U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet|
50TH OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON|
The 50th Operations Support Squadron is a
component of the 50th Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air
Force Base, Colo. The squadron stood up in 1990 as the 1002nd
Operations Support Squadron (under the 2nd SW) and it was redesignated
as 50th OSS Jan. 30, 1992.
mission of 50th OSS is to enhance 50th OG's performance of operating
and maintaining more than 170 satellite systems and their related
global network of command, control and communications facilities worth
more than $46 billion. 50th OSS manages and conducts training programs
ensuring combat readiness of squadron personnel. It implements space
weapons and tactics program, while overseeing space modernization and
upgrades. Lastly, 50th OSS provides intelligence support and Special
Security Office oversight for all wing ops.
War Department constituted the 50th OSS under the name 50th Airdrome
Squadron Jan 25, 1943, and activated it under the command of 2nd
Air Force, with station at Herington Army Air Field, Kansas, Feb 1. The
squadron moved to Casper Army Air Base, Wyo., March 25 and
returned to Herington AAF May 9. The War Department disbanded the
squadron April 1, 1944.
The Department of the Air Force
reconstituted the squadron Jan. 1, 1992, renaming it 50th OSS and
assigning the it to Air Force Space Command. AFSPC activated the
squadron as a unit of the 50th Operations Group with station at Falcon
Air Force Station (later renamed Schriever AFB) on 30 January 1992.
The 50th OSS has earned the American Theater Service Streamer for World War II and four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards.