50th Communications Squadron [50th CS]
The 50th Communications Squadron, a component of the 50th Communications Group, 50th Space Wing, is located at Schriever Air Force Base, CO. The squadron was activated on December 1, 1997.
The mission of the 50th CS is to provide, operate and maintain Schriever Air Force Base communications in support of the Air Force Satellite Communications Network for 50th Space Wing units located worldwide; to configure eleven weapons systems for real-time, global communications between the 50th Space Wing on-orbit assets and the space operators; and to establish real-time global conductivity for over 110 Department of Defense satellites and to provide information services.
The 50th Communications Squadron operates and maintains two Defense Satellite Communications System earth terminals and one Milstar earth terminal which provides Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment data to NORAD and United States Space Command.
The unit provides diverse base telecommunications services to include administrative telephones, local area and wide area computer networks, small computers and secure voice and data systems for 50th Space Wing units on Schriever Air Force Base. This includes a "one stop" customer service center that supports the telecommunications and small computer needs of 50th Space Wing and Schriever AFB customers.
The unit also maintains the Security Control System that provides access, control and intrusion detection, and annunciation for Schriever AFB.
The 50th Communications Squadron plays a critical role in maintaining cryptographic equipment, wideband multiplexers and modems, weather support equipment, and base cabling for all units on Schriever AFB.
As of may 1999, there were approximately 380 military, DoD civilians and contractors within the 50th Communications Squadron, providing the global reach of communications to support the 50th Space Wing, NORAD and USSPACECOM missions.
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