The first aircraft lands on the newly resurfaced runway at McChord Field, June 17, 2019, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. McChord Field aircraft and Airmen continued operations at other west coast bases while the runway was resurfaced. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sara Hoerichs)
A team made up of Airmen from the 627th Force Support Squadron pushes a truck on the McChord Field track as part of the Joint Base Competition organized for Police Week on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., May 17, 2019. The Joint Base competition was organized and facilitated by members of the 627th Security Forces Squadron as part of Police Week 2019 which provides an opportunity to honor and remember fallen defenders. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Mikayla A. Heineck)
Senior Airman Nathan Cremeans, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III as it prepares to take off from March Air Reserve Base in California, April 3, 2019. Because of the McChord flightline closure for repairs, March - June, 2019, several McChord maintenance personnel were temporarily relocated to March ARB to keep the mission going. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)
Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, takes questions from the audience during an all call, Feb. 22, 2019, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Barrett encouraged innovation from individual Airmen and whole squadrons when solving problems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sara Hoerichs)
Dr. Dawn Peredo, right, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Center for Autism Resources, Education and Services (CARES) medical director, explains the mission of JBLM CARES during Kelly Barrett’s, wife of Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, tour of JBLM, Wash., Feb. 20, 2019. Kelly has been touring different 18th Air Force bases with her husband to learn more about the challenges military members and their families face, such as education for children, access to health care, employment for spouses and license reciprocity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)
The 62nd Airlift Wing Annual Award winners pose with Col. Scovill W. Currin, 62nd Airlift Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey C. Sandusky, 62nd Airlift Wing command chief inside the McChord Club on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 14, 2019. The awards recognized the best in several different categories, including civilians, enlisted, officers, teams and spouses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)
Airmen assigned to the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron spray a C-17 Globemaster III with deicing liquid at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 16, 2019. Ice and snow on the flight control surfaces, such as the tail and wings, can introduce unknown aerodynamic characteristics that may render the aircraft unsafe for takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

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Military and civilian personnel of the Space and Missile System Center (SMC), Boy and Girls Clubs of America, and Raytheon Corporation, joined in cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening ceremony of STEM Centers of Innovation at Los Angeles Air Force base, Fort MacArthur’s community center, San Pedro April 10, 2019. The open house is one of many events hosted by SMC during the Month of the Military Child (MOMC) and provides high-quality STEM curriculum and technology to prepare military-youth with the skills they need to excel in STEM careers.
Pictured: Tuesday morning’s PT session with CGOs participating in LA AFB’s 1st ever CGO Development Course. As part of the course, CGOs and NCOs played ultimate frisbee and football together. The class was created by MSgt Richardo Rivera, career assistance advisor. Way to go, Airmen! #AimHigh #DominateDriveDeliver #SpaceStartsHere #ProudToBeSMC
CONGRATULATIONS to our newest graduates of ALS! SSgt Audrey Goodson from 61 ABG/MDS and (S)Sgt Vanessa Abid from SMC/FM Congratulations, ladies! We are so proud of you! #SpaceStartsHere #ProudToBeSMC
‪SMC and AFSPC represented today at the Women’s Global Gathering Luncheon where Brig. Gen. DeAnna Burt spoke! Building relationships with sisters services, industry partners and ‬other organizations at #SpaceSymposium #BuildingPartnerships #WomenInSpace #35SS
"We flattened Space and Missile Systems Center, removing three layers of bureaucracy.... We stood up three program executive offices and gave program executive officers full decision authority over their programs. PEO of Space Development, PEO of Space Production and PEO of Space Enterprise. The congress gave responsibility back to the services to buy equipment.... This new organizational structure at SMC streamlines decision making and will move concepts from the back of an envelope to the payload envelope faster and smarter. But it doesn’t stop there.... Our Space and Missile Systems Center is awarding prototype contracts in 90 days. Twice as fast as anyone else in the defense department. We ARE the best in the world at space." - Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson at the 2019 #SpaceSymposium HUGE shoutout from our SecAF. SMC is doing great things at #EPICSpeed! #SpaceStartsHere #SMC #BirthplaceOfMilitarySpace #DominateDriveDeliver #AlwaysThePredatorNeverThePrey #DefendingTheSpaceDomain #GuardiansOfTheHighFrontier #BuildingTheFutureOfMilitarySpace
“We will rapidly develop and field the technology needed to counter adversary systems from any domain at the time, place and manner of our choosing. Always the predator, never the prey.” - Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff. Yesterday, we kicked off the first full day of SpaceSymposium by hearing from some of our Air Force’s senior leaders. We are excited for what today has in store! Be sure to follow along! Twitter: @AF_SMC Instagram: @af_smc #SpaceSymposium #AlwaysThePredatorNeverThePrey #35SS
SMC has officially landed for Space Symposium! #SS35 #SpaceStartsHere #BuildingPartnerships #AlwaysThePredatorNeverThePrey @ Colorado Springs, Colorado
Employee Assistance Program – Help…is just one call away LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE – EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- When a regular day is no longer routine, the rigors of a new baby, or an unexpected rent increase, can turn your day upside down, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help. EAP is the Air Force’s new program that can provide civilian employees and their families with free, confidential resources and support to help manage everyday life challenges. During a recent meeting in the Gordon Conference Center, at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Danna Plewe, Air Force Employee Assistance Program manager, explained to an audience of military and civilian personnel at Los Angeles Air Force Base how the program provides civilian employees and their families with free, confidential resources and support to help manage normal everyday challenges that may affect job performance and personal well-being. EAP is a confidential workplace service that personnel can use to help members deal with issue like work, life stressors, family issues or financial concerns. EAP offers many benefits to help navigate life’s challenges. The program has consultants, who can provide LAAFB employees and their dependent family members support, advice and help. Plewe said, “Your employer pays for this program, and it is available at no cost”. EAP services are confidential, within the bounds of the law. Some of the services the website offers can include the following: • Licensed and credentialed master’s-level therapists providing: o Confidential in-person assessments, o Short-term, solution focused counseling o Referrals to community resources • Coaching and consultation for supervisors • Wellness presentations o Website resources • 24 hours per day, Seven days per week, toll-free EAP access to mental health professionals at 1-800-222-0364 “If you are having problems in your personal life, it can impact not just your peace of mind, but it can hinder your ability to effectively do your job,” said Plewe. “Not knowing that help is just a phone call away can make the challenge of keeping your personal life and professional duties separate can be disastrous on many levels.” The EAP is there for all of life’s challenges – big or small. When an employee calls the toll free number at 1-800-222-0364, consultants will help navigate the system and the employee will get an immediate response from a caring professional who is there to help. Making the call is the first step to getting access to resources that can provide support and sound guidance when there is an issue. Once an employee makes contact, a licensed EAP counselor, who is available in the community, can provide consultation, short-term problem solving or crisis management. Members can make arrangements to meet or just speak on the phone. “Don’t let fear stop you from asking for help,” said Plewe. “The EAP program wants you to know that you don’t have to deal with it alone.” As a part of the full spectrum of services, the program also offers access to legal and financial service. The program also offers assistance with child and elder care as well as personal wellness issues. According to Plewe, EAP is not just a service people can take advantage of when there is a crisis. Employees can call anytime for information on a variety of stressful subjects. A newer EAP program called Worklife4You services can also help 24/7 with items such as parenting, adoption, special needs and aging loved ones. “Worklife4You is like a concierge service that you can call to assist with about any everyday challenge,” said Plewe. “To access Worklife4You members simply need to go to the website. It takes place mostly over the phone. However, individuals can ask to be transferred to a local affiliate.” Worklife4You can also assist with finding care givers for individuals who are caring for elderly parents or help search for childcare resources. “Our goal, is to help make your burden lighter and your way smoother” said Plewe. For assistance, call 1-800-222-0364 (1-888-262-7848 TTY), or visit www. FOH4You. com for EAP, or www. worklife4you. com for Worklife4You (use code USAF).
Today, we wanted to highlight a team that made a huge difference in the community, as well as our Air Force. The Remote Sensing Team supports firefighters' efforts against california wildfires! This team has embraced the culture of EPIC Speed and is helping SMC to drive delivery of war-winning and fire-fighting capabilities faster! #SpaceStartsHere #EPICSpeed #SMC
Congratulations to SMC’s newest SMSgts! We are proud to have you as a part of our team! SMSgt (s) Michael Pritchett SMSgt (s) Mary Watley #ProudToBeSMC @ Los Angeles Air Force Base
Lt. Col. Adam Langborgh has embraced the culture of EPIC Speed and is helping SMC to drive delivery of war-winning capabilities faster! #SpaceStartsHere #EPICSpeed #SMC
Congratulations to SMC’s newest O-6 selects! Col (s) Laura Lewis Col (s) Richard Kieffer Col (s) Heather Bogstie Col (s) Daniel Walter Col (s) Erin Gulden Not pictured - Col (s) Ryan Colburn
The satellite is the second GPS III to be launched and is named after explorer Ferdinand Magellan. It is scheduled to launch aboard the final Delta IV medium from Cape Canaveral in July.
REACH was developed and fielded in less than three years at a fraction of the cost of a standalone capability. The program demonstrates speed, innovation and partnerships.
Staying connected - 61st Air Base Group holds first Community Partner Day Tamry McCauley - Space and Missile Systems Center Public Affairs LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE – EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Col. Ann Igl, Commander, of the 61st Air Base Group hosted the first Community Partner Day in the Gordon Conference Center March 5, at Los Angeles Air Force Base. Over 150 members from the South Bay communities, representing El Segundo, Gardena, San Pedro and all points in-between were invited to the first event of its kind for the new commander. Igl’s opening remarks included information about the center’s mission. The Space and Missile Systems Center, a subordinate unit of Air Force Space Command, is the center of technical excellence for developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining military space systems. SMC's mission is to deliver resilient and affordable space capabilities. The 61st Air Base Group is the host unit at Los Angeles Air Force Base. It provides medical, civil engineering, communications, chaplain, security, logistics, personnel, readiness, and quality-of-life services to the Space and Missile Systems Center and many other Department of Defense units in the Los Angeles basin. Members from the Redondo Police Department received a unique opportunity to speak one to one with members of the 61st Security Forces Squadron to plan future activities together. These partnerships matches the needs of the base as well as their counterparts and provide epic speed to resolve issues much faster. A community partnership created many years ago was utilized to create a first-of-a-kind land swap to build the current facilities at Los Angeles Air Force Base”, said Igl. “This event helps us to continue to grow and foster these new relationships. “During today’s event, base agencies and community partners were able to establish some new projects within each of the squadron commander or functional directors. Because we brought everyone together in the same space, during the breaks everyone could have direct conversation to create great initiative to support the base.” According to Michael Jackson from the South Bay Aerospace Alliance, a community partnership can offer a variety of benefits to the local economy as well as the Air Force community. “The partnership is a great way to foster innovation and new ideas, and a sense of shared responsibility” said Jackson. “Los Angeles Air Force Base is a key part of the foundation supporting the Southern California aerospace industry and employing nearly 6,000 military, civilian and technical support contractors in addition to an additional 12000 indirect jobs that support the local community. From the Air Base Group and SMC 2.0 perspective, the event was able to put together a program of interest that pertains to a lot of different community partnership, leadership, and elected officials, and others community partners that support the base,” said Lt Col Keith White, 61st ABG, deputy commander. “What is really important here are the initiatives that support our airman, their families and the community,” said White.” We are able to focus on things like attainable housing, school of choice, and partnership opportunities that work great when streamlined”. Forming partnership and good relationships with the local community is vital to the success of both agencies. The 2019 Los Angeles AFB Community Partner Day created an opportunity to foster a collaborative environment built on common interest and mutual trust. The focus of the day is to take care of team SMC, so that today’s Airmen can focus on the mission of creating space capabilities to protect our national interest and security.
‪More shots from last night’s successful WGS-10 launch from CCAFS.‬
The U.S. Air Force’s 10th Wideband Global Satcom communications satellite (WGS-10) atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket lifts off on Friday, Mar. 15, 2019 at 8:26 PM EST from Space Launch Complex-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Liftoff occurred at 8:26 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida.
Liftoff of the Delta IV carrying WGS-10 into space.
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