by Charles A. Harris, Space Foundation Manager - Washington Operations
On the evening of July 26, the Space Foundation hosted a reception on Capitol Hill, along with the U.S. Air Force Legislative Liaison Office, to highlight the work of Air Force Space Command. U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and Commander of Air Force Space Command General Jay Raymond were both in attendance, along with a remarkable cadre of young professionals from the Air Force who work space operations every day. Turnout for the reception was excellent and included local Air Force personnel, Pentagon staff and Members of Congress and their staff.
Attendees were treated to a fascinating and informative presentation from almost a dozen young Air Force professionals who explained their various roles in Air Force Space Command, how they are intertwined and their importance in day-to-day Air Force operations, support to warfighters across other military branches and long term national security. These men and women gave excellent first-hand accounts of everything from overseeing launch operations to commanding satellites on orbit.
The evening was a great opportunity for Members of Congress and their staff to hear from operators on the frontlines of our nation's defense in the space domain.
This article is part of Space Watch: August 2017 (Volume: 16, Issue: 8).