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2017 Space Camp Announcement and Scholarship Application

When: Sunday, 2 July 2017 – Friday, 7 July 2017

Where: Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama. See www.spacecamp.com for more information.

Who: Any child, age 9-11, of a parent or guardian currently assigned to USASMDC/ARSTRAT, JFCC IMD, PEO-M&S, AMCOM, AMRDEC, MSIC, NASA Marshall, or MDA. Military, government civilian, including matrix personnel, and contractors working for corporate members of ASMDA can apply. Visit our webpage at www.ASMDA.us and click on Corporate Members. Military and government personnel must apply for free membership to ASMDA to be eligible.

Selection Criteria: Essay, school grades, interest in science/space, location (goal of 2 HSV, 2 COS, 2 Kwajalein, 2 Alaska, and 2 Other), and financial need

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Wall of Honor 2011 Ribbon Cutting

By Kenneth Kesner, The Huntsville Times The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The economic challenges faced by the nation will lead to military force reductions and program changes and a different future for all, including the Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, said Lt. Gen. Richard Formica.

But as tough decisions are made, the SMDC leader said it’s critical – especially to a smaller Army and the envisioned “joint force” – that commanders and troops not be denied access to space and cyberspace capabilities.

“If the Army wants to be able to shoot, move and communicate, it needs space. If the nation wants to be protected from rogue nations’ ability to launch ballistic missiles, it needs missile defense,” Formica said Thursday, addressing the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association‘s annual meeting.

“I believe that exploiting the potential of space and missile defense capabilities will be more important in the future, where conflicts will take place in domains without boundaries, and where forward presence may be reduced,” he said.

No one can claim to be in a “growth industry” and no one will be immune from efficiency drills and budget cuts, Formica said. But he’s confident the tools provided by SMDC/ARSTRAT, which is headquartered on Redstone Arsenal, and by its allied commands “are more relevant than ever.”

He recounted some of SMDC’s accomplishments in 2011 – streamlining the command, launching the Army’s first nano-satellite and much, much more – and outlined some priorities for 2012. First and foremost, he said, is remaining focused on their core tasks of providing trained forces, space capability and research “while being disciplined stewards of our nation’s resources.”

The luncheon was held amid exhibits of Huntsville’s space history and technology in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. That’s where an ASMDA civilian “Wall of Honor” is now featuring portraits of men and women who have made significant contributions to missile defense over the decades.

For years, the wall had been at SMDC headquarters, but was moved so that the general public could enjoy and learn from it, said outgoing 2011 ASMDA President Debra Wymer, who is also director of SMDC’s Technical Center.

“The men and women inducted into the Wall of Honor are truly giants in our profession,” Wymer said. Today’s successes, the systems protecting troops around the world, can be directly traced to their efforts.

“Outstanding. It turned out well,” said Jess Granone, who is now with Decisive Analytics. He’s one of 45 people whose portrait is on the wall, and a member of the ASMDA committee that worked to make its move to the Davidson Center possible

(The Huntsville Times/Eric Schultz)

Joseph Butler and Dr. Edward Wilkenson, both former employees, chat during the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA) membership and awards luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at the Davidson Center in Huntsville, Ala. The ribbon cutting took place in front of the new Wall of Honor which has been relocated to the Davidson Center from the SMDC HQ on Redstone Arsenal.

Dr. Edward Wilkinson, a member of the Hall of Honor, talks about the wall during the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA) membership and awards luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at the Davidson Center in Huntsville, Ala. The ribbon cutting took place in front of the new Wall of Honor which has been relocated to the Davidson Center from the SMDC HQ on Redstone Arsenal.


(The Huntsville Times/Eric Schultz)

Joseph Butler and Dr. Edward Wilkenson, and Julian Davidson, all former employees, chat during the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA) membership and awards luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at the Davidson Center in Huntsville, Ala. The ribbon cutting took place in front of the new Wall of Honor which has been relocated to the Davidson Center from the SMDC HQ on Redstone Arsenal.


(The Huntsville Times/Eric Schultz)

Allison Thomas and Peggy Cerny, of Huntsville, look for Pete Cery’s name on the Wall of Honor during the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA) membership and awards luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at the Davidson Center in Huntsville, Ala. Pete Cerny has passed away, but Peggy, his wife, and Allison, his daughter, were proud to see his name on the wall. The ribbon cutting took place in front of the new Wall of Honor which has been relocated to the Davidson Center from the SMDC HQ on Redstone Arsenal.

Former Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer talks to Lt. Gen. Richard Formica during the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA) membership and awards luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at the Davidson Center in Huntsville, Ala. The ribbon cutting took place in front of the new Wall of Honor which has been relocated to the Davidson Center from the SMDC HQ on Redstone Arsenal.


(The Huntsville Times/Eric Schultz)

Jess Granone, Lt. Gen. Richard Formica , and Debra Wymer cut the ribbon during the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA) membership and awards luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at the Davidson Center in Huntsville, Ala. The ribbon cutting took place in front of the new Wall of Honor which has been relocated to the Davidson Center from the SMDC HQ on Redstone Arsenal.


(The Huntsville Times/Eric Schultz)

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ASMDA 2011 Space Camp Scholarship Group

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Accomplishments for 2011

  • Provided 16 full scholarships (an entire Space Camp Team) for 9-11 year olds to attend the 3–9 July 2011 USS&RC Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.  This year’s winners included children from Huntsville, Colorado Springs, Omaha, Kwajalein Atoll, Alaska, and Germany.
  • Inducted four new members into the Air, Space, and Missile Defense Distinguished Civilians Wall of Honor on 16 August 2011 as part of the Space and Missile Defense Conference.  This year’s inductees were Mr. James D. Brower, Mr. Joseph H. Butler, Dr. Rodney L. Robertson, and Mr. George G. Williams.
  • Awarded four $4,000 academic scholarships from the ASMDA “Loretta Spencer” College and University Scholarship program on 16 August 2011 as part of the Space and Missile Defense Conference.Awarded the first General Dodgen Memorial Academic Scholarship valued at $4,000 on 16 August 2011 as part of the Space and Missile Defense Conference.
  • Awarded four $1,000 academic scholarships from the ASMDA “Loretta Spencer” College and University Scholarship program to the Calhoun Scholarship Foundation to encourage students in the initial two years of college to pursue engineering, science, and math degrees.
  • Presented thirteen Space and Missile Defense Technical Achievement and Service Excellence Awards for both Government and contractor employees year in recognition of exceptional achievement in the development, test, and deployment of air, space, and missile defense systems.
  • Co-sponsored (with NDIA and UAH) 11th annual Adventures in Engineering Day, 28 September 2011. 475 regional high school juniors interested in math, science, and engineering were provided insights into exciting North Alabama career opportunities.  This day long program included tours, briefings, and hands-on demonstrations at various Redstone Arsenal Agencies.
  • Awarded $19,700 in Youth Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Grants to multiple Tennessee Valley organizations.  This year’s efforts supported STEM programs for over 8100 students including over 2,200 students who were non-majority or from Title I schools.
  • Provided organizing leadership and $10,000 seed money for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a revolutionary STEM program focused on modernizing classrooms.
  • Co-sponsored the annual Space and Missile Defense Conference, VBC, 15-18 August 2011.
  • Supported USASMDC/ARSTRAT’s Ball, AUSA Army 10 Miler, NCO and Soldier of the Year Program, Army Birthday Celebration, Surviving Soldiers Kin Organization, and the USASMDC Command Center at the Annual AUSA Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Provided $12,500 in grants to support community veteran efforts to include the Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation (proud sponsor of the Korean War Black Granite Marker), Blue Star Program, Gold Star Shadow Boxes, Operation Christmas Bear, Still Serving Veterans, Honor Flight (Tennessee Valley Chapter), Veterans Memorial Museums, Semper Fi Community Task Force, and Veterans Day Parade local band participation.
  • Conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the new Air, Space, and Missile Defense Wall of Honor in November 2011 now located in the US Space and Rocket Center’s Davidson Center.