Air Force Space Command’s 50th Space Wing has deployed its Ground Mobile-3 satellite command and control operations vehicle and six airmen to Andersen AFB, Guam, aboard a C-17 airlifter. A little over two months ago, the 4th Space Operations Squadron had conducted a fit test for its GM-3 aboard a C-17, the culmination of some two years work. Prior to that, transporting the mobile satellite ops vehicle required a C-5 and cost a lot more money. The deployment marked the first overseas trip for a Milstar satellite operations crew in four years.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.