Space Base Delta 2
Delta emblem
Founded24 July 2020 (3 years, 8 months and 26 days)
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeDelta
Part of Space Operations Command
HeadquartersBuckley Space Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
Motto(s)"First in Space Operations"
Decorations
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Websitewww.buckley.spaceforce.mil
Commanders
CommanderCol Heidi L. Dexter
Vice CommanderCol Robert C. Clay
Command ChiefCMSgt Charles Shurchay[1]

Space Base Delta 2 (SBD 2) is a unit in the United States Space Force. It is assigned to Space Operations Command and headquartered at Buckley Space Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, United States.

SBD 2 is responsible for providing installation support functions for the resident air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, and space communications missions at Buckley Space Force Base in Colorado, Cape Cod Space Force Station in Massachusetts, Cavalier Space Force Station in North Dakota, and Clear Space Force Station in Alaska. It also provides Airmen and Guardians that deploy and are deployed in-place, to accomplish warfighting missions globally.[2][3]

The delta hosts six major base partners: Space Delta 4 (Missile Warning Delta), 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard (COANG); the Denver Navy Reserve Center, the Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado, the Army Aviation Support Facility, and the Air Reserve Personnel Center.

The garrison and delta traces its heritage to the 2d Space Wing. Constituted on 5 December 1984 and activated on 8 July 1985, the 2d Space Wing was the host wing at Falcon Air Force Station (later Falcon Air Force Base; now Schriever Air Force Base). It took operational control of the Air Force Satellite Control Network in October 1987. It was inactivated on 30 January 1992 when the 50th Space Wing replaced it.[4]

The 2d Space Wing was redesignated as Buckley Garrison on 23 July 2020. and activated on 24 July 2020 (from elements, personnel, and resources of the 460th Space Wing).[5] On May 23, 2022 Buckley Garrison was redesignated Space Base Delta 2.[3]

Its current commander is Colonel Heidi L. Dexter.

Assignments

Components

Wing Units, 1985-1992

Delta Units, 2020-present

The delta is composed of the following units[5]:

Stations

Decorations

Emblem

Space Base Delta 2's current emblem was approved on 2 March 2022. It incorporates design elements from its former Air Force emblem, e.g. the delta with contrail, the globe, the constellation of stars.

Description

On a black vertically elongated hexagon, a white and gray delta in flight generating a pair of antique white rays from underneath surmounted by blue terrestrial globe, landmass in white, emerging from the bottom right corner and encircled by a pair of silver orbital rings; to the left and right of the delta the constellations of Aquila and Ursa Minor and above all a polestar, all white; all within a narrow gray border.

Significance

The black background of the hexagon symbolizes defense of the space domain. The Aquila and Ursa Minor constellations in the forms of a falcon and bear symbolize the organization’s unwavering dedication to protect our nation and our forces around the globe. The surveillance rings encircling the globe represent Space Base Delta 2’s support of missile warning around the planet. The Delta orienting towards the North Star and lifted by surveillance rays symbolizes the organization’s commitment to the USSF and also pays tribute to the 2d Space Wing. The platinum border represents Space Base Delta 2’s ties to the mission of Space Operations Command (SpOC).

Motto

"First in Space Operations" approved on 8 June 1989.

Former Emblem

Emblem of 2d Space Wing

Blazon

Azure, within a pattern of seven mullets Argent, a globe Celeste gridlined of the first, encompassed by an orbital ring bendwise sinister Argent bearing two polestars Or, overall a flight symbol bendwise Argent emitting a contrail Or, all within a diminished border of the last.

Significance

Blue and yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of operations for the Air Force. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of all Airmen. The globe represents the earth as viewed from space and signifies the worldwide coverage provided by Air Force satellites in accomplishing surveillance and communications missions. The ellipse symbolizes the Air Force Satellite Control Network and the two stars depict satellites. The delta and its contrail denote the Air Force launch vehicles that place the satellites in orbit. The seven stars represent that vastness of space and the environment of our operations.

Motto

"First in Space Operations" approved on 8 June 1989.

Commanders

No. Commander Term Ref.
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
1
Richard L. Griffin
Griffin, Richard L.Colonel
Richard L. Griffin
(1934–2020)
8 July 19858 July 19861 year, 0 days
2
Lester J. Weber
Weber, Lester J.Colonel
Lester J. Weber
(born 1942)
8 July 198612 December 19882 years, 157 days[6]
3
Jimmey R. Morrell
Morrell, Jimmey R.Colonel
Jimmey R. Morrell
(1946–2006)
12 December 198827 August 19901 year, 258 days[7]
4
Roger G. DeKok
DeKok, Roger G.Colonel
Roger G. DeKok
(1947–2003)
27 August 199030 January 19921 year, 156 days[8]
5
Devin R. Pepper
Pepper, Devin R.Colonel
Devin R. Pepper
24 July 202014 January 2021174 days[9]
Brian C. Chellgren
Chellgren, Brian C.Colonel
Brian C. Chellgren
Acting
14 January 20214 June 2021141 days[10]
6
Marcus D. Jackson
Jackson, Marcus D.Colonel
Marcus D. Jackson
4 June 202115 June 20232 years, 11 days[11]
7
Heidi L. Dexter
Dexter, Heidi L.Colonel
Heidi L. Dexter
15 June 2023Incumbent309 days[12]

References

  1. ^ "Chief Master Sergeant Charles Shurchay". Archived from the original on September 20, 2022. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Buckley Air Force Base Units". Buckley Air Force Base. Archived from the original on July 24, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ a b "Buckley Garrison renamed Space Base Delta 2, 460th MSG inactivated". May 23, 2022. Archived from the original on May 27, 2022. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  4. ^ USAF FOIA Request: "2d Space Wing Lineage and Honors History" Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Buckley Garrison Factsheet". Buckley Air Force Base. Archived from the original on July 24, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ "Brigadier General J. Weber". www.af.mil. Retrieved July 12, 2023.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ "Major General Jimmey R. Morrell". www.af.mil. Retrieved July 12, 2023.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  8. ^ "Lieutenant General Roger G. Dekok". United States Air Force. Archived from the original on December 27, 2022. Retrieved July 13, 2023.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  9. ^ "Col. Devin R. Pepper". www.spoc.spaceforce.mil. Archived from the original on April 10, 2021. Retrieved June 15, 2021.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  10. ^ "Col. Brian C. Chellgren". www.spoc.spaceforce.mil. Archived from the original on June 27, 2021. Retrieved June 15, 2021.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  11. ^ "COLONEL MARCUS JACKSON". www.buckley.spaceforce.mil. Archived from the original on June 4, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2021.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  12. ^ "COLONEL HEIDI DEXTER". www.buckley.spaceforce.mil.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.