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AMCOM Operations Officer Wins Academic Scholarship

By Gina Baltrusch, Aviation and Missile Command Public Affairs, August 14, 2019

An Aviation and Missile Command operations officer will continue studies toward a doctoral degree with the help of a $4,000 academic scholarship award she received Aug. 6 during the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville.

Capt. Maria Miranda applied for and won the 2019 Lt. Gen. Larry Dodgen Memorial University Scholarship, a program administered by the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association.

Miranda is a Reserve logistics officer serving a three-year assignment in AMCOM’s Operations Directorate. She plans to use the scholarship to continue her doctoral degree in public health at Walden University.

Miranda emigrated from Nicaragua to the United States with her parents in 1988 when she was 10. She became a U.S. citizen in 2005 while serving as an enlisted Soldier, then attended Officer Candidate School to become a Reserve officer in 2009. She holds a bachelor’s in physical education and health promotion, and a master of exercise science and rehabilitation. Miranda’s pursuit of a doctoral degree in public health puts her on a path toward supporting community health services and influencing positive social change in individuals’ health-related choices.

In her current assignment, Miranda processes all of the taskers that come into AMCOM – about 400-plus taskers every month. Across the Army, higher-echelon commands send numerous taskers to subordinate units for appropriate action. Taskers often have complex requirements, and need personnel, materials or equipment in order to complete.

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Register Now for The SMD Symposium, August 7-10, 2019. Sponsored by ASMDA

The SMD Symposium is the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community.  The symposium is widely attended by leaders and professionals from the United States and our allies around the world.  It is the ideal forum for conducting business face-to-face.  Participants can also earn continuing education credits.

Key features of this year’s symposium included the following:

  • Technology Track – Abstracts until May 25th, 2019
  • Tuesday evening networking event
  • Wednesday evening dinner 
  • Presentations from Senior Level National and International Leaders
  • Industry and Technology Panels
  • Exhibit Hall featuring Technology and Product Demonstrations

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ASMDA 2019 Scholars Attend Space Camp

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Sixteen students experience the future of space travel in the Rocket City.

The students, recipients of an Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association, or ASMDA, scholarship, spent June 30-July 5 at Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. On July 3, the scholarship winners were treated to lunch by members of the ASMDA board and had a chance to speak with those who made the week possible.

"I don't think I am exaggerating when I say I am looking at tomorrow's heroes," said Dr. Steve Pierce, chief technology officer, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. "Each one of you need to realize that you are the future. Don't focus on promotions and don't focus on money. Focus on what you can do to make a difference.

"There are a lot of people here who have a passion for space, have a passion for missile defense and have a passion for directed energy," he added. "Each one of you need to develop a passion and think of what you would like to do in the future."

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SMDC Leader Addresses Local Space and Missile Defense Community

By Jason B. Cutshaw, USASMDC/ARSTRAT Public Affairs - February 1, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, and commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, addressed the 23rd annual membership luncheon of the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association Jan. 30.

"Research and development of new capabilities has been one of SMDC's core tasks since it began, 60 years ago," Dickinson said. "SMDC's 60th anniversary coincides closely with another 60th anniversary, the launch of the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1. Explorer's effect on the course of our history can't be overstated."

Dickinson spoke to the audience of more than 250 about his pride in the Army's legacy. Soon after building the nation's first space program, the Army provided the core facilities, material and personnel NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center would become in 1960.

He explained how The Army Ordnance and Missile Command and Army Ballistic Missile Agency transferred 4,700 Army civil service employees and more than $100 million worth of buildings and equipment to the Kennedy Space Center and on Redstone Arsenal.

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