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50th Network Operations Group

The group uses the wing emblem with the group designation in the scroll.

The 50th Network Operations Group (50 NOG) is a unit of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. 50th NOG is the single focal point for operating and maintaining the $8.2 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network and all 50 SW communications and computer systems (C-CS). Specific mission responsibilities are accomplished through the group's four squadrons, six detachments, and the Program Management Office.

The 50 NOG originated as a communications squadron in the Vietnam War in 1965.

Subordinate unitsEdit

LineageEdit

  • Designated 1879th Communications Squadron and organized, 1 November 65
  • Redesignated 1879th Information Systems Squadron, 1 July 85; 1879th Communications Squadron, 1 November 86; 1879th Communications Group, 1 October 89
  • Inactivated 30 January 92 (along with the 2d Space Wing; mission taken by 50th Satellite Communications Squadron assigned to reactivated 50 OG)
  • Redesignated 50th Communications Group, 26 November 97
  • Activated 1 December 97
  • Inactivated 1 October 2 (squadrons transferred to reactivated 50th Maintenance Group [formerly 50th Logistics Group])
  • Activated 1 June 3 (squadrons transferred back from inactivated 50th Maintenance Group)
  • Redesignated 50th Network Operations Group, 10 March 4

AssignmentsEdit

  • 1964th Communications Group, 1 November 65
  • Northern Communications Area, 1 September 71
  • Airlift Communications Division, 1 June 81
  • Tactical Communications (later, Tactical Information Systems) Division, 1 October 82
  • Space Communications (later, Space Information Systems, Space Communications) Division, 1 October 84
  • 2d Space Wing, 1 October 90 – 30 January 92
  • 50th Space Wing, 1 December 97 – 1 October 02; 1 June 3 – present

StationsEdit

  • Nha Trang Airport (later Nha Trang Air Base), South Vietnam, 1 November 65 – 1 September 71
  • Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri, 1 September 71
  • Falcon Air Force Station (later AFB), Colorado, 1 October 84 – 30 January 92
  • Falcon (later Schriever) AFB, Colorado, 1 December 97 – 1 October 02; 1 June 3 – present

HonorsEdit

Campaign StreamersEdit

Vietnam:

  • Vietnam Defensive 1965–1966
  • Vietnam Air 1966
  • Vietnam Air Offensive 1966–1967
  • Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II 1967–1968
  • Vietnam Air/Ground 1968
  • Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III 1968
  • Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV 1968–1969
  • Tet 69/Counteroffensive 1969
  • Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969
  • Vietnam Winter/Spring 1969–1970
  • Sanctuary Counteroffensive 1970
  • Southwest Monsoon 1970
  • Commando Hunt V 1970–1971
  • Commando Hunt VI 1971

DecorationsEdit

Streamer PUC Vietnam

VGCP Streamer

AFOUA with Valor

  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 September 71 – 15 April 72; 1 January 76 – 31 December 76; 1 September 90 – 31 August 91; 1 October 98 – 30 September 00; 1 October 00 – 1 October 01; 1 October 1 – 1 October 02; 2 October 2 – 1 October 3

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer

Other awardsEdit

CommandersEdit

  • Lt Col Robert W. Alexander, 1 October 1985 – 18 July 1988
  • Col William A. Sample, 19 July 1988 – 1 August 1990
  • Lt Col Roman Synychak, 2 August 1990 – 30 January 1992
  • Col Gregory S. Hollister, 1 December 1997 – 24 March 1998
  • Col Paul F. Capasso, 25 March 1998 – 13 April 2000
  • Col David B. Warner, 14 April 2000 – 27 June 2002
  • Col Earl D. Matthews, 28 June 2002 – 13 June 2004
  • Col David C. Uhrich, 14 June 2004 – 10 July 2006
  • Col Robert Skinner, 10 July 2006 – 13 July 2008[3]
  • Col Mitchel Butikofer, 14 July 2008 – 14 May 2010[4]
  • Col Michael Finn II, 14 May 2010 – 4 April 2012[5]
  • Col Jonathan Sutherland, 4 April 2012 – present[6]

SourcesEdit

  • Lineage & Honors of the 50th Network Operations Group (AFSPC)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Awards ceremony honors communications, information professionals, 22 January 2008, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
  2. 2008 ANNUAL AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND-LEVEL COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL AWARD WINNERS, 19 March 2009
  3. Change of Command photo, 10 July 2006
  4. 50th NOG gets new commander, 17 July 2008, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
  5. New commander takes reins of 50th NOG, 19 May 2010, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
  6. Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys, New commander leads cyber warriors 4 April 2012

External linksEdit

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