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50th Space Communications Squadron

50th Space Communications Squadron

50th Space Communications Squadron

The 50th Space Communications Squadron is a component of the 50th Mission Support Group, headquartered at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. 

Mission

The 50th SCS operates, maintains and defends the national space enterprise, Team Schriever and warfighters' most critical missions through cyberspace. The unit delivers superior space mission cyber defense and maintenance capabilities, now and into the future. The 50th SCS's responsibilities include: 

* Always take care of Airmen and their families

* Provide mission assurance to space mission systems through integrated and innovative cyberspace operations and maintenance processes 

* Maintain, sustain and modernize Team Schriever’s cybersecurity posture and space mission systems

* Trained and Combat Ready Force

* Foster key mission system partner relationships

* Focused mission transition planning and posturing for tomorrow’s challenges

* Innovation through Continuous Process Improvement
 

The 50th SCS provides command and control systems supporting $50 billion in national satellite and terrestrial systems for the
President,the U.S., Allied and coalition forces. The squadron operates and maintains communications-computer systems
establishing real-time global connectivity to more than 150 satellites comprising the Global Positioning System, Defense Meteorological
Satellite Program, DefenseSatellite Program, Defense Satellite Communications System, Milstar, Fleet Satellite Communications
System,Ultra High Frequency Follow-On System, NATO, Defense Advanced Research Program Agency and test system satellites
through the $6.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network.

The 50th SCS operates and maintains base communications systems including inside and outside cable plant, base telephone
switches and systems, Defense Red Switch Network switch, Defense Information Systems Agency multifunction switch, security
control systems, video teleconferencing systems, Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network, Secure Internet Protocol Router
Network and land mobile radios delivering command, control, computers, communications and information services to more than
8,000 base personnel. It also provides logistics sustainment support to 18 Geographically Separated Units at 14 sites around the world.

The 50th SCS operates DEL 6’s Air Force Cyber Defense Correlation Cell for Space (CDCC-S) and executes
defensive cyberspace operations to protect and defend critical space mission systems.

The 50th SCS manages 70 DISA nodes providing secure/non-secure voice and data communications for more than 485 worldwide
sites. The squadron manages the Department of Defense Global Broadcast Service.

Finally, the squadron provides Schriever AFB and the delta information assurance, knowledge operations, records management,
Freedom of Information Act oversight, spectrum management, configuration management, multimedia services and quality control services.


History
The squadron was activated as the 50th Communications Squadron on Jan. 1, 1943, as a component of the 50th Air Base Group. The
squadron moved to Hahn Air Base, Germany with the rest of the 50th Fighter-Bomber Wing and served there until inactivated on
July 1, 1962.  United States Air Forces Europe again activated the squadron on March 1, 1991. It inactivated on Sept. 30, 1991.
The Air Force re-designated the unit 50th SCS and assigned it to Air Force Space Command for activation. AFSPC then activated the
squadron as a component of the 50th OG on Jan. 30, 1992. AFSPC re-designated the unit as 50th SCS Oct. 1, 2002. It joined the 50th
NOG Mar. 10, 2004.

As of July 24, 2020, the 50th SCS became part of the 50th MSG in line with the U.S. Space Force's structure change.

(Current as of July 2020)