2d Space Launch Squadron
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|2d Space Launch Squadron
Titan IV ready to launch
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Motto(s)||Rising Stars (approved 24 May 1995)|
|Decorations||Air Force Outstanding Unit Award|
|2d Space Launch Squadron emblem (approved 15 January 1991)|
The 2d Space Launch Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was a space lift unit located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California from 1990 to 2005. It was inactivated after the last Titan IV launch.
When founded, the two launch squadrons at Vandenberg AFB divided launch duties, with the 4th Space Launch Squadron working with Titan II and Titan IV vehicles while the 2d worked with Delta II, Atlas, and other launch vehicles. On 18 May 1998, the two squadrons merged into one, the 2d. The merged squadron was responsible for overseeing all launch operations at Vandenberg AFB. The reason for the merger was the similarity in missions performed by both units.
- Constituted as the 2d Space Launch Squadron 0n 11 September 1990
- Western Space and Missile Center, 1 October 1990
- 30th Operations Group, 19 November 1991
- 30th Launch Group, 1 December 2003 - 31 October 2005
Aircraft & Missiles
- 1 November 1991 - 30 September 1993
- Endicott, p. 330
- Air Force Association: "Two Space Squadrons Merge"[verification needed]
- Lineage, including assignments, decorations and stations, through 1995 in Endicott, p. 330
- Research Division, Air Force Historical Research Agency, Air Force Organization Change Status Report, October 2005, Maxwell AFB, AL
- Rogers,[page needed]
- World Airpower Journal. (1992). US Air Force Air Power Directory. Aerospace Publishing: London, UK. ISBN 1-880588-01-3
- Endicott, Judy G. (1998). Active Air Force Wings as of 1 October 1995 and USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995 (PDF). Air Force History and Museums Program. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ASIN B000113MB2. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
- Rogers, Brian. (2005). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. Hinkley, UK: Midland Publications. ISBN 1-85780-197-0.