111th Space Operations Squadron

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111th Space Operations Squadron
111th Space Operations Squadron.png
111th Space Operations Squadron emblem
Active 2003-Present
Country  United States
Allegiance  Arizona
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Type Space Operations
Role Communications
Size 27
Part of Air Force Space Command
Garrison/HQ Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona[1]
Lt Col Patty Tuttle[2]

The United States Air Force's 111th Space Operations Squadron (111 SOPS) is an Air National Guard space communications unit located at Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona. 111 SOPS is the military's first unit to operate free-floating balloons in the near space environment.[3]

Previous designations[4][edit]

  • 111th Space Operations Squadron (2003–Present)
  • Det 2, Arizona Air National Guard (???)[5]

Bases stationed[edit]

Equipment Operated[6][edit]

  • Combat SkySat balloons (2003–Present)[7]


  1. ^ Airman Magazine: Guard’s mission expands into space"
  2. ^ Pentagon Brief: Combat Balloon to Improve Communications
  3. ^ Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs Annual Report 2006-07
  4. ^ Rogers, B. (2006). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. ISBN 1-85780-197-0
  5. ^ Arizona ANG: Headquarters & Units
  6. ^ World Airpower Journal. (1992). US Air Force Air Power Directory. Aerospace Publishing: London, UK. ISBN 1-880588-01-3
  7. ^ SpaceData.net: Military testing balloons as communications option

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