Beale AFB Community
7TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON
A unique weapon system in the Beale community is the Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System or PAVE PAWS operated by the dedicated men and women of the 7th Space Warning Squadron (7 SWS). 7 SWS has three distinct missions: to watch for incoming sea-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) or intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) off of the West Coast, provide targeting data for interceptor kill vehicles as part of the National Ballistic Missile Defense architecture, and track near-earth space objects. 7 SWS is a tenant unit at Beale AFB and part of the 21st Space Wing and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) which are located at Peterson AFB, Colorado. The radar’s two co-primary missions; detection and warning of SLBM and ICBM attacks against the United States and Canada, and Missile Defense, make it a vital component of America’s Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment (ITW/AA) system, supporting the U.S. Northern Command, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Strategic Command, and the National Command Authorities. The unit’s secondary mission is space surveillance where 7SWS personnel are tasked by the Joint Space Operations Center to provide positional and velocity information on all near-earth orbiting satellites that pass through its field of view to include the International Space Station. The unit started as the 7th Missile Warning Squadron upon achieving initial operational capability on Aug. 15, 1980. Beginning in 1986, it became a multinational squadron, with U.S. Air Force and Canadian forces personnel assigned to operate the radar. After being realigned under AFSPC in 1992, the unit added the space surveillance mission and changed its name to 7th Space Warning Squadron. In 1994, maintenance and support services were contracted out. These services are currently provided by British Aerospace Engineering. Finally, in 2007, 7 SWS added the Missile Defense Mission and became part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System, a network of advanced sensors, radars and command, control, and communications that cues and assists interceptors in destroying enemy missiles with hit-to-kill technology.
DETACHMENT 21 (AETC)
Detachment 21 of the 372nd Training Squadron, 982nd Training Group, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, provides world class aircraft maintenance training to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and its partners within the ISR community. Its stated mission is to “Optimize aerospace maintenance training to best support the ISR missions of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.” Nineteen instructors from across 10 aircraft maintenance and communications career fields develop and deliver 36 formal AETC maintenance courses. Courses cover in-depth theory of operation and advanced troubleshooting on U-2 and RQ-4 aircraft systems, U-2 and T-38 egress systems and aerospace ground equipment. Detachment 21 conducts more than 200 classes and graduates over 600 students annually.
DETACHMENT 4 21ST OPERATIONS GROUP AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND
Detachment 4 of the 21st Operations Group is a tenant unit and is part of the 21st Space Wing and Air Force Space Command which are located at Peterson AFB, Colorado. Detachment 4 is co-located with the 7th Space Warning Squadron. This new unit is responsible for providing initial qualification training for future operators of the various 21st Space Wing Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR) sites across the world that provide watch for incoming sea-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) or intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) off of the West Coast, provide targeting data for interceptor kill vehicles as part of the National Ballistic Missile Defense architecture, and track near-earth space objects. The 5-week course provides comprehensive academic and performance based training for upcoming crew commanders and crew chiefs who will fulfill the Missile Warning, Missile Defense, and Space Surveillance missions of UEWR. U.S. Air Force and Canadian forces are provided classroom lectures, group discussions, and individual self-study. Additionally, students perform practical applications accomplished by use of a unique UEWR simulator capable of providing coverage displays and situations as they would occur in real world scenarios.