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America’s Airmen: Space and Cyber Operations

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Around the world and at home, America’s Airmen bring critical airpower capabilities to bear against the most pressing national security challenges. Incredible advances are made every day to strengthen those capabilities through the combined efforts of Airmen and aerospace nation partners.

During the 2015 Air Force Association Air And Space Conference, the America’s Airmen exhibit highlighted core missions of Airmen across the globe in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space and special operations.

Today’s booth put the spotlight on Airmen working in the cyber and space operations career fields. We talked with Capt. Brian Belongia, 90th Information Operations Squadron assistant director of operations at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, to learn a bit about cyber operations career field.

20 Years of GPS

By Staff Sgt Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Global Positioning System is celebrating its 20th anniversary today! On July 17, 1995, the Air Force officially declared the GPS fully operational. The system is a constellation of orbiting satellites that provides navigation data to military and civilian users all over the world. The system is operated and controlled by just seven Airmen, averaging 23 years in age, at the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

Find out how GPS operates from one of those Airmen:

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@AstroTerry’s best tweets from #space

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Did you know our astronaut in space, Air Force Col. Terry Virts, has a Twitter account? If you’re not following him yet, don’t fret because we’ve compiled some of our favorite tweets from him while aboard the International Space Station.

1) An Air Force sunset

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10 Common Myths Surrounding GPS

By Brian Hagberg
50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The Global Positioning System, or GPS, has 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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AF leaders share updates on space, nuclear enterprise at conference

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever and Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The second day of the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference in Washington D.C. enlightened attendees on current developments to the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise, space and cyberspace programs and other Air Force major commands, programs and initiatives.

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