Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mike Pence plans spin through military bases in El Paso County

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 12:53 PM

click to enlarge Vice President Mike Pence plans a tour of the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado Springs on Friday, June 23. - GINO SANTA MARIA/ SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Vice President Mike Pence plans a tour of the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado Springs on Friday, June 23.
In tandem with his visit to Focus on the Family on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence will avail himself of several military base visits as well.

According to a news advisory from Peterson Air Force Base, after Pence's appearance at Focus, to mark its 40th anniversary, the nation's second in command will drop in at Schriever Air Force Base, located east of Colorado Springs.

Schriever is home to the 50th Space Wing, among other units, described by the Air Force as being responsible "for the operation and support of 175 Department of Defense satellites and installation support to 16 major tenant units with a workforce of more than 7,700 personnel."
The 50 SW provides integrated combat effects from space, ensures command and control of satellite weapons systems, and conducts expeditionary operations to enable sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests.

The wing operates and supports satellite programs including the Global Positioning System, Defense Satellite Communications System, Wideband Global SATCOM, Milstar, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, Space Based Space Surveillance, Operationally Responsive Space-1, Advanced Extremely High Frequency and the worldwide Air Force Satellite Control Network supporting 175 satellites.

The wing operates satellite operation centers at Schriever AFB and remote tracking stations and other command and control facilities around the world. Through these facilities, wing personnel monitor satellites during launch, put satellites in their proper orbits following launch, operate the satellites while they are in orbit, ensure effective and efficient satellites operations and properly dispose of the satellites at their end of life.
At Schriever, Pence will be briefed on the highly classified facility, have lunch with service members and give remarks.

After that, Pence will head for the Cheyenne Mountain Complex located at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. The mountain contains a backup station for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command.

Pence will end his visit with a "Gardner Victory Event," details of which were not provided.

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