration between the local Air Force Association (AFA) Chapter 334 PFAD committee and the 4th Airlift Squadron (AS).

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On Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, Los Angeles Air Force Base hosted the Air Force Association's 5th Annual Schriever Space Futures Forum. During the forum, Lt. Gen. John Thompson announced that SMC is at full operating capability one month early. We also heard from Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander and Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, Air Force Space Command deputy commander, on the criticality of our mission in space. #AFA #SpaceStartsHere #LAAFB #deftAF #digitalAF #disruptiveAF
WGS-10 was accepted into the constellation after finishing approximately four months of on orbit testing by the Air Force.The WGS constellation delivers secure and reliable satellite communications for U.S. and allied forces.
With SMC now officially "Fully Operational" under the new construct (and more than a month ahead of schedule), it's time to show off some of the new changes around here, like the Cross Mission Ground & Communications Enterprise.
SMC is fully operational under the new construct more than a month ahead of schedule. The center has eliminated bureaucracy, flattened the organization and put key decision makers closer to their programs. #SpaceStartsHere
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for Space, receives two different immunizations administered by Staff Sgt. Andrew Meyerden, NCO in charge of Immunizations, and Senior Airman Samantha Levesque, Unit Training Manager, of the 61st Medical Squadron, while Brig. Gen. Donna D. Shipton, SMC vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Lisa R. Arnold, SMC Command Chief, awaited their turn in the command conference room, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 28, 2019. The 61st MDS will offer the flu shot to active-duty service members, children from ages three to 17 and high-risk adults beginning 31 Oct. The influenza vaccine is available to all DOD beneficiaries starting 4 Nov. The three senior leaders make it a point to ensure their readiness and kicked off this year’s flu shot to encourage the SMC workforce to immunize during the 2019-2020 influenza season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Van De Ha)
Day 2 of #AFSpacePitchDay closing remarks!
Did you miss Day 1 of #AFSpacePitchDay? We are breaking down barriers and creating new partnerships to connect the Air Force with different types of American innovators. Check out some of the highlights from San Francisco! #SpaceStartsHere #deftAF #digitalAF #disruptiveAF Air Force Space Command | United States Air Force
The Operator’s Perspective with Brig. Gen. Matthew Wolfe Davidson, Deputy Combined Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Space Command and Vice Commander, 14th Air Force. #AFSpacePitchDay #SpaceStartsHere
Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett joined us for the kickoff of #AFSpacePitchDay! Air Force Space Pitch Day is a two-day event hosted by the Air Force to demonstrate the Air Force’s willingness and ability to work with non-traditional startups. #SpaceStartsHere #SMC #deftAF #digitalAF #disruptiveAF
Fireside Chat with Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center Commander and Program Executive Officer for Space, and Elon Musk, Chief Engineer, SpaceX! #AFSpacePitchDay #SpaceStartsHere #deftAF #digitalAF #disruptiveAF
‪With $50 million worth of contracts up for award, small businesses will be pitching their “BIG” space ideas to the Air Force at Space Pitch Day.‬
We are excited to announce that #SMC recently completed successful demonstrations of anti-jam communications using the new Protected Tactical Waveform! The Protected Tactical Service Field Demonstration successfully completed testing on contractor-built modems that were integrated into existing Army, Navy, and Air Force terminals. These demonstrations will pave the way to enable operational anti-jamming communications for the warfighter beginning in 2023. #ProudToBeSMC #SpaceStartsHere #deftAF #digitalAF #disruptiveAF #PTW Army, Navy, and Air Force assets securely connect with a central hub via the WGS-10 satellite.
In this screen capture from NASA TV, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus NG-12 cargo ship, S.S. Alan Bean, arrives at the International Space Station Nov. 4 as the spacecraft performed an unpiloted rendezvous with the ISS approximately 210+ miles above the island nation of Madagascar off the southeast coast of Africa. The commercial space resupply mission is delivering more than four tons of supplies to the space station, including two Aerospace Rogue Alpha and Beta CubeSats and the Space Test Program Satellite-4 (STPSat-4) that were built for the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. The CubeSats were designed, built, and tested by The Aerospace Corporation, a national nonprofit corporation that operates as a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), dedicated to advancing the nation's missions in space. The Rogue CubeSats design emphasizes commercial-off-the-shelf sensors, non-exotic parts, and features a high-speed laser communications system that will enable downlinks of large image files. The dual CubeSats will also use novel wavelengths for infrared sensing. STPSat-4 is a collaborative effort between the Department of Defense Space Test Program, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Aerospace Corporation, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Observatory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and aerospace industry partners. Experiment objectives range across disciplines including Atmospheric/Space Weather, Space Situational Awareness, Materials Science, and Technology Demonstrations. The Space Test Program, through the STPSat-4 satellite, also has the goal of launching and operating a small satellite deployed from the International Space Station. (Image: NASA) https://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2007816/space-and-missile-systems-center-payloads-arrive-at-international-space-station/ #SpaceStartsHere #SMC #EPICSpeed
We have successful liftoff of the Aerospace Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSats and Space Test Program Satellite-4 aboard the Cygnus spacecraft S.S. Alan Bean on commercial resupply mission NG-12. Thanks to Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems and NASA for the ride! Next stop is the International Space Station, where the CubeSats and STPSat-4 will wait until early 2020 for deployment! #SpaceStartsHere #SMC #deftAF #digitalAF #disruptiveAF #ISS The Aerospace Corporation NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The United States Air Force and #SMC are proud to introduce The Aerospace Corporation Rogue Alpha/Beta CubeSat program, Cube Satellites designed to test the practicality of rapidly developing smaller, low-cost satellites for use in low Earth orbit. Rogue consists of two satellites that Aerospace completely designed, built, and tested in 16 months, with launch only 2 months after completion. Watch the live feed Nov. 2 at 9:50 a.m. EDT at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
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Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Arnold, Space and Missile Systems Center Command Chief and Chief Master Sgt. Michael Wild, 61st Air Base Group Superintendent, discuss the importance, value and opportunities available to members of the enlisted force in obtaining higher education through the Community College of the Air Force.
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The 627th Security Forces Squadron put on several events last month in honor of National Police Week 2019. Check ou… https://t.co/e3XhCNiInR
ICYMI: Military Appreciation Night game to honor servicemembers at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium, 1707 Main Street, Sumn… https://t.co/jUnANoFmd3
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The last of the Doolittle Raid survivors, Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, the co-pilot for Doolittle, passed away April 8… https://t.co/p7CZXEGIv2
Today is the 77th Anniversary of the #DoolittleRaid, also known as the Tokyo Raid. At least ten Airmen who trained… https://t.co/Jv8wHDbRNB
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