4th Space Control Squadron

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4th Space Control Squadron
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Mobile communication antennae at Holloman AFB
Active 1990–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Control of Offensive CounterspaceSystems[1]
Part of Air Force Space Command
Garrison/HQ Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
Nickname(s) Pirates[2]
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award[3]
Insignia
4th Space Control Squadron emblem (approved 5 June 1995)[3][note 1] 4th Space Control Squadron.PNG

The United States Air Force's 4th Space Control Squadron is an offensive space control unit[1] located at Peterson AFB, Colorado.[4]

Mission[edit]

The 4th Space Control Squadron is an Air Force Space Command unit responsible for delivering defensive and offensive counterspace and space situational awareness, as appropriate, to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile effects in support of global and theater campaigns.[5]

The squadron provides combat space superiority effects to the Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, and theater Combatant Commanders through operation of the Counter Communications System.

History[edit]

The unit initially activated at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in October 1990 as the 4th Surveillance Squadron, when it replaced Detachment 2, of the 694th Electronic Security Wing and assumed its personnel and equipment.[5][note 2]

The Low Altitude Space Surveillance system (LASS) was activated by Air Force Space Command in October 1990. The unit was named the 4th Surveillance Squadron. One year later, it was redesignated as the 4th Space Surveillance Squadron. During this time, the unit continued to perform a research and development mission and a mission to train newly assigned LASS operators until April 1993. The 4th SPSS also performed mobile space surveillance communications and space data relay.[6]

The squadron was assigned to the 73d Space Surveillance Group and in April 1995 merged with the 21st Space Wing. In April 1996, the unit moved operations from its home at Lackland AFB, Texas, to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, its present location. The unit was redesignated as the 4th Space Control Squadron in February 2003. The 4th transitioned to a counterspace mission in July 2005, and activated its first Counter Communications System on 11 April 2006.

From late 2002 until May 2003 the squadron deployed 56 members to support Operation Iraqi Freedom to provide data relay and other space communications for theater commanders.[7]

Squadron members deployed to the 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron along with other 21st Space Wing units to support Operation Silent Sentry and the Rapid Attack Identification Detection and Reporting System (RAIDRS) in Southwest Asia. Formerly known as the SATCOM Interference Response System (SIRS), Silent Sentry began simply as a proof of concept but grew into a fully operational system that supported the Combined Air and Space Operations Center's ability to command and control its forces. The system was Air Force Space Command's first deployable defensive counterspace weapon system. Their efforts earned them the 2006 Air Force Association Citation of Honor for "outstanding contribution of an organization to the development of aerospace power for the betterment of mankind."[8]

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 4th Surveillance Squadron on 26 September 1990
  • Activated on 1 October 1990
  • Redesignated 4th Space Surveillance Squadron on 15 May 1992
  • Redesignated 4th Space Control Squadron on 1 March 2003[3]

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

  • Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, 1 October 1990[3]
  • Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, 16 April 1996[3]
  • Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 2014 – present[4]

Commanders[edit]

  • Lt Col Scott D. Brodeur (2012–Present)
  • Lt Col E. Marcus Caughey (2010- 2012)
  • Lt Col Carl M. Jones (2008-2010)[5]
  • Lt Col Daniel A. Dant (2006-2008)[9]
  • Lt Col Fred W. Gaudlip (2004–2006)
  • Lt Col James Wolf (circa 2002–2004)[10]
  • Lt Col Stephen M. Tanous (2000–2002)[11]
  • Lt Col Jonathan Watkins (1998–2000)
  • Lt Col Cameron Bowser (1996–1998)
  • Lt Col James G. Lee (circa 1996)[12]

Systems Operated[edit]

  • Counter Communications System (2006–Present)[5][13]
  • Low Altitude Space Surveillance System (1986–2006)[1]

Decorations[edit]

1 January 1999 – 31 December 1999
1 January 2000 – 31 August 2001
1 October 2005 – 30 September 2007[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Blazon: Azure, a demi-globe issuant from base Celeste, gridlined Azure below an eagle volant proper above in dexter base three mullets of four in bend sinister Or, all within a diminished border of the third. Haulman Factsheet, 4 Space Control Squadron.
  2. ^ Detachment 2 was a space systems training unit for Electronic Security Command. Its origins were with Detachment 2, 6960th Electronic Security Wing, which was organized in September 1986. When the 6960th was inactivated in October, the detachment was replaced by Detachment 2, Headquarters, Continental Electronic Security Division, which was replaced in turn by Detachment 2, Headquarters, Space Electronic Security Division in May 1988. It came under the 694th Electronic Security Wing in May 1989. Peterson AFB Factsheet, 4th Space Control Squadron.
Citations
  1. ^ a b c Dant, LTC Daniel (September 14, 2006). "Holloman AFB Commentary: Commanding with a vision key to good leadership". 49th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Raymond, Col Jay (2007). "Commander's Corner: 4th Space Control Squadron visit highlights exceptional unit" (PDF). Space Observer. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Haulman, Daniel L. (October 21, 2011). "Factsheet 4 Space Control Squadron (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "21st Space Wing Units: 4th Space Control Squadron". 21st Space Wing Public Affairs. June 29, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Peterson AFB Library: 4th Space Control Squadron Factsheet". 21st Space Wing Public Affairs. July 14, 2014. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ Pike, John (July 20, 2011). "21st Space Wing (21st SW)". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ "4th SPCS honored during welcome home parade" (PDF). Space Observer. Archived from the original on February 26, 2007. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Khan, Maj Shariful (September 21, 2007). "Silent Sentry contributes to ops throughout the AOR". U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ Lt. Col. Daniel Dant (14 September 2006). "Ibid". Holloman.af.mil. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Space Observer 22 May 2003" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Official Biography (Mar 2007)". Vandenberg.af.mil. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  12. ^ AFHRA FOIA Req 09-0061: 21st Space Wing Roster of Key Personnel (as of 31 Dec 1996)
  13. ^ "Pentagon's Plans for "Space Control"". DefenseTech.org. January 27, 2007. Archived from the original on October 17, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 

Bibliography[edit]

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

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