Department Of Defense Manned Space Flight Support Office
The Department of Defense Manned Space Flight Support Office (DDMS) coordinated all United States Department of Defense (DoD) contingency support to United States NASA manned space flight programs. The office was inactivated in 2007 and replaced by a staff element that is part of the 45th Space Wing staff at Patrick Air Force Base, Fl.
The commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) was the DoD Manager for Manned Space Flight Support Operations. The 45th Space Wing commander at Patrick AFB, Florida, was the Deputy DoD Manager. The DDMS offices and staff were located at Patrick and were responsible for the day-to-day operations and support to NASA's manned space flights. Additionally, DDMS maintained a Landing Support Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
... After landing at locations other than Kennedy Space Center, the shuttle is ferried back to Florida on a modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft ... NASA personnel and equipment supporting ferry flight operations ... The office personnel fly with the NASA team on these ferry flights, providing specialized support en route at DoD installation stops ...
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