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Headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base in the communities of Bossier City and Shreveport, La., Eighth Air Force is one of two active-duty numbered air forces in Air Force Global Strike Command. The mission of the Mighty Eighth is to safeguard America through strategic deterrence and global strike on demand. The flexible, conventional and nuclear strategic mission gives Eighth Air Force the ability to deploy forces and engage enemy threats both from home station or forward positioned, anywhere and at any time. 

Our motto is "Peace Through Strength."

 

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The Secretary of the Air Force was one of the many leaders gathered at Space Symposium last week. Some still don't understand what we're up against in the space domain, so SecAF Heather Wilson spelled it out (and gave a shout-out to Buckley Air Force Base). United States Air Force
On this day: April 17, 1982 General Robert T. Marsh, Air Force Systems Command (AFSC), and General James V. Hartinger, Aerospace Defense Command, presented to Air Force Chief of Staff General Lew Allen the decision briefing on establishment of a United States Air Force major command for space operations!
Our International alliances and partnerships are important to our #space mission. Wise words from Maj. Gen. Whiting at the 2019 Space Symposium. #wisdomwednesday United States Air Force
Our senior leaders came together at Space Symposium last week to talk about how important what we do is for both our space warfighters and all of humanity. Here’s U.S. Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan on just how high the stakes are in our business. U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) United States Air Force
In case you missed it, CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright visited Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing and surrounding units last week. Check out some highlights!
We are reliving the incredible launch of the Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A! Which one of the photos from 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. is your favorite?(📸 by 2nd Lt Alex Preisser, James Rainier and Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)
In case you missed it: At last week's international air chiefs conference, "every country talked about their space launch business." United States Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein hosted the first-ever conference of international air chiefs focused on space issues. https://bit.ly/2V4PonY
The International Air Chiefs Panel at the Space Symposium highlighted the importance of our partnerships in space! We are stronger together.
On this day: April 14, 1972 NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Vandenberg AFB, CA, as an operational base for military launches of Space Transportation System (i.e. space shuttle). Vandenberg Air Force Base
The top echelon of the United States’ civilian and military leadership offered unflinching assurances April 9, that America’s superiority in space will endure even as competition – and the stakes – for primacy intensify. In remarks to more than 1,500 government, military, industry and international leaders at the 35th Space Symposium, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan set a tone on at least one dominant point that was followed in quick succession in speeches by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. United States Air Force Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xmgqb
On this day: April 13, 1970 At 2:08 UTC (10:08 p.m. EST), an oxygen tank aboard the service module of Apollo 13 exploded mid-mission. Moments later, astronaut Jack Swigert announced, "Houston, we've had a problem here." The explosion crippled the spacecraft, resulting in a near-complete loss of electricity and oxygen, and it would lead to the most spectacular rescue mission in U.S. space history. The Apollo 13 crew would be stranded for four days, more than 200,000 miles from Earth (about four-fifths of the way to the moon). An oxygen leak would force the crew to abandon ship and remain in the lunar module until they neared Earth and could deorbit in the Apollo capsule. Against all odds, the three astronauts would return safely back to Earth.
Air Chiefs and senior space officials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, & the United States held a meeting at Headquarters AFSPC to discuss the future of the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative. United States Air Force Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xmYhF
Schriever Air Force Base had a very special visit from CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright this week! Chief Wright engaged with Airmen throughout the wing, to see firsthand how they are evolving space and cyberspace warfighting superiority. Thank you for your support of our space wings!
In case you missed it: Gen. Raymond honored past, present and future space pioneers at the 2019 Space Symposium. He even had a live chat with NASA Astronaut Nick Hague at the International Space Station! #GenerationSpace #35SS YOU CAN WATCH THE FULL SPEECH HERE: https://bit.ly/2P3kF5r NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration United States Air Force Los Angeles Air Force Base, Home of Space and Missile Systems Center Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing Schriever Air Force Base 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Buckley Air Force Base Vandenberg Air Force Base
Congratulations again to the men and women of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. and SpaceX. We had three successful booster landings with some beautiful sonic booms! #PremierGatewaytoSpace
*UPDATE* Liftoff! Tune in live NOW to watch the launch here: https://www.spacex.com/webcast SpaceX is targeting TODAY for a Falcon Heavy launch of the Arabsat-6A satellite. The launch window opens at 6:35 p.m. EDT and closes at 8:31 p.m. EDT. The satellite will be deployed approximately 34 minutes after liftoff. 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing had a very special guest this week! CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright visited various sections of Peterson AFB and discussed Air Force priorities. Thank you for your time!
The leader of Air Force Space Command and the Joint Force Space Component Command spoke to members of the international space community, industry and media at the 35th Space Symposium. Throughout his speech, Gen. Jay Raymond honored past pioneers in space and military history, and highlighted the achievements of young AFSPC, JFSCC and international partner space operators who are the future of space. United States Air Force 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing Los Angeles Air Force Base, Home of Space and Missile Systems Center Schriever Air Force Base Buckley Air Force Base Vandenberg Air Force Base https://go.usa.gov/xmYMb
A little insight from the discussion at The Air Chiefs Panel this year at the Space Symposium. We are certainly stronger together! Gen. David L. Goldfein United States Air Force
*UPDATE* Standing down from today’s Falcon Heavy launch attempt; next opportunity is tomorrow, April 11. Falcon Heavy and Arabsat-6A are vertical on Launch Complex 39A. Currently targeting liftoff at 8:00 p.m. EDT; monitoring upper-level winds that could push us to the end of the window (8:32 p.m. EDT) → watch live tonight: spacex.com/webcast Are you joining us live for the launch tonight? Post from 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. “We are supporting our friends over at SpaceX & NASA's Kennedy Space Center. We are targeting TONIGHT at 6:35 p.m. EDT for the second launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket! “ 🚀 (📸 by SpaceX)
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