625th Strategic Operations Squadron

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625th Strategic Operations Squadron
625th Strategic Operations Squadron.png
625th Strategic Operations Squadron emblem
Active 1996-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Strategic Operations
Role Nuclear Targeting, Airborne Launch Control System, Ballistic Missile Analysis
Part of 8 AF/Global Strike Command
Garrison/HQ Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Motto(s) Si vis pacem, para bellum - "If you wish peace, prepare for war"
Mascot(s) Harvey the RV
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col Hayley S. James

The mission of the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron (STOS) is to execute and support global strike through continuous, rapid, accurate and survivable nuclear operations.[1] The 625th STOS has five flights that play different roles in this mission. The Latin motto of the 625th STOS is Si vis pacem para bellum, which means, "If you wish for peace, prepare for war."

The 625th STOS is located at Offutt AFB, Nebraska and falls under the 595th Command and Control Group (C2G), 8th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).

625th STOS flights[edit]

Airborne Launch Control System Operations flight (DOO)[edit]

The Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS) operations flight provides combat forces for the United States Strategic Command "Looking Glass" Airborne Command Post (ABNCP) on board the Navy’s E-6B Mercury aircraft. Flying as integral members of the ABNCP battle staff, the ALCS crew, using on-board equipment, provides a survivable means to launch the Nation’s LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) force.[1]

ICBM Targeting flight (DOM)[edit]

The ICBM Targeting flight, working closely with United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and JFCC-GS, maintains current and accurate targeting for the Nation’s LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBM fleet. Additionally, the flight produces the targeting for all ICBM test launches, support Air Force Global Strike Command software tests, and develops, documents, verifies and maintains targeting software programs and operating procedures required for daily ICBM alert operations.[1]

ALCS Training and Evaluation flight (DOT)[edit]

The ALCS Training and Evaluation flight provides simulator and classroom training to Missile Combat Crew-Airborne missileers who operate the Airborne Launch Control System onboard the E-6B Mercury. The ALCS Training and Evaluation flight also provides ALCS initial Mission Qualification Training and Combat Mission Ready currency training and evaluations.[1]

Test and Analysis flight (DOX)[edit]

The Test and Analysis flight executes flight safety zones and optimum launch tracks for the ALCS onboard the U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury aircraft. The team oversees flight performance analysis and capability assessments of U.S. and foreign ballistic missile weapon systems. The team also serves as the airborne test conductor for all ICBM force development evaluation missions in which they lead, plan and coordinate Airborne Launch Control System test missions with USSTRATCOM, AFGSC, US Navy and other national agencies.[1]

Systems Development flight (DOS)[edit]

The Systems Development flight develops documents, verifies and maintains the operational readiness for ICBM targeting software programs and operating procedures required for daily Minuteman III ICBM targeting operations. Additionally, they directly support the Targeting flight and the Test and Analysis flight through software development, programs, operations and network sustainment.[1]

History[edit]

The squadron was first activated at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, on April 15, 1996 as the 625th Missile Operations Flight (MOF) [2] and was the product of a number of organizational changes within the ICBM community subsequent to the end of the Cold War. It reported to Air Force Space Command. The MOF’s mission was to deploy ICBM targeting, train ALCS crews and ensure operational capability of strategic communications networks (SACCS) between operational field units and national leadership. The unit also analyzed foreign ballistic missiles and provided threat information to the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System.

Re-designated the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron (STOS) on June 14, 2007, reassigned from under Air Force Space Command to Air Force Global Strike Command on December 1, 2009,[3] and realigned under the 595th Command and Control Group (C2G) on October 1, 2016,[4] the unit continues to provide the same critical capability for our national defense. Under the 595th C2G, the 625th STOS maintains unique command structure reporting to Eighth Air Force for organize, train and equip functions, while directly reporting to Task Force 214 and USSTRATCOM for all warfighter-related matters.

On June 1, 2017, the functions and personnel of the Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) flight, which formerly was aligned under the 625th STOS, was transferred to the 595th Strategic Communications Squadron of the 595th C2G.

625th Strategic Operations Squadron

Emblem significance[edit]

The blue background represents sky, constancy, devotion, loyalty, and thought that contribute to the defense of the nation. The dark sky-blue field represents the atmospheric operating medium while the ultramarine/reflex-blue field represents the space operating medium. The red represent boldness, hardiness, liberty, patriotism, strength, and valor in unit character. The white represents the maturity and perfection demanded to accomplish every mission. Lastly, the gold represents the 625th STOS’ combined heritage from both 8th and 20th Air Forces, Air Force Global Strike Command and United States Strategic Command.

The three red and gold lines with red arrow heads symbolize the squadron’s commitment to the ever vigilant forces at three missile wings: F.E. Warren, Malmstrom and Minot AFBs. The three white stars represent the squadron’s three primary contributions to nuclear deterrence: Survivability, provided by an airborne platform, the force multiplying capability proven through rigorous tests and evaluations, and the pristine re-targeting verified and provided to on-alert ICBMs.[5][1]

Previous designations[edit]

  • 625th Strategic Operations Squadron (14 June 2007–Present)[6]
  • 625th Missile Operations Flight (1 April 1996 – 14 June 2007)

Bases stationed[edit]

E-6B Mercury
LGM-30G Minuteman III in its silo
SACCS
Minuteman III missile postboost vehicle

Missiles, aircraft, and systems operated[edit]

Decorations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "625th STOS Fact Sheet"
  2. ^ MercentaryMissileer.com: "625th Strategic Operations Squadron Activated at Offutt AFB"
  3. ^ Air Force Global Strike Command officials work toward seamless transition with mission transfer
  4. ^ "595th C2G Activates at Offutt"
  5. ^ 625 STOS Blazon and Significance from Air Force Historical Research Agency
  6. ^ a b c 625 STOS Lineage and Honors from Air Force Historical Research Agency
  7. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-09, 1 November 1997