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4TH SPACE OPERATIONS SQUADRON

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The 4th Space Operations Squadron is a component of the 50th Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The squadron was activated April 30, 1992.

Mission
The mission of the 4th Space Operations Squadron is to operate 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 squadron also operates three mobile constellation control stations at various locations in conjunction with host partners. At higher readiness levels and during exercises, these personnel deploy with U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Northern Command respectively. The 4 SOPS motto, "Linking the Forces," reflects Milstar's responsibility to enhance the nation's secure communications capability.

Unlike other satellite communications systems, Milstar's and AEHF's intelligent processing capabilities allow 4 SOPS to integrate spacecraft and payload support with knowledge of current user operations on the constellation. As a result, 4 SOPS executes apportionment enforcement, resource monitoring and user troubleshooting functions for all Milstar and AEHF users from the Joint Staff to forward deployed forces. The unit's unique integration of SATCOM user support with satellite command and control has set the standard for integrated space effects delivery.

History
The 4 SOPS gains its heritage from the 4th Photographic Squadron, which was activated June 10, 1941, at March Field, California. This highly decorated unit saw significant action in the Pacific Theater during World War II, until it was inactivated April 14, 1946. It was reactivated as the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range) in December 1946, and inactivated June 29, 1949. In May 1952, the unit was reactivated as the 4th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium), and inactivated July 1, 1958, at Rickenbacker AFB, Ohio. 4 SOPS was activated April 30, 1992 from the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, with its new mission to operate the Milstar satellite communications system.

(Current as of April 2015)







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