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Space Force details structure of newly created service

Space Force details structure of newly created service

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June 30 (UPI) -- The Space Force will be comprised of three field commands, with many of the Air Force's existing space acquisition organizations being moved into a newly created Space Systems Command, the service announced on Tuesday. USSF officials said the field organization would "consolidate and align all organize, train and equip mission execution" from space-related units formerly run by the Air Force. Advertisement "This is an historic opportunity to launch the Space Force on the right trajectory to deliver the capabilities needed to ensure freedom of movement and deter aggression in, from and to space," Gen. Jay Raymond, USSF chief of space operations, said in a press release. "How we organize the Space Force will have a lasting impact on our ability to respond with speed and agi...
35 COVID-19 cases found in single Air Force unit in Guam

35 COVID-19 cases found in single Air Force unit in Guam

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June 22 (UPI) -- A sudden increase in COVID-19 infections at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is under investigation, officials said on Monday. An unidentified Air Force unit arrived in Guam on May 25, and 35 of its members have been hospitalized and quarantined since. Advertisement The first virus case was discovered on June 11, will all members of the unit tested by June 19. The group stayed at the Guam Reef Hotel, in Guam's entertainment and shopping district, before moving to the base, and officials are investigating if mandatory protection protocols were followed. "All military members are subject to the established public health emergency protocols," Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, commander of the 36th Air Wing, stationed at the base, said on Monday. "If the ensuing investigation determ...
JoAnne Bass named first female Chief Master Sergeant of Air Force

JoAnne Bass named first female Chief Master Sergeant of Air Force

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June 19 (UPI) -- The Air Force named Chief MSgt. JoAnne Bass its first female Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force on Friday, its highest-ranked noncommissioned officer. In her new position, Bass will be the public face of enlisted airmen, and the personal advisor to incoming Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown and Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett. Advertisement Bass will focus on issues related to the welfare, readiness and morale of enlisted personnel. Brown, additionally, will be the military's first African-American service chief when he is sworn in, in August. Bass currently serves as command chief master sergeant of the Second Air Force at Keesler Air Base, Miss., a command which oversees four training wings in 76 locations, supporting 13,000 Air Force personnel and ci...
Senate confirms Charles Q. Brown as first black Air Force chief of staff

Senate confirms Charles Q. Brown as first black Air Force chief of staff

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June 9 (UPI) -- The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to make Gen. Charles Q. Brown the Air Force's 22nd chief of staff -- and the first African-American to lead a U.S. military branch. Brown, who is currently the commander of the Pacific Air Forces, will replace Gen. Dave Goldfein as the Air Force's top general. Advertisement "Congratulations to Gen CQ Brown on his nomination to be our next Chief. He's led worldwide - in the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa," Goldfein tweeted when Brown was nominated in March, calling Brown "one of the finest warriors" the Air Force has ever produced. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that Brown's confirmation marked a "historic day in America." Last week, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, delayed Brown's nomination from moving forward due...
Space Force, global partners to receive ‘Kobayashi Maru’ space tracking system

Space Force, global partners to receive ‘Kobayashi Maru’ space tracking system

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May 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Force announced the development of a software package to track and monitor objects in space. The branch's Space Command and Control Program Office called the operational platform -- named Kobayashi Maru, for a training exercise depicted in a "Star Trek" episode -- a "breakthrough" of particular use to a five-nation coalition of space observers. The United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada comprise the FVEY, or "Five Eyes" Alliance, which provides joint cooperation in signals intelligence, human intelligence and other forms of military intelligence to its members. Each government's intelligence community is involved in mutual collaboration. The United States' involvement includes the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agen...