U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet|
310TH SPACE GROUP|
The 310th Space Group, the only space group
in the Air Force Reserve, is located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.
The unit was activated Sept. 4, 1997 at Peterson AFB, Colo., and
reports directly to 10th Air Force.
A fully integrated partner in executing and enabling U.S. and allied global missions
Provide specialized expertise, continuity and combat ready personnel, projecting space power for U.S. interests worldwide.
Commander's Name: Colonel Jeffrey J. Ansted
Parent Unit: 10th Air Force
group is composed of ten units: 6th Space Operations Squadron, 7th
Space Operations Squadron, 8th Space Warning Squadron, 9th Space
Operations Squadron, 14th Test Squadron, 19th Space Operations
Squadron, 26th Space Aggressor Squadron, 310th Security Forces
Squadron, 310th Communications Flight, and Headquarters Reserve
National Security Space Institute.
The 6th SOPS at Schriever
operates the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellites in
support of the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The 7th SOPS
at Schriever provides support for the Global Positioning System and
Defense Support Program satellites through routine operations, anomaly
resolution, launch and early orbit, and satellite disposal. They also
provide operations support for research and development satellites such
as the Advanced Composition Explorer and the Midcourse Space Experiment
satellites, as well as perform booster launch operations for the Delta
The 8th SWS at Buckley AFB, Colo., operates the
Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) to provide strategic and tactical
early warning to warfighters.
The 9th SOPS at Vandenberg AFB,
Calif., supports the 14th Air Force Joint Space Operations Center
(Space AOC), enabling the commander of 14th Air Force to command and
control space forces by providing force status, intelligence data, and
battle space awareness. They also provide the Air Force component of
United States Strategic Command the capability to plan, synchronize,
direct, integrate and execute assigned forces in support of unified
The 14th TS at Schriever augments the
17th TS by providing independent assessments of space system
operational effectiveness and suitability. They provide subject matter
experts and surge capability for Air Force Space Command testing.
19th SOPS at Schriever supports the 2nd SOPS in the launch, sustainment
and operations of the GPS satellite constellation providing 24-hour,
highly accurate navigation, timing and nuclear detonation information
to users worldwide. They also support the modernization of the GPS
space and control system.
The 26th SAS, at Schriever is
specifically chartered to augment the 527th SAS in the replication of
adversary space capabilities in support of Air Expeditionary Force
spin-up, world-wide exercises, training and testing, to enhance U.S.
space superiority, force readiness, and survivability.
310th SFS at Schriever provides critical security for AFSPC ground
segment assets worldwide. They also augment U.S. Air Force security
forces units worldwide during periods of increased operations tempo.
310th Communications Flight at Peterson augments AFSPC Network
Operations and Security Center operational crews providing command and
control and situational awareness for AFSPC communications systems and
The HQ Reserve National Security Space Institute in
Colorado Springs, Colo. is part of the DoD focal point for educating
space power application in joint warfighting. They provide surge
capability through specialized traditional reserve expertise: course
research, development, instruction and administer the Reserve Space
Professional Development Program.
Unit History: The 310th has
a long and rich heritage dating back to World War II when it began as
the 310th Bombardment Group on March 15, 1942. The unit flew B-25
"Mitchell" bombers in support of operations in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy,
Sardinia, France, Austria and Yugoslavia during the war. The group
perfected "skip bombing" techniques against bridge, airborne, rail yard
and marshaling yard targets. The group was inactivated Sept. 12, 1945.
310th Bombardment Wing was reactivated in 1952 and trained on the B-29
Superfortress before converting to the B-47 Stratojet. The wing
deployed to Royal Air Force station Upper Heyford, England, from March
10 to June 8, 1955 and to RAF Greenham Common, England, from Oct. 3,
1956 to Jan. 19, 1965.
On Sept. 1, 1991, the 310th Training
and Test Wing was activated for a short time at Vandenberg. It was
inactivated on July 1, 1993.
The 310th designator was again
activated with the stand up of the 310th Space Group Sept. 4, 1997. The
group was created from its original squadron, the 7th SOPS, and has
grown rapidly with the realization of the critical role the Air Force
Reserve can play in the future of space operations. The group has been
tremendously successful in its initial missions and has been tasked
with reviewing future active/Reserve partnerships in space to identify
potential areas where the AF Reserve can add value in the space arena.
Unit Achievements: Campaign Streamers
World War II European-Middle Eastern Theater:
Tunisia 1942-43 Central Europe 1945
North Appennines 1944-45 Rome-Arno 1944
Sicily 1943 Po Valley 1945
Rhineland 1944-45 Southern France 1944
Napples-Foggia 1943-44 Air Combat 1941-45
Distinguished Unit Citations:
Bienvento, Italy: Aug. 27, 1943
Ora, Italy: March 10, 1945
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards:
Jan. 1, 1956 - Jan. 1, 1959
Sept. 4, 1997 - Nov. 1, 1998
Oct. 1, 2000 - Sept. 30, 2002
Oct. 1, 2002 - July 30, 2004