50th Space Wing
The host unit at Schriever AFB, the 50th SW is proudly called the “Master of Space.” This motto comes from the “Master of the Sky” heritage of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hahn Air Base, Germany (inactivated in 1991).
The 50th SW traces its official heritage to the 50th Fighter Wing activated in 1949. Assigned to 1st Air Force in the Eastern Air Defense Sector, the wing operated fighter and fighter interceptor aircraft until its inactivation in 1951. Activated at Clovis Air Force Base, N.M., in 1953, the wing re-equipped with the advanced F-86 Fighter-Bomber and became the 50th Fighter-Bomber Wing. Following training, the wing, led by officers such as then Maj. Charles E. Yeager, moved to Hahn Air Base, Germany, to serve as a counter to Soviet expansion in Europe. From 1953 until 1991, the wing’s aircrews operated the Air Force’s most advanced fighters, eventually fielding the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
After searching for the best location, defense officials approved plans in September 1979 for the development of a military installation to house a new Combined Space Operations Center. Construction began May 17, 1983, on what was originally known as Falcon AFS. The base’s first host unit, the 2nd Space Wing, activated July 8, 1985. With construction continuing on Falcon AFS, the 2nd SW moved onto the new base after a dedication ceremony in September 1985. Due to an increased mission and new Air Force policy, Falcon AFS became Falcon Air Force Base, June 13, 1988.
In December 1990, the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing sent its 10th Tactical Fighter Squadron, outfitted with its best aircraft and crews, to Saudi Arabia. Arriving only two weeks before the beginning of hostilities with Iraq, the wing’s pilots and maintenance teams quickly learned new techniques and tactics for the upcoming air war. When Operation Desert Storm began, crews began attacking Iraqi air bases to keep Iraqi air forces grounded. Within days, crews moved to targeting Iraq’s scud missile launch sites. In combat operations, the wing lost one aircraft and one pilot was taken prisoner. Following its combat tour, the 10th TFS returned to Hahn, where the rest of the wing was preparing to inactivate and close the air base as part of a realignment of U.S. forces in Europe.
In 1992, more changes came to Falcon AFB. Military force reductions in Europe and around the world led to the inactivation of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hahn Air Base, Germany, on Sept. 30, 1991. In an effort to preserve the heritage of the Air Force’s most distinguished units, Headquarters, United States Air Force redesignated the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing the 50th SW and assigned it to Air Force Space Command for activation. AFSPC activated the 50th SW at Falcon AFB Jan. 30, 1992. Concurrent with the activation of the 50th SW, the command inactivated the 2nd SW. The 50th SW absorbed the personnel, equipment, facilities and functions of the inactivated 2nd SW and continued to provide operational control and support for several satellite systems.
Today, the 50th SW operates remote tracking stations, satellite operations centers and other command and control facilities around the world.
These facilities monitor satellites during launch, put the satellites in their proper orbits following launch, monitor and control the satellites while they are in orbit, fix satellite anomalies when they occur and dispose of satellites when they reach the end of their useful life.
The wing also operates several satellite systems including the Global Positioning System, the Defense Satellite Communications System, the Wideband Global SATCOM and Milstar.
The wing is composed of three groups: 50th Operations Group, 50th Network Operations Group and 50th Mission Support Group.
The wing, including its worldwide locations, has approximately 5,000 military, civilian and defense contractor personnel. The base is also home to a number of tenant units, including the Space Innovation Development Center, elements of the Missile Defense Agency, the 310th Space Wing and elements of the Naval Space Operations Command and the U.S. Army 1st Satellite Control Battalion.
50th Space Wing Staff Agencies
The 50th Space Wing Antiterrorism office is located in Building 15, Room 115. The AT office seeks to blunt terrorist operations against Department of Defense affiliated personnel, their families, facilities and assets under the control of the 50th Space Wing. The office accomplishes this by working with key installation agencies to collect and disseminate timely threat information, training wing personnel, developing comprehensive plans to deter and counter terrorist incidents and implementing AT measures to mitigate threats. For more information, call (719) 567-5618 or DSN: 560-5618.
The 50th Space Wing Chaplain office is located in building 300, Room 149. There is a religious education room in 146 and a meditation room in 104, both in building 300. A Protestant Contemporary Worship Service meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Multi-purpose building located on the west side of the Fitness Center. Please contact our office for more information about Young Adult and Religious Education programs. To reach the office, call (719) 567-3705 or DSN: 560-3705. The chaplain can be reached after normal duty by calling the Wing Command Post at (719) 567-2180 or DSN: 560-2180.
The 50th Comptroller Squadron customer service counter is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Finance customer service opens for shift workers at 7:30 a.m. every day except Tuesdays. The 50th CPTS is located in Building 210, Room 146. Customer service handles all pay and travel related services including travel claims, military pay matters, cash collection of debts, allotments (start and stop) and more. For additional information, call (719) 567-2010 or DSN: 560-2010.
Drug Demand Reduction Program
The 50th Space Wing Drug Testing office is located in Building 500, Room 156. The Drug Demand Reduction Program office conducts drug testing for military personnel and civilians who are in testing designated positions. The Drug Demand Reduction Program is also responsible for administering, coordinating, monitoring, implementing and executing military drug testing IAW AFI 44-120, “Drug Abuse Testing Program” and civilian drug-testing program IAW the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Plan. The main objective of the program is designed to enhance mission readiness and foster a drug-free environment through a comprehensive program of education, prevention, deterrence and community outreach. For more information, call the Drug Testing Office at (719) 567-5068 or DSN: 560-5068, or call the DDRP manager at (719) 567-7377 or DSN: 560-7377.
The 50th Space Wing History office is located in Building 210, Room 144. The historian researches, writes and publishes the official history of the wing and its subordinate units, prepares special historical studies and monographs, advises the commander on U.S. Air Force history and heritage programs and responds to historical queries from the wing, other government agencies and the public. The historian also manages a repository of historical research and reference materials, including photographs and videos, advises commanders on unit lineage and heraldry issues and maintains the 50th Space Wing’s heritage displays. The 50th SW HO can be contacted at (719) 567-6877 or DSN: 560-6877.
The 50th Space Wing Inspector General office, located in Building 210, Room 313, is responsible for the Air Force IG Complaints and Fraud, Waste and Abuse Programs. The 50th SW/IG encourages using the chain of command for resolving issues, although personnel always have the option of coming to the IG with issues. The following contact numbers are available for filing complaints:
(719) 567-3764 or DSN: 560-3764;
(719) 567-2109 or DSN: 560-2109;
(719) 556-6361 or DSN: 834-6361
Log on to www.my.af.mil; click on ‘Bases-Orgs-Functional Areas’ and select ‘Org A-Z Listing.’ Scroll down and select ‘AFSPC/IG—Inspector General,’ then ‘Complaints Resolution Division.’ http://www.ig.hq.af.mil/igq/
All active duty military, dependents and retirees are eligible to receive free legal advice through the Legal Assistance Program at the 50th Space Wing Judge Advocate office located in Building 210, Room 116. The attorneys in the legal office can give advice on a wide range of legal issues such as consumer matters, tax preparation, divorce and leases. Matters beyond the scope of the Legal Assistance Program are criminal or military justice matters and business ventures. The advice provided by an attorney, including any communication between the attorney and client, is strictly confidential with very few exceptions. Guard members and reservists may also call the legal office to get information on what legal services are available to them. Legal assistance is provided on a walk-in basis Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wills are by appointment only on Wednesdays. Notaries and power of attorneys are daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a walk in basis. For more information, call (719) 567-5050 or DSN: 560-5050.
The 50th Space Wing Equal Opportunity office is located in Building 210, Room 271. The EO office services both military and civilian federal employees (appropriated/non-appropriated) and applicants assigned to Schriever AFB. Any civilian employee who believes they have been discriminated against because of race/color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or reprisal must contact the EO counselor within 45 days of the incident. Schriever AFB offers mediation in all applicable cases as an alternative dispute resolution. Military members should make contact within 60 days of the alleged offense. Unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment is contrary to good order and discipline and counterproductive to combat readiness and mission accomplishment. The EO office also conducts unit climate assessments for commanders and offers human relations education training through First Duty Station and Newcomers Orientation classes. For more information, call (719) 567-5310/7096 or DSN 560-5310/7096.
Plans and Programs
The 50th Space Wing Plans and Programs office, located in Building 210, Room 228, is responsible for wing planning and programming activities that keep the 50th Space Wing at the leading edge of space operations. XP acts as the “front door” for all potential new missions, facilities or organizations to be added at SAFB or any of the 50 SW’s worldwide facilities. This includes all site-survey and bed-down actions for new missions or organizations as well as all new satellite missions coming to the Air Force Satellite Control Network; coordinating and integrating their requirements to ensure mission success. XP also develops wing operational, contingency and implementation plans. For more information, call (719) 567-2659 or DSN: 560-2659.
The 50th Space Wing Protocol office is located in Building 210, Room 335. Protocol provides proper guidance and etiquette to the wing commander for military and social functions. Protocol also plans itineraries, tours, commander’s conferences, change of command ceremonies, retirements, promotions, other wing hosted conferences, executive meetings, etc. for 50th Space Wing and Schriever AFB. For more information, call (719) 567-5048 or DSN: 560-5048.
The 50th Space Wing Public Affairs office is the primary release authority for public information from and about the base. PA also ensures information contained in wing publications and the public Web site, www.schriever.af.mil, does not include sensitive or classified items that may be accessed by an outside entity. PA is composed of three areas—community relations, which coordinates tours on base; media relations, which provides base information to media representatives; and internal information, which is responsible for the online version of the base newspaper, the base marquee and the base guide. PA can be contacted at (719) 567-5040 or DSN: 560-5040.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is the lead for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program at Schriever AFB, located in Building 210, Room 222.
The program offers advocacy, support and referral to support agencies both on and off base for victims. Personnel who have past sexual assault issues exacerbated by environment or training are also provided with support and referral services and are encouraged to call.
Training is provided on an ongoing basis to all personnel with the intention of changing the culture and thinking in regard to gender issues and how they impact victims, alleged perpetrators and our attitude in regard to sexual assault.
The office also coordinates the Volunteer Victim Advocate program, recruiting, training and supervising volunteers who provide support to victims. A wide variety of brochures, flyers and pamphlets and a library of books and videos on sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence are available for checkout by all Schriever AFB personnel.
For more information, contact the SARC at (719) 567-7634 or DSN: 560-7634. For emergencies, or to report an assault, call the SARC 24-hour hotline at (719) 567-SARC (7272).
Wing Command Post
The 50th Space Wing Command Post is the “eyes and ears” for the 50th Space Wing commander. It gathers and disseminates information to assist leadership in making critical decisions that affect the base and its assets. The WCP provides command and control for 14 worldwide operational space units. WCP personnel act as the wing liaison interfacing with 14th Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, HQ Air Force, Joint Chief of Staff and the Office of the President. The command post can be contacted by calling (719) 567-2180 or DSN: 560-2180.
The 50th Space Wing Safety office, located in Building 210, Room 148-B, is responsible for implementing federal, state and local safety programs and manages the 50th Space Wing commander’s safety program.
Wing Safety provides training and advice on operational risk management, weapons safety, space safety, system safety, traffic safety, supervisor safety, local conditions and general industry and construction safety. Safety provides reimbursements to military and department of defense civilians after completion of motorcycle safety training. Safety office personnel also review technical change requests, plans and permits to ensure safe construction, system modifications or upgrades assuring mission capability and personnel safety.
Safety conducts scheduled and no-notice safety inspections of all units on base and geographically separated units around the world to identify hazards and make recommendations to commanders for corrective action. Wing Safety also investigates all mishaps to include ground (military—on/off base regardless of duty status) and space to find root causes and make recommendations to commanders to prevent future mishaps.
Additionally, Safety investigates all reported hazards. Hazards should be corrected at the lowest level; however, they will be investigated when reported. Contact a unit ground safety representative or orbital safety officer for mishap reporting and hazard reporting procedures.
Wing Safety can be reached at (719) 567-SAFE (7233) or DSN: 560-7233, by e-mail at 50SWSafety.Workflow@us.af.mil or on the Air Force Portal at www.my.af.mil. Click on ‘Bases-Orgs-Functional Areas’ and select ‘Org A-Z Listing.’ Scroll down and select ’50th Space Wing Safety.’
50th Operations Group
The 50th Operations Group directs the Department of Defense’s largest satellite operations group providing combat effects to all levels of conflict via secure communication, navigation, space surveillance and intelligence operations of 50 satellites for national leadership, U.S. and allied forces and civil and federal agencies. 50th OG conducts defensive counterspace, ensuring space superiority. The group leads eight active duty, Reserve and Guard units with 1,300 space professionals operating $46 billion in assets through 39 global command, control and communication facilities.
50th Operations Support Squadron
The 50th Operations Support Squadron leads operational training programs and policies to ensure combat readiness for the DoD’s largest satellite wing with hundreds of operators and multiple operational squadrons operating 50 satellites worth more than $47 billion. In support of operational readiness, 50th OSS provides 22,000 hours of comprehensive weapon system training and produces more than 5,100 training materials in the form of lesson plans, study guides, tests and computer based training each year. To provide 2,000 hours of hands-on simulator training per year, its personnel also maintain $6.2 million, high-fidelity space trainers to guarantee the most proficient operators for five different command and control systems.
Additionally, 50th OSS develops training requirements and programs for new 50th Operations Group missions and systems worth more than $3.75 billion. They work shoulder-to-shoulder with various contractors from industry partners and hand-in-hand with the 50th Space Wing, the satellite operations squadrons, the Space and Missile Systems Center program offices and Headquarters, Air Force Space Command. “Team OSS” ensures the training, combat readiness and smooth transition to operations for multiple next generation satellite constellations and command and control systems.
50th OSS executes critical group-wide functions, including implementing instructional system design approach for the entire operations group and certifying approximately 80 instructors per year across eight units. Moreover, 50th OSS squadron personnel meticulously assist with scheduling 37,000 crew shifts per year to staff all the different operator positions for 24-hour satellite operations centers. Additionally, 50th OSS experts process deployments to warfighting theaters from 50th OG. Finally, in addition to group level functions, 50th OSS personnel provide a myriad of wing level missions and operations. Their weapons and tactics personnel produce procedures and strategies to maximize the impact of space superiority capabilities to the warfighter.
1st Space Operations Squadron
The 1st Space Operations Squadron operates two separate and distinct ground systems and leads AFSPC’s $530 million Multi-Mission Space Operations Center initiative and the center for the $850 million Space Based Space Surveillance system. The squadron provides services to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and nine unified commanders worldwide delivering Space Situational Awareness and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities.
Space Based Space Surveillance
The Space Based Space Surveillance system is the next generation of space systems essential to increasing our nation’s SSA capability. SBSS identifies and tracks Resident Space Objects and collects metric positioning data via a gimbaled optical sensor; data which is essential for updating the position and velocity of all RSOs in the space catalog. One of the most significant strengths that SBSS brings to the Space Surveillance Network (SSN) is increased custody of high-interest space objects, as well as faster revisit times on all RSOs, resulting in more accurate element sets for all objects in the space catalog. The importance of a highly-accurate space catalog increases as the number of man-made systems and debris in orbit increases. Incidents like the Iridium and Kosmos collision in early 2009, which created thousands of new space objects to be tracked, highlight the vulnerability of our military and commercial space systems and heightened the Air Forces’s responsibility to provide accurate position data of all RSOs. Additionally, 1 SOPS operates the Advanced Technology Risk Reduction satellite. An all weather, 24/7 platform used to collect SSA metric positioning data to further support the SSN.
Multi-Mission Space Operations Center
The Multi-Mission Space Operations Center is a revolutionary approach to space operations—an operations center focused on forging a one-of-a-kind operations team to demonstrate and field emerging space missions and satellite command and control technologies in a rapid, decisive manner. The MMSOC is structured to operate a variety of satellite missions, including satellite initiatives, satellite missions of small scale (small constellations), new missions transitioning from concept toward full-scale operations and all research, development, test and evaluation satellites with operational utility remaining after test and evaluation are complete. Partnering with the Space and Missile Systems Center, this program gives the Air Force the flexibility, continuity and stability to support legacy and future satellite programs, as well as Operationally Responsive Space initiatives associated with small, low-cost, rapidly deployable capabilities. As part of the MMSOC construct, 1 SOPS operates the Operationally Responsive Space-1 satellite, an Electro-Optical/Infrared ISR platform providing vital imagery of denied areas to Combatant Commanders. Additionally, MMSOC personnel provide mission tasking for Tactical Satellite-3, a hyperspectral imager with the ability to identify various materials from outer space.
2nd Space Operations Squadron
The 2nd Space Operations Squadron performs the satellite command and control mission for the Global Positioning System constellation.
GPS is a space-based radio navigation network whose primary mission is to provide precise positioning and timing information. The $3.5 billion GPS constellation consists of more than 30 operational satellites.
GPS is the world’s largest military satellite constellation. GPS provides highly accurate, 24-hour, all-weather, position, velocity and timing data to users worldwide. Additionally, all GPS satellites carry equipment supporting the U.S. Nuclear Detonation Detection System.
GPS’ precise time transfer and highly accurate positioning data has revolutionized nearly every aspect of modern warfare. GPS has enabled U.S. and allied forces to strike targets with pinpoint accuracy while reducing collateral damage. Equally important, GPS has brought significant benefits to more than one billion worldwide civilian users in diverse applications including air, road, rail and marine navigation, precision agriculture and mining, oil exploration, environmental research and management, telecommunications, electronic data transfer, construction, recreation and emergency response. 2nd SOPS operates and maintains the Master Control Station at Schriever and a dedicated network of worldwide monitor stations and ground antennas to control and support this constellation.
The monitor stations track navigation signals from GPS satellites and gather data on satellite performance. This data is then processed at the MCS and is used to update the satellites’ navigation messages.
MCS sends updated navigation information to GPS satellites through ground antennas. These ground antennas are also used to transmit commands to satellites and to receive the satellites’ state-of-health information.
Around the world, there are 16 ¬geographically separated sites housing ground antennas and stations that help to fly and monitor the GPS constellation.
2nd SOPS works in conjunction with their reserve counterpart, 19th SOPS, to conduct launch anomaly and disposal operations. LADO conducts launch and early-orbit operations, including satellite activation, initial checkout and transfer to mission orbit. LADO also responds to all satellite emergencies, support end-of-life testing and execute satellite disposal operations as required.
3rd Space Operations Squadron
The 3rd Space Operations Squadron conducts day-to-day telemetry analysis, satellite commanding, orbital data collection, anomaly resolution, tactics development, defensive space control and on-orbit operations for the Defense Satellite Communications System III and Wideband Global Satellite Communications constellation. In addition, 3 SOPS currently provides orbit data to 22nd SOPS in support of the Ministry of Defenses NATO/Skynet mission. In mid-2012, 3 SOPS will assume command and control of the first Block II and fourth Wideband Global Satellite Communications satellite and in 2013 the fifth and sixth WGS satellites in the constellation will be launched. Also in 2013, 3 SOPS anticipates declaration of full operational capability for Integrated Operations Environment, a $20 million state-of-the-art joint command and control system for military communications satellites.
DSCS III and WGS provide secure communications links to the combatant commands, theater commanders and strategic and tactical forces worldwide. WGS enhances the high-data rate communication capability of the DoD, greatly augmenting and eventually replacing the DSCS III constellation.
Defense Satellite Communications System
The Defense Satellite Communications System III has been a mainstay of national military communications for almost 30 years. The constellation provides secure worldwide voice and data communications using six super-high frequency channels. A few examples of DSCS III users include the White House, intelligence community, regional and unified commanders, the Air Force Satellite Control Network and the Defense Information Systems Network.
DSCS III satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of more than 22,000 nautical miles in a narrow ring above the equator known as the geosynchronous belt. The total constellation is comprised of two primary and five redundant satellites. The DSCS III payload has both Earth coverage and multiple-beam array antennas. These antennas allow operators to create varying areas of coverage ranging from global to very narrow theater coverage.
The DSCS III bus is controlled and maintained by members of 3 SOPS. The U.S. Army’s 53rd Signal Battalion controls the payload. The 53rd SB continuously monitors the satellites from locations in the United States, Germany and Japan.
Wideband Global SATCOM
The Wideband Global Satellite Communications satellite has become the backbone of national military wideband communications. The current constellation is comprised of three primary satellites. The fourth WGS satellite will be launched early 2012. By 2013, the total constellation will be comprised of six WGS satellites. Like DSCS III, WGS operates in the geostationary belt and is jointly operated by 3 SOPS and the 53rd SB sites.
The sixth WGS satellite is being funded by the Australian Defense Ministry. This partnership allows the Australian Defense community access to the U.S. satellite communications system.
Based on the commercially available Boeing 702 communication satellite bus, WGS provides high-data rate communications in the X- and Ka-bands and allows “cross-band” configurations to uplink in one band and down-link in the other. This unique military satellite communications capability significantly increases the options available to theater commanders.
3 SOPS performs a supporting role for the NATO/Skynet mission. The primary function is to perform all range time scheduling for NATO/Skynet. To accomplish this, 3 SOPS processes all scheduling data and acts as a liaison between the Ministry of Defense and 22nd SOPS.
4th Space Operations Squadron
The 4th Space Operations Squadron operates the Milstar/Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation, referred to as Protected MILSATCOM constellation, providing the nation’s warfighters global, secure, survivable, strategic and tactical communications in peacetime and throughout the full spectrum of conflict. They execute the unique mission of communications management, satellite command and control and ground segment maintenance for the Milstar constellation. 4 SOPS also provides operators for a mobile constellation control station located at the 153rd Command and Control Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. At higher readiness levels and during exercises, these personnel deploy with U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Northern Command respectively. The 4 SOPS motto, “Linking the Forces,” reflects Protected MILSATCOM’s responsibility to enhance the nation’s secure communications capability.
Unlike other satellite communications systems, Milstar and AEHF’s intelligent processing capabilities allow 4th SOPS to integrate spacecraft and payload support with knowledge of current user operations on the constellation. As a result, 4 SOPS executes apportionment enforcement, resource monitoring and user troubleshooting functions for all Protected MILSATCOM users from the Joint Staff to forward deployed forces. 4 SOPS’ unique integration of SATCOM user support with satellite command and control has set the standard for integrated space effects delivery.
Milstar is a joint-service satellite communications system that provides integrated, worldwide connectivity for high priority military forces in the field. Whether linking national assets around the world, providing protected communications to essential sites or guaranteeing deployed tactical forces large data trunks, Milstar’s unique waveform places it at the lead of the family of protected SATCOM services, reserved for the highest priority communications.
A key goal of Milstar is to provide interoperability between Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy users. Using Milstar, mobile ground forces, ships, submarines and aircraft are linked to achieve joint operations with survivable, protected communication onthe modern battlefield.
Milstar’s employment of centralized management and decentralized execution is exercised through this intelligent payload, and other features like steerable antennas, so users can setup communications with minimal interface to outside agencies. The Milstar payloads provide low data rate services from 75 to 2,400 bits per second, as well as medium data rate services from 4.8 to 1,544 kilobits per second. Additionally, the constellation introduced cross-linking capabilities to the SATCOM community, allowing worldwide connectivity without the need to intermediate retransmission stations.
The satellite weighs approximately 10,000 pounds and has a geosynchronous orbit altitude of more than 22,000 miles and a design life of 10 years.
The Advanced Extremely High Frequency System is a joint service satellite communications system that will provide survivable, global, secure, and protected communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets. AEHF will allow the National Security Council and Unified Combatant Commanders to control their tactical and strategic forces at all levels of conflict through general nuclear war and supports the attainment of information superiority.
The AEHF System is the follow-on to the Milstar system, augmenting and improving on the capabilities of Milstar, and expanding the MILSATCOM architecture. AEHF will provide connectivity across the spectrum of mission areas, including land, air and naval warfare; special operations; strategic nuclear operations; strategic defense; theater missile defense; and space operations and intelligence. AEHF 1 was launched on Aug. 14, 2010
The system will consist of four satellites in geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO) that provides 10 times the throughput of the 1990s-era Milstar satellites with a substantial increase in coverage for users. First launched in August 2010, AEHF will provide continuous 24-hour coverage between 65 degrees north and 65 degrees south latitude. The AEHF system is composed of three segments: space (the satellites), ground (mission control and associated communications links) and terminals (the users). The segments will provide communications in a specified set of data rates from 75 bps to approximately 8 Mbps. The space segment consists of a cross-linked constellation of four satellites. The mission control segment controls satellites on orbit, monitors satellite health and provides communications system planning and monitoring. This segment is highly survivable, with both fixed and mobile control stations. System uplinks and crosslinks will operate in the extremely high frequency (EHF) range and downlinks in the super high frequency (SHF) range. The terminal segment includes fixed and ground mobile terminals, ship and submarine terminals, and airborne terminals used by all of the Services, as well as international partners (Canada, Netherlands and UK). MILSATCOM is responsible for acquisition of the space and ground segments as well as the Air Force terminal segments.
The 50th Operations Group, Detachment 1 is located just minutes away from the Nation’s capital at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, MD. Detachment 1 provides oversight for all operations, maintenance, sustainment, and acquisition activities associated with the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. Detachment 1 partners with the 6th Space Operations Squadron which provides backup command and control for the DMSP satellite constellation. Detachment 1 was activated on Jan. 20, 2011 following closure of the National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System program office. DMSP is the DoD’s sole weather satellite, providing critical data to agencies such as Air Force Weather Agency, Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanography Center, National Weather Service, Joint Typhoon Warning Center, National Ice Center, NASA, and warfighters around the globe.
50th Network Operations Group
The 50th Network Operations Group is an integrated operations, communications and maintenance team that operates, maintains, plans and acquires communications and network systems providing assured access to space and cyberspace. The group functions as the single focal point for the worldwide Air Force Satellite Control Network and all 50th Space Wing communications and computer systems. The 50th NOG enables operational availability and logistical supportability of national and Department of Defense space networks, communications and information systems. Specific mission responsibilities are accomplished through the 50th Space Communications Squadron, 21st Space Operations Squadron, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, 23rd Space Operations Squadron and the Program Management Office.
50th Space Communications Squadron
The 50 SCS is the 3rd largest communications squadron in the Air Force and is responsible for all 50 SW communications. Through the $6.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network, the 50 SCS operates and maintains communications computer systems enabling real-time global connectivity to more than 150 DoD, allied and national agency satellites. The 50 SCS provides operations and maintenance support of the Global Broadcast Service network that supplies remote users one-way high speed data and full motion video download capability. The 50 SCS also provides operations and maintenance for the Air Force Space Command Digital Integrated Network, providing a global circuit transport network for AFSPC mission systems. The 50 SCS operates and maintains base communications systems including Defense Red Switch Network, Defense Information Systems Agency Multifunction Switch, mainframes, Classified and Unclassified local area network services, inside and outside cable plants, base telephone systems providing Defense Switching Network services to worldwide locations, video teleconferencing systems, Land Mobile Radios and Security Control Systems. The 50 SCS provides the base Information Assurance, Communications Security, Emission Security, Information Management, Postal Services, Spectrum Management, Configuration Management, quality control, and also logistics sustainment support to 14 geographically separated units around the world. The 50 SCS is the 50th Space Wing focal point for communications electronics maintenance management; to include Job Control, plans and scheduling, analysis and material control. Additionally, as a major DISA node, the squadron provides communication services to multiple sites worldwide.
The 50 SCS also provides cryptographic maintenance, computer network services, publications, records management, computer equipment control, small computer maintenance and administrative telephone operations and maintenance. Through the application of information systems operations, maintenance and protection, the 50 SCS earns its reputation as America’s “first link to space.”
21st Space Operations Squadron
The 21st Space Operations Squadron is a geographically separated unit of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air force Base, Colo. located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission of 21 SOPS is to plan and conduct specialized communications for a wide spectrum of Department of Defense, allied, civil and commercial space systems. 21 SOPS provides operational control node fault isolation and detection capabilities affecting AFSCN common-user resources and readiness for multiple users and command centers.In addition, 21 SOPS provides operational oversight for AFSCN remote tracking stations: Det 1, Diego Garcia Tracking Station at British Indian Ocean Territory; Det 2, Guam Tracking Station at Guam; Det 3, Hawaii Tracking Station at Kaena Point Hawaii and Vandenberg Tracking Station collocated at Vandenberg AFB. 21 SOPS also provides maintenance assurance and sustainment support for Global Positioning Satellite resources collocated with its geographically separated units, to include an Operating Location at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Finally, 21 SOPS provides and maintains backup operations centers for several of the 50 SW missions.
22nd Space Operations Squadron
The 22nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB executes space support command and control of the $6.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network, schedules AFSCN antenna resources for 400-450 daily satellite supports, and develops, publishes and enforces network tasking order supporting 29 satellite operations centers. The squadron executes more than 150,000 missions per year providing telemetry, tracking and commanding operations for more than 150 Department of Defense, allied and national agency satellites in support of warfighters, the President, NASA and research/development missions. 22nd SOPS leads efforts to ensure assured access to space overseeing operational mission integration, AFSCN configuration modifications, and contingency operations. The squadron acts as a satellite operation “911” for the Department of Defense responding in real time to satellite vehicle emergencies. Orbital analysis from 22 SOPS informs frequency interference and space safety data provided to the satellite operations community and the Joint Space Operations Center. 22 SOPS also coordinates on launch “go” or “no-go” decisions providing booster, payload and early orbit support for many launches at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
22 SOPS oversees AFSCN operations at eight tracking stations and one checkout facility:
• 21 SOPS, DOO Flight, Vandenberg AFB, Calif (COOK)
• 21 SOPS, Det. 1, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory (REEF)
• 21 SOPS, Det. 2, Andersen AFB, Guam (GUAM)
• 21 SOPS, Det. 3, Kaena Point, Hawaii (HULA)
• 22 SOPS, MAOP Flight, Colorado Tracking Station, Schriever AFB, Colo. (PIKE)
• 23 SOPS, New Boston Air Station, N.H. (BOSS)
• 23 SOPS, Det. 1, Thule Air Base, Greenland (POGO)
• 23 SOPS, Operating Location-A, Telemetry and Commanding Squadron, Oakhanger, United Kingdom (LION)
• 23 SOPS, Eastern Vehicle Checkout Facility, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. (BEACH)
23d Space Operations Squadron
The 23d Space Operations Squadron is located at New Boston Air Force Station, N.H., and was activated Nov. 1, 1991 but has been performing satellite operations since 1960. 23 SOPS is the largest of eight AFSCN remote tracking stations providing United States Strategic Command with critical satellite command and control capability to more than 150 Department of Defense, national and civilian satellites performing intelligence, weather, navigation, early-warning, and communications operations. The squadron operates and maintains a 2,826-acre installation with $106 million infrastructure and is the largest geographically separated unit in the 50th Space Wing.
50th Mission Support Group
The 50th Mission Support Group provides security, civil engineering, fire and medical response, logistics, contracting and personnel services support to Schriever AFB. The group manages an $806 million budget for eight geographically separated units and more than 40 base agencies servicing 8,100 military and civilian personnel. The group also plans and develops future Schriever growth with city, county, state and federal officials. The 50th MSG consists of the 50th Security Forces Squadron, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, 50th Logistics Readiness Flight, 50th Contracting Squadron, and the 50th Force Support Squadron.
50th Security Forces Squadron
The mission of the 50 SFS is to protect 30 protection level resources and 8,100 military and civilian personnel assigned to Schriever AFB. Additionally, the 50 SFS provides physical security, force protection measures and law enforcement services while assisting commanders in maintaining good order and discipline. It monitors physical security programs supporting 8 geographically separated units and also deploys security forces in support of higher headquarters’ and national objectives.
50th Civil Engineer Squadron
The 50th Civil Engineer Squadron maintains $476 million in real property, ensuring uninterruptible utility power in support of the $11-billion Air Force Satellite Control Network. The squadron also provides fire and environmental protection; engineer planning, design and construction management services; contingency planning and disaster response; operations, maintenance, and repair; and housing referral and support services for Airmen and their dependents living in 242 privatized homes. The 50 CES deploys engineers worldwide in support of higher headquarters’ and national objectives.
50th Logistics Readiness Flight
The 50th Logistics Readiness Flight performs logistics planning and manages wing support agreements, mobility bags and deployment weapons programs. The flight conducts deployment planning, training and execution, base support planning and logistics command and control in support of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force construct. The 50 LRF deploys logisticians worldwide in support of higher headquarters’ and national objectives.
50th Contracting Squadron
The 50th Contracting Squadron administers $324 million in contracts and is responsible for providing operational and specialized acquisition support for the 50th Space Wing and its tenant and geographically separated units. 50th CONS awards and administers a broad range of contractual support requirements to include commodities, construction, architecture and engineering services, large and small-dollar services and research and development efforts. 50th CONS is also responsible for providing quality assurance training and oversight for wing and tenant unit contracts and serves as the installation focal point for management and administration of the $6 million Government Purchase Card program. The 50 CONS deploys contracting officers and specialists worldwide in support of higher headquarters’ and national objectives.
50th Force Support Squadron
The 50th Force Support Squadron provides military, civilian and nonappropriated funds personnel services, manpower and organizational support, unit and installation readiness, military and civilian training, mortuary affairs, and morale, welfare and recreation activities to the 50th Space Wing, its tenants and geographically separated units. The 50th FSS is composed of three direct reporting sections and four flights.
The 50 FSS provides morale, welfare and recreation services critical to readiness and quality of life to active duty, reserve military, DoD civilians, contractor partners and family members. Many essential facilities and programs are offered to base personnel, including a Child Development Center; Fitness and Sports Center; intramural and varsity sports; Outdoor Recreation office/activities; Awards, Engraving and Custom Framing operation and Information, Tickets and Tours services. 50th FSS also oversees a large Outdoor Recreation program with natural settings for camping, recreational vehicles and fishing opportunities at New Boston Air Force Station, N.H. The 50 FSS deploys personnel and services Airmen worldwide in support of higher headquarters’ and national objectives.
Airman and Family Services Flight
The Airman and Family Services Flight supports the active duty military, reservists, DoD civilians and family members. The flight delivers superior quality programs to enhance mission readiness for all Schriever AFB. This flight consists of the Child Development Center and the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center provides care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The CDC staff is committed to providing excellent care for all children, and the curriculum is designed to meet the social, cognitive, emotional and physical needs of children through developmentally appropriate activities. The CDC is DoD certified and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children guidelines. All parents of enrolled children are eligible to participate in the Parent Advisory Board, which has an important role in shaping the parent involvement activities at the CDC. The 31,000 square foot facility opened in 2002 and houses 22 classrooms. This state-of-the-art facility also has five professionally designed playgrounds to meet the physical and social needs of the children. The CDC is located in building 60 and can be reached at (719) 567-4742 or DSN: 560-4742.
School Age Program
The School Age Program offers a variety of care, various clubs, and activities for children ages 5 to 12 years. Before and after school care, as well as hourly care, can be provided with reservations and space availability. Winter, Spring, and Summer Camps are also offered, and include fun-filled field trips. The School Age Programs activities are designed to enable youth to reach their full potential and help children become productive, caring, responsible adults. The School Age Program is located inside of the Child Development Center Building 60, Hahn Avenue.
Airman and Family Readiness Center
The Air Force has long realized the direct connection between the ability of the military member to accomplish the mission and the quality of life his or her family experiences. Airman and Family Readiness Centers were established to assist with the unique issues that affect military members and their families, such as relocating and coping with duty-related family separations. Services offered by the A&FRC include: information and referral, family readiness and deployment support, relocation assistance, family services loan locker, transition assistance, spouse employment assistance, personal financial management and Air Force Aid Society program. The A&FRC is located in building T-65 and can be reached at (719) 567-3920 or DSN: 560-3920.
Manpower and Personnel Flight
The Manpower and Personnel Flight oversees all wing military, civilian and non-appropriated fund personnel needs and staffing requirements. The Flight consists of four sections: the Military Personnel Section, the Manpower and Organization Office, Civilian Personnel Office and the Non-Appropriated Fund/Human Resources Office. The Flight office is located in Building 210, Room 215, and can be reached at (719) 567-2754.
Military Personnel Section (MPS)
The Military Personnel Section customer service counter is open Mondays from 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., and Tuesdays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The MPS provides common access card support to eligible Schriever AFB personnel, and provides personnel support for active duty, reservists and family members. The MPS is located in Building 210, Room 137, and can be reached at (719) 567-5900.
Manpower and Organization Office
This section provide the wing leadership and their designated representatives with services such as manpower management, unit manpower documents, management of manpower authorization change requests, Air Force manpower standard applications and reengineering processes. Additionally, they the focal point for competitive sourcing and privatization, the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness (IDEA) program, productivity enhancement programs and management advisory services. This office is located in Building 210, Room 215, and can be reached at (719) 567-2754.
Civilian Personnel Office
The Civilian Personnel Office provides human resource management services to all DOD civilian employees, managers and supervisors assigned to Schriever AFB. The office is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a by-appointment basis, including hours outside those listed. The office is located in Building 210, Room 217, and can be reached at (719) 567-3734.
Non-Appropriated Fund/Human Resource Office
The Non-Appropriated Fund/Human Resource Office is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a walk-in and by-appointment basis. The NAF/HRO provides human resource management services to all non-appropriated civilian employees, managers and supervisors assigned to Schriever AFB. The office is located in Building 210, Room 137A, and can be reached at (719) 567-4737.
Force Development Flight
The Force Development Flight oversees a variety of professional development courses and programs designed to facilitate the development of Airmen and NCOs. The flight is also responsible for assisting in the transition of first duty station Airmen from the controlled environment of basic military training to one of self-discipline and mission orientation. The flight is divided into two sections consisting of Career Assistance advisor, First Term Airman Center, Formal and Base Training.
Career Assistance Advisor
The Career Assistance advisor is responsible for conducting the First Term Airman Course, the Informed Decision Brief, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Course and the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Course. Enlisted troops are regularly offered a three-day NCO PE course for staff and technical sergeants. All base level Career Development Course testing is done in the PDC. The CAA is located in Building 210, Room 310, and can be reached at (719) 567-5927 or DSN: 560-5927.
First Term Airman Center
The First Term Airman Center’s mission is to transition first duty station Airmen (E-1 to E-3) from the controlled environment of Basic Military Training and technical school to one of self-discipline. The center also provides a streamlined process for base in-processing and helps Airmen understand how they fit into “Team Schriever.” FTAC runs for eight duty days, with classes starting on Mondays. Airmen in process with their squadrons prior to starting FTAC and are subsequently scheduled for the next available class. FTAC is located in Building 210, Room 310, and can be reached at (719) 567-7329, or DSN: 560-7329.
Formal Training Section
The Formal Training Section manages the military technical training allocation, establishes the selection process for unallocated training slots and is responsible for the Squadron Officers School Board, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, and Non-Commissioned Office Academy. The Formal Training Section is located in Building 210, Room 310, and can be reached at (719) 567-59035170, or DSN: 560-5903.
Base Training Section
The Base Training Section manages education and training functions, implements unit education and training programs and manages mandatory upgrade training for the wing. The section is also responsible for collecting and analyzing training data for 50th SW units on a monthly and quarterly basis. In addition, upgrade and qualification training for military and civilian personnel are conducted by base training. There is also a Test Officer available to administer CDC end of course tests, professional military education, and proctor testing for colleges. The Base Training Section is located in Building 210, Room 310, and can be reached at (719) 567-5903, or DSN: 560-5903.
Sustainment Services Flight
The Sustainment Services Flight provides oversight for the Fitness and Sports Center, Outdoor Recreation (which includes Information, Tickets and Tours, and the Awards, Engraving and Custom Framing Shop) and the Satellite Dish Dining Facility. The mission of the Sustainment Services Flight is to contribute to readiness through provision of sustainment services promoting fitness, recreation and essential messing.
Fitness and Sports Center
The Fitness and Sports Center hosts a wide range of fitness and sports programs. The center offers monthly sporting activities, six intramural sports and three varsity sports. Patrons have access to state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as highly-skilled personal trainers who can develop an exercise program for any fitness level or experience. Personal training services, daily-use lockers and towels are all provided free of charge. The 19,160 square-foot Fitness Center hosts all indoor intramural programs and most “Fit to Fight” activities in the gymnasium. To the east of the Fitness Center is a covered track. While not heated, it does provide protection from weather. There are also two outside running or walking areas; the running trail between the Fitness Center and Housing, and the open track to the West of the Fitness Center. At the east end of O’Malley Street is a sand volleyball pit as well as outdoor basketball and tennis courts. The Fitness and Sports Center is located in building 120, and can be reached at (719) 567-6628, or DSN: 560-6628.
The Outdoor Recreation Program provides a wide variety of information and services to include ticket sales, equipment rental, a snack/souvenir sales store and RV storage facilities. Tickets for ski resorts, sporting events and other tourist attractions in the Colorado area provide opportunities to experience local attractions. Affordable outdoor programs are offered at exceptional military or group discount prices, and a variety of camping gear, inflatable bouncy units, pop-up campers and tables and chairs are among some of the items available to rent. There is a small resale operation offering snacks, drinks, military coins, Schriever AFB clothing, mugs and more. Outdoor Recreation manages a secure RV storage lot with 239 slots, offering customers safe, secure, 24/7 keyless access at affordable prices.The Awards, Engraving and Custom Framing shop, provides customers with a one-stop shop for unit awards and personal gifts. The Outdoor Recreation operation is located in building 300, Room 133, and can be reached at (719) 567-6050, or DSN: 560-6050. Customers can be met outside the restricted area if needed.
Satellite Dish Dining Facility
Due to the limited dining options on Schriever AFB, the Satellite Dish Dining Facility is open to all military and DoD civilian personnel. Base contractors/partners are welcome to dine during dinner, weekends and federal holidays. The dining facility operates on an a la carte system serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Currently, the dining facility is operated by a full food service contract, through a partnership between the State of Colorado Business Enterprise and a blind vendor. The Satellite Dish Dining Facility is located in building 300, and can be reached at (719) 567-4732, or DSN: 560-4732. The daily menu can be heard by calling (719) 567-3333, or DSN: 560-3333.