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10th Space Warning Squadron

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10th Space Warning Squadron
10th Space Warning Squadron.jpg
10th Space Warning Squadron emblem
CountryUnited States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeSpace Warning
RoleMissile Warning
Part ofSpace Delta 4
Garrison/HQCavalier Space Force Station, North Dakota
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Lt Col Travis Kennebeck

The United States Space Force's 10th Space Warning Squadron (10 SWS), is a missile warning unit located at Cavalier Space Force Station, North Dakota.


10 SWS provides tactical warning and attack assessment of sea-launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles launched against the continental United States and southern Canada. Additionally, 10 SWS provides surveillance, tracking and space object identification for the United States Space Command Space Surveillance Network (SSN).


The unit was originally the acquisition radar portion of the United States' only operational anti-ballistic missile system, known as SAFEGUARD. Due to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (SALT II), components of the SAFEGUARD complex, with the exception of the PARCS radar at Cavalier Space Force Station, were deactivated in February 1976. The forerunner of the present day 10th SWS began passing tactical warning and attack assessment data to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colo., in January 1977. In December 1979 the unit was transferred from Aerospace Defense Command to Strategic Air Command. The unit, as it exists today, joined Air Force Space Command in 1983 as Detachment 5, 1st Space Wing. On 10 July 1986, the unit was redesignated as the 10th Missile Warning Squadron, and was activated on 1 August 1986. It was renamed the 10th Space Warning Squadron on May 15, 1992, when the 1st Space Wing and 3d Space Support Wing were inactivated and the 21st Space Wing was activated.

Previous Designations

  • 10th Space Warning Squadron (15 May 1992–Present)
  • 10th Missile Warning Squadron (10 July 1986 – 15 May 1992)
  • Detachment 5, 1st Space Wing (1983-10 July 1986)


Major Command

Numbered Air Force


List of commanders

  • Lt Col Donald T. Kidd, 19 August 1996 – 30 Mar 1998
  • Lt Col Ling Yung, ~2005
  • Lt Col Keith W. Balts, June 2007 – June 2009
  • Lt Col Lorinda Frederick, 14 June 2011 – ~10 July 2013[2]
  • Lt Col Michelle R. Kneupper, 10 July 2013 – ~July 2015[3]
  • Lt Col John M. Koehler II, July 2015 – ~23 June 2017[4]
  • Lt Col Stephen A. Hobbs, 23 June 2017 – 11 June 2019[5]
  • Lt Col Ryan Durand, 11 June 2019 – 11 June 2021[6]
  • Lt Col Travis Kennebeck, 11 June 2021 – present[7]



  1. ^ "Message from Delta 4 Command Team to 10 SWS" – via
  2. ^ "Cavalier squadron welcomes new leader".
  3. ^ "10th Space Warning Squadron Welcomes a New Commander".
  4. ^ "John M. Koehler II". LinkedIn.
  5. ^ "10th Space Warning Squadron Change of Command".
  6. ^ "Cavalier AFS receives new commander".
  7. ^ "10th Space Warning Squadron change of command ceremony". DVIDS.
  8. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-62, 6 December 1999
  9. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-58, 6 December 1999
  10. ^ AFSPC Special Order GA-09, 1 November 1997
  11. ^ AFHRA Lineage and Honors: 10th Space Warning Squadron

External links

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