Tim Peake and crew leave Star City

On 15 December 2015, ESA astronaut Tim Peake will be launched to the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
In this video, Tim and fellow Expedition 46-47 crewmembers, NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra and Roscosmos cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and their backup crew are seen leaving Star City, near Moscow, before boarding a plane for the launch site on 30 November 2015.
Named after Isaac Newton’s text Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Tim’s “Principia” mission will be the eighth ESA long-duration mission to the International Space Station. He will spend six months on orbit carrying out an intensive schedule of European and international experiments, in addition to numerous educational activities.

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Team Schriever gives wings to ‘angels’

More than two weeks before the start of the holiday season, Team Schriever's generosity was on full display as the Angel Trees outside the Satellite Dish Dining Facility and in the Atrium of Building 210 were already bare Nov. 19.

"People have already come by saying, 'I didn't see any [envelopes] on your tree,' because they're already gone," said Chaplain (Maj.) Martin Adamson. "We just put the tree up yesterday [Nov. 18]. This is a great problem to have in that we've got really generous people who want to help some folks in the community."
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New program, office space extend chaplain’s service

In an effort to be accessible to more Team Schriever members and provide awareness and information, the 50th Space Wing Chaplain's Office has opened its first satellite office and will soon launch a "Chat with a Chaplain/Chaplain Assistant" program.

The satellite office is located in Building 210, Room 270, next to the Equal Opportunity office.

"We wanted to think about this base, how can we meet the needs of our people," said Tech. Sgt. Tawny Devine, 50 SW chaplain's assistant. "This [new office] helps us do that. It makes it easier for everybody, I'm very excited."
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Space Training Transformation is underway

The Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Commander, General John Hyten, as the Space Professional Functional Authority, directed implementation of a more robust Undergraduate Space Training Air Force Specialty Course and the transfer of space weapon system specific training responsibility to AFSPC by the beginning of Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16).  This transfer took place, as scheduled, on 1 Oct 2015.

At CORONA Top 2012, Air Force leadership recommended the split of the Space and Missile (13S) career field into the Space Operations career field (13S) and Missile Operations (13N) career field, which was approved by the Secretary of the Air Force on 10 February 2013.  The CORONA findings identified the current length and instruction of Undergraduate Space Training as insufficient to satisfy the training requirements for today's Contested, Degraded and Operationally Limited environment.  
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