Training begins today at Schriever AFB, Colo. on Air Force Space Command’s most advanced payload—the Space Based Infrared System’s Highly Elliptical Orbit-1, launched last fall. According to an AFSPC release, the command has selected 10 airmen—crew commanders and crew chiefs first—to undergo the ground floor training for this new system. Among the advances of the SBIRS HEO-1 is its increased sensitivity, allowing operators to detect less visible missile launches and to more accurately locate them. It also allows operators to task the sensor to locate targets of opportunity.
May 23, 2022
The Department of the Air Force announced the retirements of several key leaders within the Air Force and Space Force on May 23, while also unveiling more than a dozen new assignments for current or future one-star generals.