The Space Foundation plans to conduct two special events to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the United States’ Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) – one in Colorado Springs, which is the headquarters city of both Space Command and the Space Foundation, and one in Washington, D.C.
The first commemorative event will take place on Friday, Sept. 14, at The Broadmoor hotel. The event will celebrate the history and contributions of the command and its 30-year heritage in the Pikes Peak community.
The second event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The black tie gala will reunite historic leaders who created and then led Space Command with senior military, government and industry leaders.
AFSPC’s official anniversary is Sept. 1.
“Few events have transformed U.S. National Security as fundamentally as the formation of Air Force Space Command,” said Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham. “The organization is a treasure for our Pikes Peak community and a powerful instrument of our national will. We at the Space Foundation are honored to host these events in honor of all the men and women who have served and fought for Air Force Space Command.”
Details about the program for both events, as well as how to participate, will be released at a later date.
The Air Force established the space command in 1982, with space operations as its primary mission. During the Cold War, space operations focused on missile warning, launch operations, satellite control, space surveillance and command and control for national leadership.
In 1991, Operation Desert Storm validated the command’s continuing focus on support to the warfighter. The Space Warfare Center, now named the Space Innovation and Development Center, was created to ensure space capabilities reached the warfighters who needed it.
ICBM forces joined AFSPC in July 1993. In 2001, upon the recommendation of the Space Commission, the Space and Missile Systems Center joined the command. Air Force Space Command is currently the only command to have its acquisition arm within the command. In 2002, also on a recommendation from the Space Commission, AFSPC was assigned its own four-star commander after previously sharing a commander with U.S. Space Command and NORAD. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the president directed military action against Afghanistan and Iraq. AFSPC provided extensive space-based support to the U.S. Central Command commander in communications; positioning, navigation and timing; meteorology; and warning. In 2005, the Air Force expanded its mission areas to include cyberspace. In concert with this, the Air Staff assigned responsibility for conducting cyberspace operations to AFSPC through Twenty-fourth Air Force, which was activated in August