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148th Space Operations Squadron
148th Space Operations Squadron.png
148th Space Operations Squadron emblem
Active 2000-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Satellite Operations
Role Combat Support
Part of 162d Combat Communications Group/California ANG
Garrison/HQ Vandenberg Air Force Base
Motto(s) WE HOLD THE KEYS
Engagements Operation DESERT SHIELD
Operation DESERT STORM
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col Barry Heiling

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.

Mission[edit | edit source]

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.

History[edit | edit source]

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 designations[edit | edit source]

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

Locations[edit | edit source]

    • Compton, California (1948–1951) as the 148th Aircraft Control and Warming Squadron.
    • Oklahoma Air Force Station, OK (1 May 1951 – 31 January 1953) Oklahoma Air Force Station, OK. as 148th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
    • Compton ANG Station, CA (1953–1960) as 148th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron.
    • Compton ANGB, CA (1960–1976) as the 148th Mobil Communications Squadron.
    • Compton ANGB, CA (1976–1984) as 148th Combat Communications Squadron.
    • Ontario ANGB, CA ( 1984–1997) as 148th Combat Communications Squadron.
    • March ARB, California (1997–2000) as 148th Combat Communications Squadron.[2]
    • Vandenberg AFB, California (2000–present) as the 148th Space Operations Squadron

Title: 50th Anniversary-History of 148th Combat Comm Squadron.

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