The Board of El Paso County Commissioners had some special visitors from the United States Air Force this week.
During its regular Tuesday meeting, the Board recognized the 35th year of the Air Force Space Command and proclaimed Sept. 1, 2017 as Air Force Space Command Day.
District 3 Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, who also served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, read the proclamation into the record, noting that the Air Force Space Command was created in 1982 to “defend America through its space and, later intercontinental ballistic missile and cyberspace operations.”
“It’s an outstanding mission,” VanderWerf said. “We appreciate all that you’re doing for defending our nation.”
Air Force Space Command is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in eastern Colorado Springs. Brig. Gen. Trent Edwards and Chief Master Sgt. Ivanis Washington were at Tuesday’s meeting to accept the proclamation on behalf of Space Command.
“Wow, what an honor it is to stand before you this morning,” Edwards said. “Thank you so much for the support that the local community provides the men and women who serve. This is a small indication of the partnership between the County and Air Force Space Command.”
Along with the vital role Space Command has played in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and other combat operations, it also develops cyberspace systems, provides missile warnings, develops and executes GPS satellites for billions of users worldwide, and monitors and tracks 23,000 man-made objects in space.
Edwards said Space Command’s service goes well beyond defense. He mentioned quality of life has been improved by navigational, entertainment and other advantages gained through many of the satellites that Space Command tracks.
“It’s our honor to recognize you and everybody who wears the uniform,” Board President Darryl Glenn said