614th Space Operations Squadron [614th SOPS]
The 614th Space Operations Squadron is responsible for the SPACEAF Aerospace Operations Center.
The AOC is a synergistic command and control weapon system focused on planning and executing COMSPACEAF's mission. The AOC includes personnel, facilities and equipment necessary to provide COMSPACEAF the ability to plan and execute Air Force space forces. It is composed of three core divisions: Strategy, Combat Plans and Combat Operations. The purpose of the AOC is to provide a focal point for the employment of SPACEAF forces and enables COMSPACEAF to integrate space power into global military operations.
There are three products used to plan and execute SPACEAF forces in support of the mission: the SPACEAF Battle Management Schedule, Air Force Space Operations Plans, and a daily Space Tasking Order. The SPACEAF Forecast is a 90-day projection of planned actions and gives COMSPACEAF visibility into the efforts of the wings. The Air Force Space Operations Plans (AFSOP) details how Air Force space forces will support both USCINCSPACE and theater commanders and guides the creation of the daily STO. The STO is the daily execution order of COMSPACEAF and tasks subordinate units with specific missions.
The 614th Space Operations Squadron (614th SOPS) mission is to provide the component commander for Air Force space forces, COMSPACEAF, the expertise to command and control Aerospace forces in continuous support of global and theater operations.
The 614th SOPS was first constituted as the 614th Space Operations Flight (SOPF) in April 1996 with thirty-seven assigned members. Initially housed in two temporary facilities, the 614th SOPF christened a new Space Operations Center (SOC) in November 1997. The SOC was redesigned an Aerospace Operations Center (AOC) in July 1999 under the command of Major General Hinson. With the support of Headquarters Air Force Space Command, the AOC manpower has grown to over 100 positions.
In October 1999, four operating locations were added to 614 SOPS' administrative control: Peterson AFB, CO; MacDill AFB, FL; Stuttgart, Germany; and Wahiawa, HI. Twenty-five communications NCOs operate these four Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Support Centers.
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