2793Fwd = U.S. Air Force Reserve Command activates two new space units
- Nov 3, 1999Forwarded by: fwestra@...
Originally from: "82. USAFnews" <usafnews@...>
Original Subject: 3nov99 - afpn
Original Date: 2nd Nov 99 1.22pm
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Air Force Print News, Nov. 3, 1999
Reserve activates two new space units
by Tech. Sgt. David D. Morton
302nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPN) -- Air Force Reserve Command
increased its role in space operations in October with the addition of
two new space squadrons.
The 8th Space Warning Squadron has been activated at Buckley Air
National Guard Base, Colo., and the 9th Space Operations Squadron is
now operating at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 4.
Both squadrons are part of the 310th Space Group, Schriever AFB,
Colo., the only space group within Air Force Reserve Command.
With the addition of the two new squadrons, the 310th SG comprises
five squadrons, including the 6th SOPS, 7th SOPS and 310th Security
Forces Squadron, which are located at Schriever.
The 8th SWS, an associate unit to Buckley's 2nd SWS, will operate the
Space-Based Infrared System, a follow-on system for the Defense
Support Program. The DSP is an early warning satellite program
started in the early 1970s used to detect the infrared signature of
missiles fired by enemy forces.
"The SBIRS that we'll be operating at Buckley will enhance and expand
the capabilities of the current system," said Maj. Jeff Ansted, 8th
SWS commander. "It's the critical link for tactical front-line
detection of missiles that may be fired at North America or in support
theaters. Tracking Scud missiles fired during Operation Desert Storm
is an example of the system in use."
The 8th SWS is the first space unit to integrate Reserve and Air
National Guard members into an active-duty mission from the beginning
The Air Force also applied the total force at Vandenberg where the 9th
SOPS will serve as an associate unit to the 614th SOPS, and augment
the active duty in day-to-day operations of the Air Force Space Forces
Aerospace Operations Center. The AOC is a 24-hour operation center
designed to provide commanders with up-to-date information on the
status of Air Force satellites. The satellites provide weather,
intelligence, communication and navigational data necessary for
strategic planning of U.S. military operations.
The AOC provides the means for tracking and monitoring the status of
141 space units worldwide, said Lt. Col. Patrick Phelps, 9th SOPS
commander. These units provide the data for surveillance, space
warning, satellite command and control, and space launch capabilities.
"We don't operate any particular systems; it's our job to monitor,
direct and integrate the systems that are already there," said Phelps.
"Reservists provide a strong foundation of knowledge and experience to
the mission," said Ansted. "There's continuous rollover on active
duty, and our personnel provide stability because they're usually
there for six years. They retain corporate knowledge of the systems
and pass that along to their active-duty counterparts when they
At the 9th SOPS activation ceremony, Maj. Gen. Robert Hinson, 14th Air
Force commander at Vandenberg, said reliance on the Reserve and Air
National Guard has increased since the end of the Cold War.
"Our ability to ... maintain our nation's superiority in space is
dependent upon them (Guard and Reserve) as critical contributors to
part of a cohesive total force," said Hinson. (Courtesy of Air Force
Reserve Command News Service)
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