148th Space Operations Squadron

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148th Space Operations Squadron
148th Space Operations Squadron.png
148th Space Operations Squadron emblem
Active 2000-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Satellite Operations
Role Combat Support
Part of 162d Combat Communications Group/California ANG
Garrison/HQ Vandenberg Air Force Base
Motto WE HOLD THE KEYS
Engagements Operation DESERT SHIELD
Operation DESERT STORM
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col Barry Heiling

The United States Air Force's 148th Space Operations Squadron (148th SOPS) is a satellite control unit located at Vandenberg AFB, California. The 148th SOPS is tasked with back-up command and control of the MILSTAR satellite constellation.

Mission

The 148 SOPS mans the Milstar Operations Center-Vandenberg (MOC-V), one of two fixed Milstar Ground Stations.[1] Unique to Milstar is its ground segment for control of the constellation. Milstar has two fixed ground stations, Milstar Satellite Operations Center (MSOC), at 4 SOPS and Milstar Operations Center – Vandenberg or MOC-V. Each site is fully capable of complete constellation control and operates 24/7. The Milstar Ops Center-Vandenberg is operated by the 148th SOPS, a California Air Guard Unit, and does control 2 Milstar satellites full-time.

History

The 148th SOPS was originally established as the 148th Combat Communications Squadron at Compton, California. The unit was redesignated the 148th Space Operations Squadron, and relocated to Vandenberg AFB, California on 31 October 2000.

Previous designations

  • 148th Space Operations Squadron (2000–Present)
  • 148th Combat Communications Squadron (???-2000)
  • 148th Mobil Communications Squadron (196? - 197?)

Locations

  • Vandenberg AFB, California (2000–Present)
  • March ARB, California (1997–2000)[2]
  • Ontario ANGS, California (1984–1997)[3]
  • Compton, California (1948-1951) as the 148th Aircraft Control and Warming Squadron. Oklahoma Air Force Station, OK (1 May 1951 to 31 January 1952) Oklahoma Air Force Station, OK. Compton ANG Station, CA (1953-1960) as 148th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. Compton ANGB, CA (1960-1976) as the 148th Mobil Communications Squadron. Compton ANGB, CA (1976- ) as 148th Combat Communications Squadron. Ontario ANGB, CA

( -1977) as 148th Combat Communications Squadron. Title: 50th Anniversary-History of 148th Combat Comm Squadron.

Decorations

See also

References

  1. "Office of the Secretary of Defense: "The Annual Report of the Reserve Forces Policy Board Data Based on Fiscal Year 2000", May 2001". Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Secretary of the Air Force/Installations, Environment and Logistics: "FORMER ONTARIO AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE (BRAC 1995)"". Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "MilitaryMuseum.org: "History of Ontario Air National Guard Station", 18 April 08". Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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