In 2012, the Space Foundation broadened community outreach with a wide variety of events and activities, many related to our new world headquarters and - later in the year  - our new Visitors Center.

Space Foundation Salutes Air Force Space Command's 30th Anniversary

The Space Foundation served as the official community host for celebrations in both Colorado Springs and Washington, D.C., to commemorate Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)'s 30th anniversary.

A crowd of almost 600 attended The Space Foundation Presents a 30th Anniversary Salute to Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs on Sept. 14. The event included a reception, dinner, awards presentations and remarks by former AFSPC Commander Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, Ret., who was introduced by current AFSPC Commander Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF. The Salute included:

  • Presentation of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Rocky Mountain Chapter General James V. Hartinger Award to Gen. Bruce Carlson, USAF, Ret. 
  • Presentation of the Air Force Association (AFA) Lance P. Sijan Chapter's General Jerome F. O'Malley Distinguished Space Leadership Award to Maj. Gen. James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin, USAF.
  • Induction of Dr. Hans Mark and Col. John Paul Stapp, USAF, M.D. Ph.D., as winners of the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Award. 
  • Introduction of the members of Air Force Space Command's Frontier Focus program.
  • Entertainment by the U.S. Air Force Academy band, Blue Steel.

The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., was the setting on Sept. 18 for 140 guests who attended The Space Foundation Presents a Washington, D.C., Salute to the 30th Anniversary of Air Force Space Command. The evening began with a cocktail reception and entertainment from the Air Force Jazz Band Combo. The crowd was treated to a "Fireside Chat" with:

  • The Honorable Dr. Hans Mark, former secretary of the Air Force 
  • The Honorable Edward "Pete" Aldridge, Jr., former under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics and former secretary of the Air Force 
  • Moderator Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel, USAF, Ret.

Additional highlights of the D.C. Salute included remarks from Shelton and ceremonial cutting of the cake. Vice President - Washington Operations Brendan Curry served as master of ceremonies.

Community Events

  • An open house, held in conjunction with our annual board meeting in January, introduced almost 200 community members to our new headquarters.
  • We sponsored the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's public performance of Holst's The Planets, Stravinsky's Fireworks and Gandolfi's The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Included in the program was Mars, The Bringer of War, from The Planets, which the Philharmonic played at the opening ceremony of the 28th National Space Symposium.
  • We hosted the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) Aerospace Exchange that brought more than 50 space executives from Denver and Colorado Springs to our headquarters for an evening of networking, information presentations and tours.
  • We welcomed business and government leaders for tours of our world headquarters throughout the year. Guests included Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Air Force Space Command Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05).
  • We were a sponsor of the Colorado Space Roundup at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • We partnered with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum to support a special traveling exhibit from the Charles M. Schulz Museum called To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA. The exhibition, which runs through April 20, 2013, examines the history of Apollo 10 and the role characters from Schulz's popular Peanuts comic strip played in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program. We provided space spin-off products for display, graphics, an exhibit model, guest lecturers, promotional support and children's interactive activities.
  • Our float in the Colorado Springs Festival of Lights Parade was viewed by more than 70,000 people and won the "Rudolph Award" for best lighting on a float. The float celebrated our new Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science On A Sphere®.
  • Team members answered phone calls and emails for the North American Aerospace Defense Command's NORAD Tracks Santa Program.

Speeches and Interviews

CEO Elliot Pulham:

  • Harvard Business School's Aerospace & Aviation Club, Cambridge, Mass.
  • The Space Show® hosted by Dr. David Livingston
  • Space Talk with Jim Banke 
  • The World Today by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) 2012 Conference, Waikoloa, Hawai'i 
  • Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation Gala, Houston

Vice President - Washington Operations Brendan Curry:

  • 5th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium, Huntsville, Ala.
  • Women in Aerospace (WIA) "Aerospace 2012: Leading the Way," Rosslyn, Va.

Vice President - Marketing and Communications Janet Stevens:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - Rocky Mountain Section's Annual Technical Symposium, Denver, Colo.
  • El Pomar Space Foundation Emerging Leaders Development (ELD) Program Native American Advisory Council, Colorado Springs
  • Public Relations Society of America Pikes Peak Chapter, Colorado Springs
  • Kiwanis Clubs: Manitou Springs (Colo.), Pikes Peak Kiwanis Club (Colorado Springs), Interquest (Colorado Springs), Chena (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Fairbanks Kiwanis 
  • Noel Wien Public Library, Fairbanks

Space Foundation Director - Space Awareness Programs Kevin Cook:

  • AMOS Conference, Maui, Hawai'i

Space Foundation Space Education Specialist Elias Molen:

  • Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs
  • St. George's Anglican Church, Colorado Springs

Space Foundation Research Analyst Mariel John Borowitz:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., Canada