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2d Space Warning Squadron

2d Space Warning Squadron
2d Space Warning Squadron Patch
Active 15 May 1992 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Space Operations
Role Missile Warning
Part of AFSPC/14 AF
Garrison/HQ Buckley AFB, Colorado
Nickname(s) "Squawkin' Dogs"
Motto "They Shall Not Pass"
Decorations AFOUA

The 2d Space Warning Squadron (2SWS) Is part of the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. It operates the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellites conducting global monitoring for significant infrared events.

Mission

Operate and maintain the SBIRS satellite constellation and Mission Control Station. Additionally, they report ballistic missile and space launches, nuclear detonations, and infrared data of operational value to the President, Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, intelligence agencies, and global warfighters.[1]

History

The 2d has operated ground stations set up to control the Defense Support Program (DSP) and Space-Based Infrared System, space-based surveillance systems configured to detect and report ballistic missile launches, space launches, and nuclear detonations since 1992. [2]

Previous Designations

  • 2d Space Warning Squadron (1993–Present)
  • 2d Space Communications Squadron (1992–1993)
  • 2d Communications Squadron (1971–1992)

Commanders

  • Lt Col April Wimmer (July 2015 – Present)
  • Lt Col Francois H. Roy II (June 2013 – July 2015)
  • Lt Col John "Skip" Henley (June 2011 – June 2013)
  • Lt Col Jennifer K. Jenkins (June 2009 - June 2011)
  • Lt Col Michelle Edmondson (June 2007 - Jun 2009)
  • Lt Col Daniel D. Wright III (June 2005 - June 2007)
  • Lt Col Steven Smith (June 2003 - June 2007)
  • Lt Col Robert D. Gibson (June 2001 - June 2003)
  • Lt Col Jack Weinstein (July 1999 - July 2001)[3]
  • Lt Col Eric R. Molner (13 May 1999 - 13 July 1999)
  • Lt Col Franklin R. Fish (23 Jul 1997 - 12 May 1999)
  • Lt Col Samuel G. Edgar III (31 May 1996 - 22 July 1997)[4]
  • Col Duane W. Deal (Jul 1995 - May 1996)[5]
  • Col R. Layman (27 November 1993 - 8 June 1995)[6]
  • Col John S. Paul (July 1992 - December 1993)[7]
  • Col Hannigan (March 1991 - July 1992)
  • Col Hess (August 1988 - March 1991)
  • Col Matsuyama (July 1986 - August 1988)
  • Col Doss (July 1984 - July 1986)
  • Col David Wenker (July 1982 - July 1984)
  • Col Walker (July 1981 - July 1982)
  • Col Henry Hill (May 1978 - July 1981)
  • Col Bernard Kerin (August 1975 - May 1978)
  • Lt Col Leo Johnson (June 1975 - August 1975)
  • Col Kenneth Ertel (August 1973 - June 1975)
  • Col Donald A. Vogt (early 1973 – August 1973)[8]
  • Col Lura Hearn (1971 - 1973)

Assignments

Bases stationed<

Systems Operated

Decorations

References

  1. ^ 460 OG Fact Sheet
  2. ^ AFHRA 2 SPWR Page
  3. ^ Info
  4. ^ AFHRA FOIA Req 09-0061: 21st Space Wing Roster of Key Personnel (as of 31 Dec 1996)
  5. ^ Air Force Link: "General Duane W. Deal Official Biography"
  6. ^ DoCops
  7. ^ I worked with Col (ret) Paul in HQ AFSPC in 2013. Jay Jones, former 2 SWS/DO 2008-2010
  8. ^ Bio
  9. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-10, 2001
  10. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-97, 2000
  11. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-62, 6 Dec 1999
  12. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-9, 6 Dec 1999
  13. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-09, 1 Nov 1997
  14. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-15, 1995
  15. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-095, 1992
  16. ^ Department of the Air Force Special Order GB-280, 1984
  17. ^ Department of the Air Force Special Order GB-114, 1982
  18. ^ Department of the Air Force Special Order GB-161, 1977

Bibliography

  • USAF 2d Space Warning Squadron History
  • 460th Operations Group Fact Sheet

External links

  • USAF Engineers 2 SPWRS Page
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