SECAF makes first stop at Buckley’s backup location

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  • By Airman Jacob Deatherage
  • 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
Leadership from the Air Force Space Command welcomed the Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson, May 23, to Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., to see the mission of the deployed Buckley AFB Airmen at their backup Mission Control Station.

Wilson’s tour of the space wing highlights her focus on the space and missile warning mission executed to provide battle space awareness to combatant commanders across the globe.

Defense spending for U.S. space programs is expected to increase, with funds going toward better protection for military satellites, said Wilson. The Air Force supports eighty percent of U.S. space operations, and the military relies heavily on satellites to gather information and coordinate movements.

The honorary visit marks the SECAF’s first official stop at a military installation, and pushes the priority of the mission in space to Buckley and its counterparts.