Starting out as the Consolidated Space Operations Center at Falcon Air Force Station, the Air Force corollary to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Schriever Space Force Base has become the most important military installation in the entire world, with its command and control of all major U.S. military satellite systems.
Named after the “Father of Air Force Space and Missiles,” General Bernard “Bennie” Schriever, the installation provides 24-hours-a-day/365-days-a-year command and control to the nation’s vital satellite assets.
Space systems under control by Schriever personnel include the Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation, which provides free, world-wide access to positioning, navigation, and timing signals; Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), weather satellites poised to provide warfighters with accurate environmental data; Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites, providing communications connectivity to U.S. and Allied forces around the world; and the Satellite Control Network (SCN), a network of world-wide locations providing connectivity to satellites in low, medium, and geosynchronous Earth orbit.
Today, Schriever SFB personnel continue to exemplify the United States Space Force’s motto of Semper Supra, “Always Above.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Joseph T. Page II (“Joe”) is an amateur space historian and former Air Force space and missile officer. The space and history “bug” bit him early in life while growing up at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the “Birthplace of America’s Missile and Space Activity.” After spending a decade in uniform, Joe and his family finally settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of New Mexico and is currently pursuing graduate studies in history. This is his first Fonthill Media title.