4th Space Surveillance Squadron [4th SPSS]
The 4th Space Surveillance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, NM, provides space surveillance capabilities for the National Command Authorities and unified commanders worldwide. Its mission is to perform mobile space surveillance communications and space data relay.
The squadron is a geographically separated unit assigned to the 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, CO.
The 4th SPSS is tasked with:
- Operating and maintaining mobile space surveillance, communications, and data relay systems that support U.S. Space Command and theater commanders;
- Conducting mobile and transportable operations providing critical connections between the National Command Authorities, USSPACECOM, 14th Air Force and squadron elements; and
- Providing dedicated inter-theater and intra-theater links for critical space surveillance data.
The 4th SPSS operates and maintains mobile space surveillance, communications, and data relay system that supports U.S. Space Command and theater commanders during contingency operations.
The unit conducts a number of mobile and transportable operations that provide critical connections between the National Command Authorities, USSPACECOM, 14th Air Force and squadron-level elements. The 4th SPSS supports warfighters by establishing dedicated inter- and intra-theater links for critical space surveillance data and communications.
The unit initially activated in September 1986 as Detachment 2, 6960th Electronic Security Command and provided training for ESC. It was reassigned to Headquarters, Continental Electronic Security Division in October 1986 and was reassigned again, this time to Headquarters, Space Electronic Security Division in May 1988. In May 1989, it was reorganized under the 694th Electronics Security Wing.
The low altitude space surveillance system was activated by Air Force Space Command in October 1990. The unit was redesiganted as the 4th Surveillance Squadron. One year later, it was redesignated as the 4th Space Surveillance Squadron. During this time, the unit continued to perform a research and development mission and a mission to train newly assigned low altitude space surveillance operators until April 1993.
The squadron was assigned to the 73rd Space Group and in April 1995 merged with the 21st Space Wing. In April 1996, the unit moved operations from its home at Lackland AFB, TX, to Holloman AFB, NM.
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