PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Guardian Challenge, the Air Force's only space and missile competition, returns to glory this August following last year's hiatus...
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Air Force Space Command has announced that all systems are go for Guardian Challenge 2006 at Peterson AFB, Colo., ultimately determining the top space and missile warriors in the Air Force.
Recent military operations, such as the attack on terrorist Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, have demonstrated the integral and integrated nature of space to national defense. Guardian Challenge provides the testing ground for the readiness and combat capabilities key to America's space professionals.
Last year's Guardian Challenge was cancelled due to real-world deployments and to ease budget constraints. This year, organizers moved the competition here from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., to cut costs as we continue to fight the Global War on Terror.
This year, space and missile competitions occurred at their respective bases, with the exception of security forces and helicopters. Security Forces will hold their competition in Colorado Springs during Guardian Challenge, Aug. 14-17, while the helicopter crews competed at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 9-11. Guardian Challenge will culminate with the score posting and awards banquet here, Aug. 17.
Guardian Challenge features about 150 competitors from AFSPC units seeking to further improve mission effectiveness. All AFSPC installations are represented this year.
Media are invited to cover the following events:
Aug. 13, Team Arrival, 1 p.m., at Peterson Air Force Base
Aug. 14, Opening Ceremony, 7:30 a.m., at Peterson Air Force Base
Aug. 15, Security Forces Tactics and Firing Competition, noon, at U.S. Air Force Academy
Aug. 16, Security Forces Obstacle Course Competition, 8 a.m., at Schriever Air Force Base
Aug. 17, Awards Ceremony and Score Posting Banquet, 4:30 p.m., at Peterson Air Force Base
Media interested in covering any of Guardian Challenge events should contact Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Thibault, Air Force Space Command Public Affairs, at (719) 554-3732, or e-mail Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org before noon, Friday, Aug. 11.
Guardian Challenge is hosted by Air Force Space Command. Created Sept. 1, 1982, AFSPC is a major command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. AFSPC defends North America through the development, acquisition and operation of the Air Force's space and missile systems. The command oversees a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and ensures the combat readiness of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force and comprises more than 39,000 people, including 25,000 active-duty military and civilians and 13,700 contractor employees. AFSPC bases include: Schriever, Peterson and Buckley, CO; Los Angeles and Vandenberg, Calif., Patrick, Fla; F.E. Warren, Malmstrom, Mont.; and one wing is located at Minot, N.D., an Air Combat Command base. In addition, many geographically separated units span the globe.