119th Command and Control Squadron
|119th Command and Control Squadron|
119th Command and Control Squadron emblem
|Active||1950 – present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Type||Command and Control|
|Part of||Air Force Space Command/US Strategic Command/Tennessee Air National Guard|
|Garrison/HQ||McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tennessee|
|Motto||FORTUNA FAVET FORTIBUS - "Fortune Favors The Bold"|
|Lt Col Vince Franklin (2012 – present) |
The United States Air Force's 119th Command and Control Squadron (119 CACS) is a space control unit located at McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tennessee. The unit augments the operations of USSTRATCOM on a continuous basis.
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.
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.
- 119th Command and Control Squadron (16 August 2002 – present)
- 119th Air Control Squadron on (16 June 1992 – 16 August 2002)
- 119th Tactical Control Squadron (1 September 1965 – 16 June 1992)
- 119th Aircraft Warning & Control Flight (1 December 1953 – 1 September 1965)
- 119th Aircraft Warning & Control Squadron (21 March 1949 – 1 December 1953)
- Col Vince Franklin (2012 – present) 
- Lt Col David Evans (2008–2012)
- Lt Col Luttrell Gus Schettler (2003–2008)
- Lt Col John F. White (1995–2003)
- Lt Col Clyde Huskey(??-??)
- Lt Col Nick Hanson(1987–1993)
- Lt Col Fred Bonney (1974–1987)
- 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)
- McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tennessee(16 August 2002 – present)
- Alcoa ANGS, Tennessee (1 September 1965 – 16 August 2002)
- Otis Air Force Base (18 January 1952 – 1 September 1965)
- Knoxville National Guard Armory, Tennessee(6 October 1950 – 18 January 1952)
- Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 
- National Guard Meritorious Service Awards × 2
- Air Guard Outstanding Mission Support Squadron Awards × 2
- House of Representatives: "Rep Duncan Honors the 119th Air Control Squadron"
- House of Representatives: "Rep Duncan Celebrates Air National Guard Base",7 September 2007
- Knoxnews.com "Changing of the Guard: Franklin Named New Commander of 119th"
- Tennessee National Guard History
- Defense Technical Information Center: Final JTIMS "v2.3" Requirements, 17 Aug 2007
- Tennessee ANG Vacancy: TECHNICIAN VACANCY Announcement Number 09-124
- Tennessee Military Department: Col L. Gus Schettler Official Biography
- National Guard Bureau: "Statement By Lieutenant General H Steven Blum Chief, National Guard Bureau Before The Commission On The National Guard And Reserves On The Appropriate Role Of The National Guard And Reserves In Homeland Security And Homeland Defense"
- "Tennessee Guardsmen keeping eye on space", 1 Sep 2000
- AF FOIA Request 2009-0006-F, 13 July 2009
- Blount Today.com: "Changing Command Photo Gallery"
- Air National Guard: ANG RESOURCE BOOK TOTAL FORCE STRUCTURE