2d Space Warning Squadron

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2d Space Warning Squadron
21st Space Wing - Defense Satellite Program.jpg
Active 1992–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Missile Warning
Part of Air Force Space Command
Garrison/HQ Buckley AFB, Colorado
Nickname(s) Squawkin' Dogs[citation needed]
Motto(s) Ils Ne Passeront Pas French They Shall Not Pass
2d Space Warning Squadron emblem (Approved 2 March 1995)[1] 2d Space Warning Squadron.png

The 2d Space Warning Squadron Is part of the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. It operates the Space-Based Infrared System satellites conducting global monitoring for significant infrared events.


Operate and maintain the Space-Based Infrared System satellite constellation and Mission Control Station. Additionally, they report ballistic missile and space launches, nuclear detonations, and infrared data of operational value to the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, intelligence agencies, and global warfighters.[2]


The 2d has operated ground stations set up to control the Defense Support Program (DSP) and Space-Based Infrared System, space-based surveillance systems configured to detect and report ballistic missile launches, space launches, and nuclear detonations since 1992.


  • Constituted as the 2d Space Communications Squadron on 1 May 1992
Activated on 15 May 1992
Redesignated 2d Space Warning Squadron on 1 May 1993[1]



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  1. ^ a b c d e Robertson, Patsy (September 24, 2008). "Factsheet 31 Fighter Wing (USAFE)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on 2013-12-31. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c No byline. "Buckley AFB Factsheets 460th Operations Group". 460th Space Wing Public Affairs. Archived from the original on February 12, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2018.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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