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73d Space Group
73d Space Group.png
Emblem of the 73d Space Group
Active 1966–1971; 1989–1995
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Space Surveillance
Role Combat Support
Part of AFSPC/14 AF
Garrison/HQ Falcon AFB, Colorado

The 73d Space Group is an inactive United States Air Force space surveillance organization. Its last assignment was with Fourteenth Air Force, being stationed at Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado. It was inactivated on 26 April 1995.

The Group performed space surveillance. In April 1995 the 73d Space Surveillance Group merged with the 21st Space Wing. From that point the 21st became the largest wing in the United States Air Force with units deployed literally throughout the world.

History[edit | edit source]

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Established as: 73d Aerospace Surveillance Wing on 1 November 1966
Organized on 1 January 1967
Inactivated on 30 April 1971
  • Redesignated as 73d Space Surveillance Group on 10 February 1989
Activated on 1 March 1989
Redesignated as 73d Space Wing on 1 June 1991
Redesignated as 73d Space Group on 1 May 1992
Inactivated on 26 April 1995

Assignments[edit | edit source]

Stations[edit | edit source]

Components[edit | edit source]

Detachments[edit | edit source]

  • Detachment 1, 73d Space Group – San Vito dei Normanni AS, Italy (1 October 1989 – 1 October 1990)[1]
  • Detachment 2, 73d Space Group – RAF Feltwell, United Kingdom (1 October 1989 – 1 October 1990)
  • Detachment 3, 73d Space Group – Misawa AB, Japan (1 January 1991 – 1 October 1992)

Emblem[edit | edit source]

Blazon[edit | edit source]

Per chevron reversed celeste and azure a plate bearting a torteau radiating seven fillets throughout argent and over-all a fillet forming an nuclear rose of the last seeded of seven electrons gules and leaved of seven flight symbols or, all within a diminished bordure of the like.

Significance[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. Air Force Historical Research Agency: Supplement to 73d Space Group Lineage and Honors, 1 November 2009
  • Information compiled by Daniel L. Haulman, Phd; Chief, Organizational Histories Branch; Air Force Historical Research Agency

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