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148th Space Operations Squadron
148th Space Operations Squadron
148th Space Operations Squadron emblem
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Service history
Active 2000-Present
Role Combat Support
Part of 162d Combat Communications Group/California ANG
Motto WE HOLD THE KEYS
Battles Operation DESERT SHIELD
Operation DESERT STORM
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon AFOUA
Commanders
Commanders Lt Col Barry Heiling
Insignia

The United States Air Force's 148th Space Operations Squadron (148th SOPS) is a satellite control unit located at Vandenberg AFB, California. The 148th SOPS is tasked with back-up command and control of the MILSTAR satellite constellation.

MissionEdit

The 148 SOPS mans the Milstar Operations Center-Vandenberg (MOC-V), one of two fixed Milstar Ground Stations.[1] Unique to Milstar is its ground segment for control of the constellation. Milstar has two fixed ground stations, Milstar Satellite Operations Center (MSOC), at 4 SOPS and Milstar Operations Center – Vandenberg or MOC-V. Each site is fully capable of complete constellation control and operates 24/7. The Milstar Ops Center-Vandenberg is operated by the 148th SOPS, a California Air Guard Unit, and does control 2 Milstar satellites full-time.

HistoryEdit

The 148th SOPS was originally established as the 148th Combat Communications Squadron at Compton, California. The unit was redesignated the 148th Space Operations Squadron, and relocated to Vandenberg AFB, California on 31 October 2000.

Previous designationsEdit

  • 148th Space Operations Squadron (2000–Present)
  • 148th Combat Communications Squadron (???-2000)
  • 148th Mobil Communications Squadron (196? - 197?)

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