Growing Air Force’s space medicine culture

As space continues to play an increasingly critical role in our nation’s defense, the need for the space medicine specialty grows. Medical Airmen within U.S. Air Force Space Command are making sure space operators are ready for future readiness requirements. “Space is no longer a neutral, docile domain,” said Col. Walter “Sparky” Matthews, AFSPC Command Surgeon. “It has become a contested environment where many state and non-state actors actively seek to disrupt U.S. space capability.”
Medical Airmen assigned to U.S. Air Force Space Command are charged with delivering care to the Airmen who launch, monitor and operate the Air Force’s satellite systems. As space continues to play an increasingly critical role in our nation’s defense, medical Airmen in AFSPC are also preparing for the future of space medicine. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

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Air Force Space Command increasing combat readiness as enlisted space operators head to advanced instructor course

Two dynamic units, each with a legacy of advancement, recently came together to make space and education history. Air Force Space Command and the Air Force Weapons School joined forces to make history by holding the first-ever selection board for the emerging 1C6 Space Warfighter Advanced Instructor Course (AIC) on Nov. 29, 2018 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
A selection board for the emerging 1C6 Space Warfighter Advanced Instructor Course (AIC) meets at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 29, 2018.  The group, comprised of representatives of Air Force Space Command and the Air Force Weapons school, chose six enlisted instructors for the course.  Classes are expected to begin in July 2019 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Dave Grim)

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AFSPC assumes COMSATCOM procurement responsibility for DoD

The Air Force Space Command commander assumed responsibility for procurement of commercial satellite communications services for the Department of Defense from the Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency December 12. The move is in accordance with Section 1601(a) of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

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