Space institute begins advanced missile warning course|
6/14/2006 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFPN) -- The National Security Space Institute will conduct the first-of-its-kind missile warning advanced course here July 24. This 13-week course is designed to create experts in the missile warning and defense mission arena.
The course will provide in-depth education on missile warning and defense with a focus on space-based warning assets. Topics include sensor physics, enemy threat systems, warning architectures; air-, land-, sea- and space-based sensors, missile warning, and missile defense operations centers, warning processes and tactics.
“Our graduates will be the pioneering space professionals whose knowledge encapsulates all tactical aspects of missile warning and missile defense,” said George Glass, one of the course’s lead instructors. “These instructor graduates will be qualified to teach, lead and apply their knowledge to maximize the warfighters’ understanding and employment of missile warning and missile defense system capabilities.”
Students selected for this first class include missile warning space professionals with backgrounds in satellite and ground operations, systems acquisitions, maintenance, operations and operational-level planning.
The students selected to attend the initial class are:
Capt. Jerade Tipton, 21st Space Wing, Wing Operations Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
Capt. Michelle Redden, 21st SW, 7th Space Warning Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
1st Lt. Andrew Wallace, 21st SW, 6th SWS, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass.
Master Sgt. Brent Barkman, 460th SW, 460th Operations Group Standards and Evaluations, Buckley AFB, Colo.
Tech. Sgt. James Franciere, 460th SW, 2nd SWS, Buckley AFB
Tech. Sgt. Susan Sparks, 21st SW, WOC, Peterson AFB
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Wortmans, Strategic Command, Joint Functional Component Command, Space and Global Strike, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Hatfield, 1st Space Company, Peterson AFB
“I think it's truly an honor to have been selected for the course,” Sergeant Franciere said. “Having written the missile warning portion of the Enlisted Space 100 course, I'm anxious to see the insight the NSSI will provide to their students in regards to this important aspect of defending the U.S. and our troops overseas.”
Selection for this course is competitive with units worldwide submitting nominations. The next course is scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2007.
(Courtesy of Air Force Space Command News Service)