U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet
50th OSS

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.


The 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.


The 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.