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10 Common Myths Surrounding GPS

By Brian Hagberg
50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The Global Positioning System, or GPS,┬áhas been broadcasting signals for nearly 40 years. During that time, a number of myths, misconceptions, conspiracies and falsehoods have been raised. Let’s examine 10 common myths surrounding GPS.

Satellite system operators monitor during a satellite launch
Capt. Jared Delaney, right, and Senior Airman Bryan Wynkoop, 19th Space Operations Squadron satellite system operators, monitor telemetry during the GPS SVN-69 launch Oct. 29, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers/Released)

1. The U.S. military owns GPS
GPS is operated by the 2nd and 19th Space Operations Squadrons at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. However, the U.S. government owns GPS, and the program is paid for by U.S. taxpayers. According to GPS.gov, GPS receives “national-level attention and guidance from a joint civil/military body called the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing.” The committee is co-chaired by the Deputy Secretaries of Defense and Transportation.
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Runner’s high overcomes life’s lows

An Air Force captain runs in a race
Capt. Brian Thorn, 460th Space Communication Squadron plans and resources flight commander, races in the Lucky Laces 10k Run March 15, 2014 in Denver. Thorn is training to run in the Air Force Marathon as part of the Air Force Space Command team. (Courtesy photo)

By Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury
460th Space Wing Public Affairs

“You hit that wall and you’re like ‘I don’t know if I can do this,'” said Capt. Brian Thorn, 460th Space Communications Squadron plans and resources flight commander. “Everything is focused on I need to take the next step…I need to finish…I need to finish.”

For Thorn and Senior Master Sgt. Tammie Gaudu, 460th SCS operations flight chief, running isn’t just a hobby. Both Team Buckley members are training to run in the Air Force Marathon as part of the Air Force Space Command team. Continue reading Runner’s high overcomes life’s lows