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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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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

Click Here to Download the Scholarship Application

2016 ASMDA Space Camp Class

The  ASMDA Space Camp Scholarship Class of 2016 just completed their week at Space Camp.  A luncheon was held in their honor on 6 July attended by Mayor Battle of Huntsville, Mayor Trulock of Madison, MG Hughes of MDA and other dignitaries from Redstone and the Huntsville community.  ASMDA's annual Space Camp Scholarship program is part of our STEM outreach and we sponsor a full class of 9-11 year olds at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.  This year we had students from Kwajalein (2), Alaska (2), Colorado Springs (2), Huntsville (8) and Omaha and Virginia (16 total).  ASMDA Space Camp scholarships are open to all organizations supported by ASMDA as well as employees of corporate members of ASMDA.  Applications open in April and are typically due 1 May.  Applicants are evaluated on school grades and a handwritten essay covering a variety of space related topics.