|Space and Missile Systems Center Becomes Part of AF Space Command |
Space and Missile Systems Center Becomes Part of AF Space Command
Washington D.C – (AF) October 2, 2001 -- The Space and Missile Systems Center became part of Air Force Space Command in a command realignment ceremony yesterday at Fort MacArthur, a military housing community for Los Angeles AFB.
"We are officially part of Air Force Space Command," said Lt. Gen. Brian Arnold, SMC commander. "This is very exciting. What a wonderful opportunity the Space Commission has provided us in bringing these two great organizations together--Air Force Space Command and SMC."
This comprehensive planning effort by AFSPC and Air Force Materiel Command whom SMC transferred from, is one element of the Air Force’s overall implementation of recommendations made by the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization ("the Space Commission"). Chartered by Congress, the Commission provided recommendations to improve oversight, management and acquisition of U.S. military space systems and capabilities. The Department of Defense reviewed the Commission’s report and agreed with its conclusions. The Secretary of Defense then directed the Air Force to take a number of actions to implement the Commission’s recommendations. "We are creating an organization that has no counterpart anywhere--a cradle-to-grave powerhouse that's exactly the right organization for the 21st century," said Lt. Gen. Roger DeKok, AFSPC vice commander.
Realigning SMC under AFSPC consolidates space development, acquisition and operations functions in one organization under one commander -- creating a strong center of advocacy for space systems and resources, according to Gen. Lester Lyles, commander, AFMC.
"This realignment will better meet operational requirements for space. Space priorities will be set by a single command – Air Force Space Command – ensuring the Air Force continues to provide quality stewardship for America’s space assets. AFMC will still provide acquisition and S&T support to AFSPC after SMC has been realigned," said Lyles.
The SMC realignment does not change the status or importance of Los Angeles Air Force Base. Command officials expect no change in SMC’s current mission of developing, acquiring and sustaining America’s quality space systems.
There will be very limited physical movement of people and organizations. Functional experts from AFSPC, AFMC and SMC have been working closely together on the transition to ensure the realignment is accomplished as smoothly as possible.
As the process of reengineering military space organization and management begins, uninterrupted delivery, operation and sustainment of space-based capabilities to the joint warfighter will continue in support of our national security.
In a related ceremony, the 821st Space Group deactivated and then activated the 460th Air Base Wing at Buckley AFB. Brig. Gen. Bob Kehler, 21st Space Wing commander, officiated the deactivation and Maj. Gen. Bill Looney, 14th Air Force commander, officiated the activation portion of the ceremony. This action was part of the ongoing restructuring of Buckley since the installation was turned over to the Air Force by the Air National Guard and became an active air force base last October.