Starlink Satellite Launch Marks Inaugural Launch for 45th Space Wing

Starlink Satellite Launch Marks Inaugural Launch for 45th Space Wing

The Air Force staffs around 16,000 personnel that support the five branches and are now part of the new division. Apart from the 45th Space Wing, the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force, Colorado, the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, and the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado have also been allocated to the U.S. Space Force.

FREMONT, CA: The SpaceX Starlink launch on January 6, marked the first launch of 2020 and also the 45th Space Wings inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space Force. Headquartered at the Patrick Air Force Base, the 45th Space Wing oversees the preparation and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral and operates the Eastern Range. It is also one of the five Air Force Space Wings that has been assigned under the U.S. Space Force with effect from December 20, 2019, when President Donald Trump signed the Nation Defense Authorizations Act making the U.S. Space Force the sixth branch of the armed forces.

“I’m excited for the 45th Space Wing to be a part of the U.S. Space Force,” wing commander Brig. Gen. Doug Schiess. The space wings functions remain the same despite the addition to the Space Force and will continue doing what it has been doing to date. It will take at least 18 months to sort out the details of how the U.S. Space Force will be structured and staffed. As of now, it will be composed of uniformed and civilian personnel who have worked under the Air Force Space Command. These employees will continue to remain airmen within the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force will figure out the process for service members to leave the Air Force and officially transfer to the U.S. Space Force.

The Air Force staffs around 16,000 personnel that support the five branches and are now part of the new division. Apart from the 45th Space Wing, the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force, Colorado, the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, and the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado have also been allocated to the U.S. Space Force. "The effects the new Space Force will have on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Patrick Air Force Base has not been announced yet, but continuing to successfully accomplish the mission without interruption is our top priority," Schiess said.

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