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50TH OPERATIONS GROUP

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The 50th Operations Group is a component of the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The group was activated Jan. 30, 1992.

The group consists of 10 active-duty, Reserve and Guard squadrons and one detachment, with units located at Schriever AFB; Suitland, Maryland and Vandenberg AFB, California.

Mission
The 50th Operations Group commands and controls, and executes launch and early orbit operations, for more than 65 satellites, which support the President, Secretary of Defense, federal and civilian agencies and all U.S. and allied military forces. It is comprised of more than 1,100 active-duty, Reserve and civilian professionals, and provides operational leadership, trains space operations crews and provides standardization and evaluation to more than 500 space system operators. The group's space operations centers perform 24-hour tracking, telemetry and commanding functions during launch, early-orbit and on-orbit spacecraft operations, as well as anomaly resolution and disposal.

Organization
The 1st Space Operations Squadron is located at Schriever AFB and is Air Force Space Command's premier organization for space-based space situational awareness.  The squadron commands, controls and operates the Space Based Space Surveillance System, Advanced Technology Risk Reduction system and the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program.

The 2nd Space Operations Squadron provides precise, three-dimensional position, velocity and timing information to military and civilian users around the globe by operating the Global Positioning System, the military's largest and the world's most widely-used satellite constellation. The squadron operates and maintains the Master Control Station at Schriever AFB and a worldwide network of GPS-dedicated ground antennas and monitoring stations to provide around-the-clock command and control of the 38-satellite constellation.

The 3rd Space Operations Squadron conducts day-to-day telemetry analysis, satellite commanding, orbital data collection, anomaly resolution, tactics development, defensive space control and on-orbit operations for the Defense Satellite Communications System and Wideband Global Satellite Communications constellation.

The 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron is Air Force Space Command's premier organization for space-based demonstrations and experiments.  3 SES is the lead squadron for capitalizing on the operational potential of several developmental satellites as part of the Multi-Mission Satellite Operations Center with the Operationally Responsive Space-1 satellite, the first satellite out of the Operationally Responsive Space initiative, bringing electro-optical imaging capabilities to the warfighter. The squadron also oversees the day-to-day operations of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, an experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the USAF.

The 4th Space Operations Squadron operates the Milstar and Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation, providing the nation's warfighters global, secure, survivable, strategic and tactical communications throughout the full spectrum of conflict. They execute the unique mission of communications management, satellite command and control and ground segment maintenance for the Milstar/AEHF constellation.

The 50th Operations Support Squadron leads operational training programs and policies to ensure combat readiness for the DoD's largest satellite wing with hundreds of operators and multiple operational squadrons operating 70 satellites worth more than $50 billion. In support of operational readiness, 50 OSS provides 22,000 hours of comprehensive weapon system training and produces more than 5,100 training materials in the form of lesson plans, study guides, tests and computer based training each year. To provide 2,000 hours of hands-on simulator training per year, its personnel also maintain $6.2 million, high-fidelity space trainers to guarantee the most proficient operators for five different command and control systems.

The 50th Operations Group Detachment 1 is responsible for overseeing the command and control of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program constellation. DMSP is a DoD satellite system that provides critical strategic and tactical meteorological and environmental weather data to global military and civilian users. Detachment 1 coordinates the activities for a diverse user community that includes the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center and Air Force Weather Agency. Detachment 1 provides contract management for sustainment, a single point of contact for US Air Force interests in the national environmental satellite community, and oversight and reporting for the NOAA civil servants who operate and sustain the DMSP constellation.

History
The Army Air Forces' 50th Pursuit Group stood up Jan. 15, 1941, and inactivated at La Junta Army Airfield, Colorado, Nov. 7, 1945, after earning a distinguished flying record over forward bases in Europe during World War II. The 50 OG stood up at Falcon AFB Jan. 30, 1992, the same day as the 50th Space Wing. When the 50 OG activated, its crews -- formerly the crews of the 1002 OG -- monitored satellites during launch operations, maneuvered them into proper orbits and maintained their health in space.

(Current as of April 2015)







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