850th Communications Squadron [850th CS]
The 850th Communications Squadron is a component of the 50th Communications Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, CO. The squadron was activated on December 1, 1997.
The mission of the 850th Communication Squadron is to plan, program, and maintain command and control, and common user communications and computer systems supporting satellite, missile warning, and space surveillance operations for 43 units and 22 locations worldwide.
The unit is responsible for logistics management and the integrity of satellite communications systems for the Air Force Satellite Control Network controlling over 90 DoD satellites. It provides C4 plans, configuration control, security management, training, and maintenance analysis in support of AFSPC, USSPACECOM, and the National Command Authority. It also manages all budgetary issues for the 50th Communications Group, to include planning and execution. The squadron is also responsible for all spectrum management issues and concerns for the entire wing and associated units.
The squadron operates and maintains computer systems that directly support all Wing satellite operations squadrons located at Schriever AFB. It plans and programs for command sponsored (base) and AFMC configuration-managed (mission support) systems.
Specific mission responsibilities are accomplished through the squadron's three flights: Computer Systems Flight, Computer Operations Flight, and Plans Flight.
As of March 1998, there were approximately 193 military and 49 DoD civilian personnel assigned to the 850th Communications Squadron, providing the global reach of communications and excellence to support the 50th Space Wing's mission.
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