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SMDC History: First space flight with two Army officers
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
November 24, 2016

The initial astronaut selection criteria issued by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration required jet pilot experience for all applicants. As a result, Army personnel were not eligible for astronaut duty. Although the criteria later changed to allow scientist astronauts, it was not until 1991 that two Army officers would serve together aboard the Space Shuttle. Read More...

SMDC team inspires local students
By Jason B. Cutshaw (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
November 17, 2016

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command team members not only inspire the future of the Army, but also the future of America. Read More...

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense School House earns 'Institute of Excellence' from TRADOC
By Dottie K. White (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
November 15, 2016

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense School House a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Future Warfare Center, recently earned the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's highest accreditation rating as an Institute of Excellence. Read More...

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense School House earns 'Institute of Excellence' from TRADOC
By Jason B. Cutshaw (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
November 15, 2016

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense School House a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Future Warfare Center, recently earned the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's highest accreditation rating as an Institute of Excellence. Read More...

SMDC leader participates in local Veterans Day events
By Jason B. Cutshaw (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
November 10, 2016

One Team Redstone leader spent time in the community and spoke with elementary students about the importance of honoring those who served and sacrificed to keep the nation safe. Read More...

Students take adventure in Army engineering
By Jason B. Cutshaw (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
November 9, 2016

More than 150 local high school students visited Redstone Arsenal Nov. 9 for the 16th annual Adventures in Engineering Day. Read More...

SMDC History: Soviet Union deploys Galosh
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
November 10, 2016

In recent weeks there has been much discussion in the news about the deployment of Russian missiles and missile defense systems. Fifty years ago this topic was also are the forefront. Read More...

SMDC Safety: Thanksgiving Safety
By U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center
November 7, 2016

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings friends and family together to share a good meal, conversation and laughter. But Thanksgiving also comes with several health hazards, including an increased chance of fires and food poisoning. Read More...

Army civilian enjoys her journey
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
November 7, 2016

Although she began her adventure in the Navy, one Army civilian serves on a team that provides satellite resource planning necessary to meet the joint and Army Warfighter’s satellite communication requirements. Read More...

SMDC teams up to find unity in their differences
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
November 4, 2016

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducted its first Equal Opportunity Focus Group recently to concentrate on issues involving race relations, diversity and equality within society and the workplace. https://www.army.mil/article/177881/SMDC_teams_up_to_find_unity_in_their_differences_/ Annual awards put first sergeants first By Kari Hawkins (AMCOM Public Affairs) October 28, 2016 One of Redstone Arsenal’s top enlisted Soldiers was honored Oct. 27 with a leadership award presented by the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. Read More...

RMI delegation visits SMDC
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 28, 2016

Leaders from the government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or RMI, visited the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command headquarters to learn more about the command's strategic mission and how it affects them. Read More...

First sergeant places Soldiers, mission first
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 28, 2016

One noncommissioned officer believes that leading Soldiers starts at the "Top." Read More...

SMDC Small Business Office exceeds fiscal year goals
By SMDC/ARSTRAT Press Release
October 28, 2016

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command exceeded all its Small Business Program goals with almost $300 million of its contract dollars going to small businesses. Read More...

SES says final farewell to SMDC
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 27, 2016

The senior civilian at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command said goodbye to friends and colleagues after 20 years of government service. Read More...

SMDC History: On the Road to Here; Remembering the FY95 Staff Realignment Study
By Sharon Watkins Lang (USASMDC/ARSTRAT Historical Office)
October 27, 2016

In the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, the autumn is a time for reassessment. Each October for the past several years, the command has reviewed its missions and personnel numbers to ensure that those areas are properly manned given the 25 percent phased reductions mandated in 2013. Read More...

SMDC Safety: Halloween Party Safety
By U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center
October 26, 2016

Autumn brings with it beautiful colors and a crisp chill to the air. It also brings with it one of the most popular holidays, Halloween. Halloween is not only popular with little kids. It is also growing in popularity among adults. Having a Halloween party is definitely great fun and this year nearly one in three adults will attend a Halloween party. Many attending these parties will be drinking alcohol. As people prepare for their ghoulish activities they should not forget to think about safety. Read More...

1st Space Battalion conducts activation ceremony
By Dottie K. White (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 20, 2016

The guidon of 8th Space Company, 1st Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, was unfurled for the first time during an activation ceremony Oct. 16. Read More...

Radar site celebrates 10 years in Japan
By Jason B. Cutshaw (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 19, 2016

After a decade on the job, one radar site continues to be a beacon of peace and stability in a sometimes unstable region. Read More...

SMDC leader addresses Cold War heroes
By Jason B. Cutshaw (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 18, 2016

The Rocket City gave a warm welcome to heroes who defended America and its allies during the Cold War. Read More...

SMDC History: Tactical Exploitation System fielded
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
October 13, 2016

Created in 1973, the Army Space Program Office, or ASPO, has had a long and rich history of providing technological capabilities that are responsive to the needs of the commander. Read More...

SMDC Safety: Autumn Safety
By U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center
October 12, 2016

Autumn brings one of the most beautiful times of the year with colorful leaves and pumpkins littering the ground. The season also brings up safety issues for the entire family. Nature presents beautiful displays in the form of fall leaves that welcome hikers and outdoor adventurers outdoors. Read More...

Army astronaut retires after 27 years of service
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 7, 2016

Some Soldiers retire and decide to circle the world on a cruise ship. One Soldier decided he would retire and circle it on the International Space Station. Read More...

SMDC trains record number of space Soldiers
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 7, 2016

When looking to the future of space operations, the nation continues to look to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. Read More...

WSOC Soldiers provides space support to the Warfighter
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
October 5, 2016

A fleet commander floating in the Atlantic Ocean cannot locate a satellite to establish a secret communication line because he has veered off course. What does he do? He calls the Soldiers of the Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Center. Read More...

1st Space Brigade welcomes home deployed Soldiers
By Dottie K. White (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 30, 2016

Employees and family members of the 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, welcomed home 29 Soldiers from a nine-month deployment during a ceremony September 29. Read More...

DAU fellows visit SMDC
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 30, 2016

Future civilian leaders from the Army learned how one command develops and provides current and future global space, missile defense, and high altitude forces and capabilities for the nation. Read More...

SMDC engineer retires
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 29, 2016

Ulpala Chiyyarath, SMDC Technical Center engineer, retired at the command's Redstone Arsenal headquarters Sept. 29. Read More...

SMDC engineer retires
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 29, 2016

Ken Strom, engineer, SMDC's Technical Center, retired at the command's Redstone Arsenal headquarters Sept. 29. Read More...

SMDC History: Missile defense testing moves to Wake Island
By By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
September 29, 2016

In the early 1990s, with greater emphasis placed on the development of theater missile defense assets, the research and development community was faced with some new challenges. A tactical ballistic missile target for example could carry a variety of warheads – conventional, chemical, biological or nuclear. Each would have their own signatures. Read More...

Longtime admin retires
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 28, 2016

Shelia Noel, USASMDC/ARSTRAT's Technical Center, retired in a ceremony at the command's Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, headquarters Sept. 27. Read More...

SMDC members named Army's top security team
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT Public Affairs)
September 23, 2016

Two security specialists were recognized by the Army for their dedication in securing the high ground. Read More...

SMDC leader keeps watch over vital mission
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT Public Affairs)
September 23, 2016

Keeping watch over a test facility more than 7,000 miles away is as easy as walking down a hallway in the Rocket City. Read More...

Army’s air defenders visit AMCOM
By Kari Hawkins (AMCOM Public Affairs)
September 21, 2016

Aviation and Missile Command leaders reached out to the Army’s air defense community at AMCOM headquarters Sept. 7-9 to provide them with information and networking opportunities that will further enable the Army’s missile systems readiness. Read More...

SMDC engineer retires
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 20, 2016

Walter R. Cruse, an engineer with USASMDC/ARSTRAT's Technical Center, retired during a ceremony Sept. 20 at the command's Redstone Arsenal headquarters. Read More...

First-hand experience offers better understanding of missions
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 19, 2016

Since first-hand experience is the best teacher of all, one U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leader hit the ground to visit the command's assets and meet its partner commands. Read More...

Team Redstone "Shows Some Love" at CFC kickoff
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 16, 2016

From the Heart of Dixie, federal employees are opening their hearts and wallets to support the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign. Read More...

SMDC History: On Orbit - Registration Required
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
September 15, 2016

Following the collision in February 2009 of an Iridium satellite and a non-functioning Russian satellite, NASA published an image which illustrates the number of man-made products that must be tracked. Read More...

Groundbased Midcourse Defense – The Ultimate Smart Weapon
By U.S. Army
September 13, 2016

It is the largest, fastest, and most intelligent projectile available to the US Army. Despite this you probably never heard of it nor the Army National Guard Soldiers who “pull the lanyard.” Read More...

Program keeps SMDC team ready and resilient
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 13, 2016

Soldiers, civilians and family members battle with many challenges, and the Army is making efforts to help them stay strong in the face of these encounters. Read More...

Team Redstone to kick off CFC
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 13, 2016

Over the next few weeks, members of the Tennessee Valley will soon have an opportunity to make a difference that can last a lifetime. Read More...

SMDC chaplain serves spiritual needs of command
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 9, 2016

From Alabama to Alaska and from Japan to Germany, the sun never sets on one chaplain’s mission to serve a global command. Read More...

Army scientists collaborate, share research
By David McNally (Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs)
September 9, 2016

Officials from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command began two-days of meetings and briefings at the Army Research Laboratory. Read More...

Meet your Army: Chief trains Soldiers to detect missiles
By David Vergun (Army News Service)
September 5, 2016

If an adversary launches a missile, the U.S. Army's 1st Space Battalion will detect it within seconds, according to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Manuel Marrero. Read More...

SMDC History: Missile defense following the Bottom-Up Review
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
September 1, 2016

To address these and other issues, in March 1993 Secretary of Defense Les Aspin called for a comprehensive Bottom-Up Review, or BUR, of the nation's strategies and plans, the composition of the defense forces and their equipment capabilities. Read More...


Mission, Vision & Goal

Mission
USASMDC/ARSTRAT develops and provides current and future global space, missile defense, and high altitude forces and capabilities to the Army, the joint force, and our interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational Allies and partners to enable mission command, enhance
deterrence and detection of strategic attacks, and protect U.S. vital interests in all domains.

Vision
A diverse, complex, and global command that provides critical capabilities to our Army, U.S. Strategic Command, combatant commands/Army Service Component Commands; in sync with JFCC-IMD... Read More...

Command Goal
To provide dominant space and missile defense capabilities for the Army and to plan for and integrate those capabilities in support of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCC) missions.

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