The Division of Protection designated First Air Drive as ‘Air Forces Area’ (AFSPACE), and the fifth service part to U.S. Area Command Might 3. The change postures First Air Drive to offer airpower experience and advocacy in assist of USSPACECOM’s mission to conduct operations in, from and to area whereas integrating spacepower into the assist of First Air Drive’s homeland protection mission. Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Air Drive Chief of Employees, named First Air Drive because the USSPACECOM air part in February 2021. Following that, Gen. Mark Kelly, Air Fight Command commander, established an Operational Planning Crew to find out the assets required to satisfy the brief and long-term calls for for this new mission.

ACC is the pressure supplier for AFSPACE, and current Continental United States NORAD Area and Air Forces Northern roles, tasks and authorities. On July 15, 2021, First Air Drive, now AFSPACE, assumed the operational command and management of the Human Area Flight Help, or HSFS, mission, which was beforehand executed by the Mixed Drive Area Part Command at Vandenberg Area Drive Base, Calif. This First Air Drive mission is executed by its assigned Detachment 3 (Det. 3) based mostly at Patrick Area Drive Base, Fla. Det. 3, previously commanded by Area Launch Delta 45, realigned underneath First Air Drive throughout a redesignation and alter of command ceremony held at Cape Canaveral Area Drive Station, Fla, additionally that day. Air Drive Lt. Gen. Kirk Pierce, commander, First Air Drive, Continental U.S. NORAD Area, AFNORTH, and now AFSPACE, affirmed his workforce’s dedication to USSPACECOM.


Pararescuemen from numerous items across the nation arrived at Patrick Air Drive Base, Fla., Might 6, 2020, working with forty fifth Operations Group, Detachment 3 personnel and mission companions within the weeks main as much as the return to human spaceflight. Workouts passed off at Cape Canaveral Air Drive Station and off the coast of CCAFS, engaged on ways and procedures for astronaut rescue and restoration operations. (U.S. Area Drive picture by Senior Airman Dalton Williams)

“As USSPACECOM continues to realize key milestones in the direction of reaching Full Operational Functionality, the designation of AFSPACE and the realignment of Human Area Flight Help actions underneath AFSPACE demonstrates the speedy tempo at which the command and elements are transferring to offer a protected and safe area surroundings. AFSPACE has achieved an Preliminary Working Functionality (IOC), and like USSPACECOM, is at some extent the place it might probably credibly declare to be organized and efficient for using our enduring, no-fail supporting capabilities to the joint pressure and civil companions.,” mentioned U.S. Military Gen. James H. Dickinson, U.S. Area Command commander.

“Area-based capabilities allow nearly each ingredient of our nationwide energy, together with diplomatic, info, army and financial. It’s an honor to assist that bigger image with our actions at a private degree. This consists of our new accountability to plan, prepare and execute worldwide rescue and restoration of NASA astronauts throughout contingency operations,” mentioned Air Drive Lt. Gen. Kirk Pierce.

Human Area Flight Help operations are carried out by the Division of Protection when requested by NASA, and validated by the DoD. These operations embody the contingency search and rescue of NASA and NASA-sponsored astronauts. For all crewed area flights, Det. 3 oversees the coaching and posturing of rescue forces on alert at Patrick Area Drive Base, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Moreover, Det. 3 is liable for coordinating astronaut rescue and restoration, contingency touchdown web site assist, payload safety, medical assist, coordination of airlift/sealift for contingency operations, in addition to different assist providers required within the occasion of a spacecraft emergency. Det. 3 has an extended and distinguished historical past working carefully with NASA to plan and coordinate DoD rescue, restoration, and retrieval assist for his or her crewed area missions.