VANDERBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Senior Enlisted Leaders Training Conference is scheduled for March 24-25 at the Pacific Coast Club here.

The theme for the conference is "The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer."

Guest speakers scheduled for this event include the USASMDC/ARSTRAT commanding general, the sergeant major of the Army, the USSTRATCOM command senior enlisted leader and other distinguished guests.

The conference attendees will consist of platoon sergeants and above. The intent is to conduct a well planned and executed senior enlisted leaders training conference to discuss and engage on the "Year of the NCO" initiatives. The end state is to enhance the professional development of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT and the Joint Functional Component Command-Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD) senior enlisted leaders. The conference will provide a forum for former USASMDC/ARSTRAT command sergeants major, selected nominative command sergeants major, National Guard Bureau, Alaska/California/Colorado State National Guard command sergeants major, in order to promote a free exchange of ideas, insights and lessons learned.

Wednesday, March 25, will feature Army Astronaut Lt. Col. Shane Kimbrough as the guest speaker beginning at 11 a.m.

Kimbrough joined the NASA team at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in September of 2000. He completed his first space flight in 2008 with STS-126.

STS-126 Endeavour (Nov. 14-30, 2008) launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. It was NASA's 4th shuttle flight in 2008 and the 27th Shuttle/Station assembly mission. Highlights of the almost 16-day mission included expanding the living quarters of the space station to eventually house six-member crews by delivering a new bathroom, kitchenette, two bedrooms, an exercise machine, and a water recycling system.

During the mission Kimbrough performed two space walks logging a total of 12 hours and 52 minutes of EVA. STS-126 also delivered a new resident to the station, replacing Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 17-18 with Sandy Magnus, Expedition 18. STS-126 returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits in more then six million miles.

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For additional information, contact the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Public Affairs Office at (256) 955-3887 or (256) 509-2862.