U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet
50th NOG

The 50th Network Operations Group, a component of the 50th Space Wing, is located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.


50th 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.


Specific 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.
* Provide 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.


The 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.