Dec 10, 2010 7:24 PM by Greg Boyce

Construction begins on space training facility

Construction began today on a $14 million facility at Peterson Air Force Base for the Air Force Space Command's new Space Education and Training Center.

The building will be complete in 2012.

"As the host command...we look forward to jointly preparing today's warrior Airmen in the realm of space," said Col. Stephen N. Whiting, 21st Space Wing commander.

Since 2004, the SETC has operated from a leased commercial facility in Colorado Springs because adequate on-base facilities did not exist anywhere within the region. While the current facilities are suitable, they were designed for business use, not specifically to promote academic excellence.

The center is made up of four organizations, including ASOpS; NSSI, which is part of the Air University's Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development; a Reserve component of the NSSI; and a Navy Cyber Forces detachment. The building and some other support functions will be run by the ASOpS.

Each year, ASOpS provides advanced training to more than 1,600 Depertment of Defense space professionals, while NSSI, the Air Force's space professional development school, provides first-class education to more than 800 space professionals annually.




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