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17th Test Squadron

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17th Test Squadron
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Squadron emblem
Active6 April 1990 (1990-04-06) – 15 October 1992
12 July 1995 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeSpace operations
RoleTest and evaluation
Part ofSpace Delta 12
Home baseSchriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Motto(s)Ex scientia vera (Latin for 'From knowledge, truth')
WebsiteOfficial website
Lt Col Christopher W. McLeod

The 17th Test Squadron is a United States Space Force test and evaluation unit, located at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado. The squadron is tasked with testing and evaluating space systems and associated support equipment.


The mission of the 17th Test Squadron is to enhance the military utility of space power through the operational test and evaluation of space systems.[1][failed verification]


On 6 April 1990, at Peterson Air Force Base Colorado the 1017th Test and Evaluation Squadron was activated.[2] The mission of the 1017th was to perform Air Staff-directed initial and follow-on operational test and evaluation of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) space surveillance, missile warning, and command and control systems. The squadron oversaw two operating locations at Falcon Air Force Base and Buckley Air National Guard Base. The unit inactivated on 15 October 1992.[3]

On 12 July 1995, the unit reactivated as the 17th Test Squadron.[2] Operating Location A was activated at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado.[4]

The stand-up ceremony was held on Friday, 21 July 1996, in the Presentation Center of the Joint National Test Facility at 1300. The special guests included Col Burkhart, the 50th Space Wing Vice Commander; Col Deese, the AFSPC Comptroller; Col Kingsberry, from the AFSPC Division of Space Control; Col Mercier, Commander of Detachment 4 of the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center; and Col Springer, from AFSPC Division of Training and Standardization. After the reading of the activation orders, the 17th's guidon was unsheathed, symbolizing the activation of a new USAF squadron. Then the guidon was passed to Col Howard J. Fry, the Commander of the Space Warfare Center and the presiding officer for the stand-up. Colonel Fry passed the guidon to Lt Col Carl Cox, the first Commander of the 17th, signifying the passing of all legal and operational responsibilities. At the formation of the squadron, manning was at just over ten people.[5]

On 1 April 2013 the 17th Test Squadron was transferred to Air Combat Command under the 53d Wing, located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, which serves as the focal point for the Combat Air Forces in electronic warfare, armament and avionics, chemical defense, reconnaissance, and aircrew training devices. The wing reports to the Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The wing is also responsible for operational testing and evaluation of new equipment and systems proposed for use by these forces.


  • Designated as the 1017th Test and Evaluation Squadron and activated on 6 April 1990
Inactivated on 15 October 1992
  • Redesignated 17th Test Squadron on 30 June 1995
  • Activated on 21 July 1995[2]


  • Air Force Space Command, 6 April 1990 – 15 October 1992
  • Space Warfare Center, 21 July 1995
  • 595th Test and Evaluation Group (later 595th Space Group), 7 April 2000
  • 53d Test Management Group, 1 April 2013 – present[2]


Detachment 3-Operating Location A: Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
  • Detachment 4: Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
  • Operating Location A: Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado


  • Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, 6 April 1990 – 15 October 1992
  • Falcon Air Force Base (later Schriever Space Force Base), Colorado, 21 July 1995 – present[2]


Award streamer Award Dates Notes
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 6 April 1990 – 5 April 1992 1017th Test and Evaluation Squadron[2]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 31 July 1996 – 30 July 1998 17th Test Squadron[2]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 31 July 1998 – 30 August 1999 17th Test Squadron[2]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 January 2000 – 30 September 2001 17th Test Squadron[2]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 September 2004 – 31 August 2005 17th Test Squadron[2]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 September 2005 – 31 August 2006 17th Test Squadron[2]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 September 2006 – 31 August 2007 17th Test Squadron[2]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 September 2007 – 31 August 2008 17th Test Squadron[2]
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Air Force Organizational Excellence Award 1 September 2002 – 1 September 2003 17th Test Squadron[2]
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Air Force Organizational Excellence Award 2 September 2003 – 31 August 2004 17th Test Squadron[2]

List of commanders

  • Lt Col Teddy N. Wang, 6 April 1990 - unknown[6]
  • Lt Col Carl L. Cox, 21 July 1995
  • Lt Col Wyatt C. Miller, 17 October 1997
  • Lt Col Mark A. Johnson, 2 December 1998
  • Lt Col James O'Neal, Jr., 5 December 2000
  • Lt Col Richard W. Boltz, 17 March 2003
  • Lt Col Scott J. Hower, 27 June 2005
  • Lt Col Edward T. Ackerman, 8 June 2007
  • Lt Col Peter J. Flores, 17 June 2009[7]
  • Lt Col Gregory Wood, 17 June 2011[8]
  • Lt Col Todd Bridges
  • Lt Col Adam Fisher, 8 July 2017[9]
  • Lt Col Robert C. McConnell, 2021[10]
  • Lt Col Christopher W. McLeod, 8 June 2021[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Restricted Air Force Knowledge Now Community of Practice". Archived from the original on 9 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Robertson, Patsy (28 February 2011). "Factsheet 17 Test Squadron (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on 8 May 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  3. ^ Extracts of Report (U), HQ AFSPC/XPM, "Command Organization Chart Book," 1 October 1995 – 1 October 1997, 1 April 1999, SD II-69-77; Mission Directive, HQ AFSPC/XP, "Organization and Mission - Field, 17th Test Squadron (17 TS)," 2 January 1998, SD II-79; AFSPC and Rpt, SWC, [swc authorizations], 1 August 1999, SD II-80; Memo (U), HQ USAF/PE to AFSPC/XP, "Organizational Change Request for activation of the 17th Test Squadron," 29 June 1995, SD II-81; BP, 1017 TS, "History of the 1017th Test and Evaluation Squadron," ntd, SD II-82.
  4. ^ Order , HQ AFSPC Special Order GD-018.
  5. ^ Request and Authorization for Assumption of/Appointment to Command, HQ SWC Special Order GU-001.
  6. ^ "17th Test Squadron".
  7. ^ "COLONEL PETER J. FLORES" (PDF). Space Training and Readiness Command. Retrieved 24 August 2021.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  8. ^ "17th Test Squadron changes command".
  9. ^ "14th Test Squadron welcomes new commander".
  10. ^ a b "17th TS changes command". Schriever Air Force Base. Archived from the original on 23 June 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
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