The commander of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base presented the annual State of the Wing address Thursday.
The 21st Space Wing is the Air Force’s only organization providing missile warning, missile defense, space situational awareness, and space control operations to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide.
Col. Todd Moore said his first year in command has been a great year in terms of pursuing their mission and enhancing the understanding and knowledge of space and space operations. ‘
“Some of the more significant challenges that we’ve been able to overcome mostly surround our operations in terms of having over 800 airmen deploy, and supporting their families here at home, making sure they’re ready, over a third of which were directly in support of our space operations missions, and making sure that we’re doing everything we need to do to push capability downrange out to the combatant commanders.” Moore said.
The base plays a large role in the Colorado Springs economy, with an annual economic impact of about $1.24 billion. It employs about 10,000 personnel, including active duty, reserve, Guard, Army, Navy, Marines, Canadian Forces, and civilians.