U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet|
50TH NETWORK OPERATIONS GROUP|
The 50th Network Operations Group, a component of the 50th Space Wing, is located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.
NOG is the single focal point for operating and maintaining the $8.2
billion Air Force Satellite Control Network and all 50th SW
communications and computer systems (C-CS). The group provides assured
access to space by allowing space operators to command and control
satellites around the world through the AFSCN. The group plans,
programs, integrates, operates and maintains command and control and
common-user C-CS in support of U.S. Strategic Command, Space Warfare
Center, 21st SW and 50th SW missions. The group is responsible for
command-sponsored and base C-CS and mission systems for satellite
command and control that are configuration-managed by Air Force Space
Command's Space and Missile Systems Center.
mission responsibilities are accomplished through the group's four
squadrons, six detachments and the Program Management Office: 21st,
22nd and 23rd Space Operations Squadrons and 50th Space Communications
Squadron. 50th NOG organizations:
* Schedule satellite
contacts on the AFSCN for more than 170 Department of Defense, allied
and national agency satellites; publish the daily network tasking
order; and provides real-time support for satellite anomaly resolution.
* Provide frequency interference and space safety analysis.
* Operate and maintain eight worldwide remote tracking stations for the AFSCN.
* Direct a launch-critical satellite checkout facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Manage the maintenance support activities of the satellite ground
control systems for the AFSCN, Global Positioning System and Milstar.
Exercise configuration control, technical data management, software
management, systems engineering, maintenance and supply management for
the AFSCN, GPS and Milstar ground control systems.
* Establish wing software policy and manage software planning, maintenance, configuration control and performance.
Oversee two major wing support contracts and function as a conduit for
C4 policy administration for 50th SW systems worldwide.
site integration for Schriever AFB by ensuring proposed modifications
are properly integrated into the facility infrastructure (i.e., power,
HVAC, etc.) and properly installed and documented.
* Perform all base operations for Onizuka AFS, Calif., and New Boston AFS, N.H.
50th NOG traces its proud history back to 1965. On Nov. 1, 1965, it was
organized and designated the 1879th Communications Squadron. It was
redesignated the 1879th Information Systems Squadron, July 1, 1985; the
1879th Communications Squadron, Nov. 1, 1986; and finally, the 1879th
Communications Group, Oct. 1, 1989. The group was inactivated Jan. 30,
1992. It was redesignated the 50th Communications Group, Nov. 26, 1997,
and activated Dec. 1, 1997. It was inactivated again Oct. 1, 2002 and
activated June 1, 2003. On March 10, 2004, it was redesignated the 50th
Network Operations Group.
The organizational honors
include 14 Campaign Streamers; a Presidential Unit Citation (Vietnam);
seven Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Devices; seven
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards; and two Republic of Vietnam
Gallantry Cross' with Palms.