The Maui News
U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele and Deputy Chief of Staff Ikaika Mahoe visited the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Maui Research & Technology Park on March 19 to meet the island’s first U.S. Space Force officers and learn more about the national defense missions carried out at the Haleakala Summit.
During a briefing at the base of Haleakala in the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing headquarters, officials shared detailed information on the space missions at the Maui Space Surveillance System atop Haleakala, and the supercomputing facility below.
“The system in Maui is the most versatile ground-based electro-optical system in the world, and expands the nation’s ability to understand capability and intent of objects in space,” said Lt. Col. J. Chris Zingarelli, commander of Detachment 15.
Kahele said that the importance of the two missions to the country’s national security “cannot be overstated.”
“The visit was immensely informative,” said Kahele, an Air Force pilot who still serves in the Hawaii Air National Guard. “It was especially enlightening as it relates to standing up the United States Space Force and how those changes are taking place.”
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