850th Space Communications Squadron
850th Space Communications Squadron inactivation ceremony
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofAir Force Space Command
Motto(s)Maintaining the High Frontier[1]
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award
850th Space Communications Squadron emblem[1]

The 850th Space Communications Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was a component of the 50th Network Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The squadron was activated 1 December 1997 as the 850th Communications Squadron and redesignated the 850th Space Communications Squadron on 1 October 2002. It was inactivated on 31 January 2006,[2] most of its functions and personnel having been incorporated into the 50th Space Communications Squadron.


The mission of the 850th Space Communications Squadron was to plan, integrate, and maintain command and control, and common user communications and computer systems for satellite navigation, communications, missile warning and space surveillance worldwide.

The squadron was responsible for logistics management, systems maintenance, and integrity of satellite command, control, communications, and computer systems for the Air Force Space Command mission including the $6.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network, supporting over 140 Department of Defense satellites. The squadron also provided anomaly resolution, systems integration and configuration control supporting AFSPC, USSTRATCOM, the Secretary of Defense, and the President.


Shortly before its inactivation in early 2006, there were approximately 59 military and 22 DoD civilian personnel in the squadron who, along with contractors, provided global sustainment and maintenance to the high frontier in support of the 50th Space Wing's mission.


Activated on 1 December 1997
Redesignated 850th Space Communications Squadron on 1 October 2002
Inactivated on 31 January 2006



See also


  1. ^ a b "850th Space Communications Squadron". The Institute of Heraldry. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016.
  2. ^ Branum, SSG Don (2 February 2006). "850th SCS inactivates at ceremony". Satellite Flyer. p. 3. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2016.