114th Space Control Squadron

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114th Space Control Squadron
Active 1989–current.
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force

The United States Air Force's 114th Space Control Squadron (SPCS) is a unit located at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Mission[edit]

To provide survivable and reliable satellite voice and data communications for command control and logistics in support of United States Air Force, Air Combat Command, and NATO communications requirements. They support launch range operation tracking of the Space Transportation System, Atlas, Delta, and Titan launches.

Due to US Air Force structure changes announced in March 2012, the 114 ROPS was scheduled for inactivation on 1 October 2012.[1] However, this decision was reversed and instead the unit assumed a new mission as the 114th Space Operations Squadron in April 2014.[2]

History[edit]

  • 114th ROPS inactivated in April 2014, renamed the 114th Space Control Squadron. The first commander of the newly renamed squadron was Lt Col Johnny Malpass.
  • Federally recognized on 20 May 1989
  • Squadron inactivated in May 2003, renamed the 114th Range Operations Squadron. The first commander of the newly renamed squadron was Lt Col (ret) Rembert N. Schofield.
  • On March 7, 2012 the Air Force's Force Structure Change announcement called for the 114 ROPS to be inactivated by the beginning of Fiscal Year 2013.[3]

Previous designations[edit]

  • 114th Space Control Squadron, effective April 2014
  • 114th Range Operations Squadron
  • 114th Combat Communications Squadron[4]

Previous Commanders[edit]

  • Lt Col Johnny Malpass, 2012-Present
  • Lt Col (ret) Todd M. Oller, 2007-2012
  • Lt Col (ret) Rembert N Schofield, 2001–2007
  • Lt Col (ret) Daniel P. Bates, 1998–2001
  • Lt Col (ret) Michele M. Agee, 1994–1998
  • Col (ret) David H. Barnhart, 1991–1994
  • Lt Col (ret) Robert Chandler, 1989–1991

Bases stationed[edit]

  • Patrick AFB, Florida (current)

Equipment operated[edit]

  • (????–present)[5]
  • Ballistic Missile Range Safety Technology (BMRST)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patrick to lose 122 Guard jobs next year". Florida Today. 8 March 2012. Archived from the original on 28 March 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "114th ROPS redesignates for space control mission". Florida Guard Online. April 10, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ "USAF Force Structure Changes" (PDF). United States Air Force. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  4. ^ Rogers, B. (2006). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. ISBN 1-85780-197-0
  5. ^ World Airpower Journal. (1992). US Air Force Air Power Directory. Aerospace Publishing: London, UK. ISBN 1-880588-01-3

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