119th Command and Control Squadron

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119th Command and Control Squadron
119th Command and Control Squadron.png
119th Command and Control Squadron emblem
Active 1950-Present[1]
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Command and Control
Role Space Operations
Part of Air Force Space Command/US Strategic Command/Tennessee Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tennessee[2]
Motto FORTUNA FAVET FORTIBUS - "Fortune Favors The Bold"
Decorations Joint Meritorious Unit Award-3d.svg JMUA
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg GWOT-S
Lt Col Vince Franklin (2012-Present) [3]

The United States Air Force's 119th Command and Control Squadron (119 CACS) is a space control unit located at McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tennessee.[4] The unit augments the operations of USSTRATCOM on a continuous basis.[5][6]


The 119th Command and Control Squadron was one of the first Air National Guard units to become a part of the United States Space Command (later United States Strategic Command). Its mission is augmentation for USSTRATCOM's global operations center (GOC) which coordinates and directs the use of the Department of Defense’s military space forces.[citation needed]

The 119 CACS provides support to Headquarters USSTRATCOM via three primary Command and Control mission areas: Global Operations, Homeland Defense Operations, and Natural Disaster Events.[7][8]


The 119 CACS was originally activated as 119th Aircraft Warning and Control Squadron in 1950. Since its inception, the 119 ACS had always operated tactical (mobile) radar systems, but was slated to lose its mission and association with Air Combat Command. This provided a fortuitous opportunity for the unit to be associated with USSPACECOM as a direct supporting unit. In the mid-1990s, USSPACECOM commander Gen Howard Estes III directed the command to expand the role of guard and reserve forces in operations from two percent to 20 percent.[1][9]

Previous designations[edit]

  • 119th Command and Control Squadron (16 August 2002–Present)[10]
  • 119th Air Control Squadron on (16 June 1992-16 August 2002)[1]
  • 119th Tactical Control Squadron (1 September 1965-16 June 1992)[10]
  • 119th Aircraft Warning & Control Flight (1 December 1953-1 September 1965)[11]
  • 119th Aircraft Warning & Control Squadron (21 March 1949-1 December 1953)[12]


  • Col Vince Franklin (2012–Present) [3]
  • Lt Col David Evans (2008–2012)[13]
  • Lt Col Luttrell Gus Schettler (2003–2008)[14]
  • Lt Col John F. White (1995–2003)[9][15]
  • Lt Col Clyde Huskey(??-??)[14]
  • Lt Col Nick Hanson(1987–1993)[16]
  • Lt Col Fred Bonney (1974–1987)[17]
  • Lt Col James W. Manley (1972–1974)
  • Lt Col Arthur P. Wright (1964–1972)
  • Maj Oscar L. Williams Jr. (1952–1953)
  • Col John R. Douglas (1950–1964)

Bases stationed[edit]


  • National Guard Meritorious Service Awards x 2[29]
  • Air Guard Outstanding Mission Support Squadron Awards x 2[30]


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