|Part of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)|
|Located near: Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Type||Air Force Base|
|Controlled by||United States Air Force|
|Garrison||50th Space Wing|
Schriever Air Force Base (Schriever AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located approximately 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Peterson AFB near Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States.
Overview[edit | edit source]
This Air Force Base is named in honor of General Bernard Adolph Schriever, who pioneered in the development of the American ballistic missile programs. It is the home of the 50th Space Wing of the Air Force Space Command, and this base provides command and control for over 170 Department of Defense warning, navigational, and communications satellites. Also housed at Schriever AFB are the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center and the Space Innovation & Development Center. Schriever AFB is the main control point for the Global Positioning System (GPS). Schriever AFB is manned by more than 8100 active duty and guard/reserve personnel, civilian employees, and contractors.
Units[edit | edit source]
- Source: USAF Schriever AFB 
- 50th Space Wing
- some medical personnel from the 21st Medical Group
- 310th Space Wing (AFRC)
- Space Innovation and Development Center
- Missile Defense Agency's Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center, formerly named the Joint National Integration Center (JNIC)
- 527th Space Aggressor Squadron, geographically separated from the 57th Wing
- AFOTEC Det. 4
- Space and Missile Defense Command-Space and Ballistic Missile Defense Forces (JFCC-IMD)
- U.S. Army 100th Missile Defense Brigade (GMD)
- Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 53rd Signal Battalion
- Detachment 1, 392d Training Squadron
- Detachment 11, Space and Missile Systems Center
- Detachment 12, 1st Space Test Squadron
- 11th Space Warning Squadron
History[edit | edit source]
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Groundbreaking for what would become Schriever Air Force Base took place in May 1983. It was originally called the Consolidated Space Operations Center (CSOC) during the development phase, and was renamed Falcon Air Force Station upon becoming operational. In September 1985 the Second Space Wing was activated at this base, and 230 Air Force members and civilian employees moved into its 12 new buildings. This wing took operational control of the Air Force Satellite Control Network in October 1987.
In June 1988, Falcon Air Force Station was redesignated Falcon Air Force Base. On 30 January 1992 the 2nd Space Wing was redesignated as the 50th Space Wing.
On 5 June 1998, Falcon Air Force Base was renamed Schriever Air Force Base in honor of the retired General Bernard Adolph Schriever, who pioneered in the development of the American ballistic missile programs. Schriever AFB is the only Air Force base that was named for an Air Force veteran who was living at the time. General Schriever died June 20, 2005.
Incidents[edit | edit source]
On November 21, 2011, an airman from the 50th Security Forces Squadron surrendered to authorities after barricading himself in a building with a personal handgun. No injuries were reported.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Schriever AFB Fact Sheet
- "Schriever Air Force Base - Global Positioning System". US Department of Defense. July 28, 2007. http://www.schriever.af.mil/gps/index.asp. Retrieved July 28, 2007.
- 50 Space Wing, Public Affairs. "50 Space Wing Fact Sheet". http://www.schriever.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=3909. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- USAF Schriever AFB Units Official Site
- 21st Medical Group of the 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB
- Missile Defense Agency JNIC Official Site
- Space and Missile Defense Command
- Space Development and Test Wing - Kirtland Air Force Base Official Site
- Schriever AFB Fact Sheet Official Site
- Housing construction offers historical glimpse of Schriever's growth from Schriever official site
- Elliott, Dan (November 21, 2011). "Air Force Base Gunman Pleaded Guilty To Sex Charge". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/21/gunman-barricaded-in-buil_n_1106031.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk3%7C114669.
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- Schriever Air Force Base website
- History of Schriever Air Force Base
- Schriever AFB Installation Overview from AirForceUSA.org.
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