by Master Sgt. Kevin Williams
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
12/10/2013 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The
current Space Badge will be renamed the Space Operations Badge
beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Wear of the badge will be focused on personnel
with core 13S and 1C6 Air Force Specialty Codes, grandfathered are space
professionals of all other AFSCs awarded the badge prior to Jan. 1,
2014, and non-operations personnel awarded the badge after meeting
In a recent memorandum, General William L. Shelton, Commander, Air Force
Space Command said, "In order to clarify space mission roles and
responsibilities, I am restricting wear of the Space Operations Badge to
primarily space operations specialties and selected individuals who
have performed operations-focused duties."
Since selected Airmen outside operations AFSCs perform space
operations-focused duties, there is an approval process that allows
these individuals to apply for the Space Operations Badge.
Operations-focused duties include those directly employing space systems
to deliver space capabilities. Operations-focused duties include those
directly employing space systems to deliver space capabilities. Examples
include sending commands to satellites on orbit, performing
space-launch countdown duties, operations duties in the Joint Space
Operations Center and working a space staff assignment in Air Force
Space Command Headquarters.
Airmen in other fields may apply for a basic, senior or command badge
based on time spent performing operations-focused duties. To earn the
basic badge, members must have completed three years of
operations-focused duties and receive AFSPC vice commander approval. To
receive the senior badge, members must complete seven years of
operations-focused duties and get AFSPC vice commander approval. After
completion of 15 years of operations-focused duties and AFSPC vice
commander approval, Airmen are eligible for the command badge.