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50th Operations Support Squadron

50th Operations Support Squadron

50th Operations Support Squadron

The 50th Operations Support Squadron is a component of the 50th Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. 
The squadron was originally constituted the 50th Airdrome Squadron Jan. 25, 1943 that was later disbanded April 1, 1944. On Jan. 30, 1992, 
the squadron was reconstituted and re-designated the 50 OSS.

The 50 OSS’ mission is to “lead training, intel operations and tactics development to support integrated space and cyberspace operations.” 
Specifically, 50th OSS leads training programs and policies to ensure combat readiness for the Department of Defense's largest satellite 
wing with hundreds of operators and multiple operational squadrons, operating 64 satellites worth more than $53 billion. In April 2016, Space 
Training Transformation was completed, relocating Initial Qualification Training for Space Domain Awareness, Position Navigation, and Timing 
and Military Satellite Communications from Vandenberg AFB, California to the 50 OSS. The 50 OSS instructors provide Initial/Mission 
Qualification Training, Upgrade Training and Instructor Qualification Training for three mission areas, graduating more than 300 students 
per year. In support of operational readiness, highly skilled instructors provide the foundational and advanced knowledge necessary for 
students to become successful space operators. The 50 OSS provides 13,470 hours of comprehensive weapon system training critical to 
developing our next generation of warfighters. Its personnel also maintain a $71.6 million Standard Space Trainer, essential in providing 8,900 
hours of hands-on simulator training per year. This high-fidelity space trainer was designed to integrate various mission areas into a 
train-like-we-fight environment and to prepare the most proficient operators to be successful against a thinking adversary.

Courseware development personnel produce more than 22,000 training materials in the form of lesson plans, study guides, tests and 
computer-based training each year. The 50 OSS executes critical group-wide functions, including implementing instructional system design 
approach for the entire operations group and certifying approximately 150 instructors per year across nine units. Additionally, the squadron’s 
computer systems programmers created an innovative three-dimensional modeling concept used to design and convert eight virtual 
satellite models into tactile training aids thus replicating the intricacies of 50 SW on-orbit systems and enhancing student expertise of specific 
satellite components to allow greater knowledge and proficiency spanning four weapon systems.

Additionally, 50 OSS delivers guidance and assists in developing training programs for all space and cyber operational systems across the 
50 SW. They work closely with various industry partners, the satellite operations squadrons, the Space and Missile Systems Center program 
offices and Headquarters, U.S. Space Force. "Team OSS" ensures the training, combat readiness and smooth transition to operations for 
multiple next generation satellite constellations and command and control systems.

Finally, in addition to group level functions, 50 OSS personnel provide a myriad of wing level missions and operations. No longer operating 
in a benign space environment, 50 OSS is working hard to train operators on the importance of delivering capabilities in a contested, 
degraded and limited operational domain. Weapons and tactics personnel produce procedures and strategies to maximize the impact of space 
superiority capabilities to the warfighter. The 50 OSS intelligence specialists develop system threat assessments, mitigation efforts and reports 
ensuring continued satellite operations for the entire wing.  Both Intelligence and Weapons and Tactics personnel significantly contribute to 
advanced training scenario development within the Operations Group. Advanced training is critical in developing the next generation of space 
cadre to better understand the threat environment to anticipate potential attacks and operate through an attack if one should occur.

The War Department constituted the 50 OSS under the name 50th Airdrome Squadron Jan. 25, 1943, and activated it under the command 
of 2nd Air Force, with station at Herington Army Air Field, Kansas, Feb. 1. The squadron moved to Casper Army Air Base, Wyoming, March 
25 and returned to Herington AAF May 9. The War Department disbanded the squadron April 1, 1944.

The Department of the Air Force reconstituted the squadron Jan. 1, 1992, renaming it 50 OSS and assigning it to the Air Force Space 
Command. AFSPC activated the squadron as a unit of the 50 OG with station at Falcon Air Force Station (later renamed Schriever AFB) 
Jan. 30, 1992.

The 50 OSS has earned the American Theater Service Streamer for World War II and four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards between 
Oct. 1, 1998 and Oct. 2, 2003.

(Current as of December 2019)