Having a reputation built on the program management and maintenance of fighter aircraft, the Sacramento Air Materiel Area (SMAMA) also had logistical support responsibilities for the SM-64 Navaho missile until June 1957. At that time, an Air Materiel Command directive removed Sacramento from direct support of missile programs.
However, Sacramento's location in relation to Vandenberg AFB and Lockheed facilities in the San Francisco area ideally suited this command to become the major focal point for space logistics. For example, in May 1959, SMAMA became the prime support manager for the Air Force Discoverer satellite program. Follow-on programs included the Agena space vehicle and the SAMOS and MIDAS satellite systems. SMAMA provided indirect support for ICBM programs by maintaining the tanks for holding the corrosive fuels and oxidizers needed for liquid-fueled rocket engines and by establishing a branch facility at Vandenberg AFB to work on telemetry and guidance components prior to missile launches.