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Structure of the United States Space Force

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Organization of the United States Space Force within the Department of Defense

The United States Space Force is organized by different units: the Space Staff, the field commands, and the space deltas.

The Space Force is organized as one of two coequal military service branches within the Department of the Air Force, the other being the United States Air Force. Both services are overseen by the Secretary of the Air Force, who has overall responsibility for organizing, training, and equipping the Air Force and Space Force.[1]

The military head of the Space Force is the chief of space operations (CSO), who is an officer in the grade of general.

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Space Staff

Space Staff Badge

The Space Staff is the headquarters of the U.S. Space Force. Like the U.S. Air Force's Air Staff that is under the Department of the Air Force, it is overseen by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. It is responsible for developing doctrine, guidance, and plans in performing the Space Force's functions, cooperating with the Air Staff on support issues. It is composed of the military service's most senior leaders: the chief of space operations, the vice chief of space operations, and the chief master sergeant of the Space Force. Like the other services, there is a director of staff who oversees the synchronization of policies and plans of the headquarters staff and four deputy chiefs of space operations.[2] The Space Staff was designed to be lean. Compared to the Air Force's nine headquarters directorates, the Space Force merged nine functional areas into four directorates.[2] Additionally, each of the four deputy chiefs of space operations has unofficial positional titles akin to that of corporate organizations: chief human capital officer, chief operations officer, chief technology and innovation officer, and chief strategy and resourcing officer. The chief human capital officer and chief technology and innovation officer positions are held by senior civilian officials at the SES-3 level, while both the chief operations officer and chief strategy and resourcing officer positions are filled by two lieutenant generals.[3]

Direct reporting units

Direct reporting unit Headquarters Director
Space Development Agency (SDA)
Washington, District of Columbia Derek Tournear
Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SpRCO)
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico Kelly D. Hammett

Field organization

The Space Force field organization consist of three different echelons of command: field commands, deltas, and squadrons.[13]

Field Command

Field commands (FLDCOMs) align with specific mission focuses and are led by officers in the grade of lieutenant general or major general, comparable to the United States Air Force's major command. The Space Force's three field commands will be Space Operations Command (SpOC), Space Systems Command (SSC), and Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM).

Field Command Headquarters Current commander
Space Operations Command (SpOC)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Lt Gen David N. Miller
Space Systems Command (SSC)
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Lt Gen Philip Garrant
Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Maj Gen Timothy Sejba
Space Futures Command[14] TBD TBD
Component Field Commands
United States Space Forces – Cyber[15]
United States Space Forces – Central (SPACEFOR-CENT)
MacDill Air Force Base, Florida Col Christopher S. Putman
United States Space Forces – Europe and Africa (SPACEFOR-EURAF)
Ramstein Air Base, Germany[16] Col Max E. Lantz II
United States Space Forces – Indo-Pacific (SPACEFOR-INDOPAC)
Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii Brig Gen Anthony Mastalir
United States Space Forces Japan[17] Yokota Air Base, Japan
United States Space Forces – Korea (SPACEFOR-KOR)
Osan Air Base, South Korea Lt Col Joshua M. McCullion
United States Space Forces – Southern (SPACEFOR-SOUTH) [18]
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona Lt Col Jonathan Whitaker
United States Space Forces – Strategic and Northern (SPACEFOR-STRATNORTH)
Lt Col James Curran
United States Space Forces – Space (S4S)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California Lt Gen Douglas Schiess
United States Space Forces – Special Operations Command (SPACESOC)[15]
TBA Col Stephan E. Cummings
Space Force Elements
Space Force Element to the National Reconnaissance Office (SFELM NRO)
Chantilly, Virginia Maj Gen Christopher Povak

  Denotes planned unit but not yet activated.

Space Operations Command

Hartinger Building, SpOC headquarters at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.

The Space Operations Command (SpOC) will be the primary force provider of space forces and capabilities. It is responsible for the organization, training, equipping, command and control, and employment of space forces to support operational plans and missions for U.S. combatant commanders. It is headquartered at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.[19]

Established on 21 October 2020, SpOC was the first field command activated. It was established by the redesignation of the headquarters of the former Air Force Space Command to Space Operations Command. It was composed of the 10 deltas and two garrisons activated on 24 July 2020. This included the Space Training and Readiness Delta (Provisional) which served as the interim unit for space training and education until the August 2021 stand-up of a full field command. SpOC also maintained command of the two launch wings, which were later redesignated as launch deltas in 2021, previously under the Air Force Space Command until the establishment of the Space Systems Command.[20]

The 14th Air Force in Vandenberg Space Force Base, California that was temporarily redesignated Space Operations Command upon the creation of the Space Force was inactivated. A new unit, Space Operations Command West (SpOC West), was activated to serve as headquarters of the Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC), a subordinate command of the United States Space Command. The SpOC West commander also served as the commander of CFSCC and as the deputy commander of SpOC.

Space Systems Command

SSC organizational chart, 2022

The Space Systems Command (SSC) is becoming responsible for developing, acquiring, and fielding space systems, as well as launch, sustainment, and maintenance of space systems. It also advises Space Force science and technology activities.

The Space Force on 8 April 2021 announced the planned structure of the SSC. Led by a lieutenant general, SSC was to be formed by redesignating the Space and Missile Systems Center, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, and other space systems programs offices transferred into the Space Force, being stood up in summer 2021. On July 29, Michael Guetlein was confirmed as its first commander by the United States Senate.[21][22] The ceremony installing him in command of the new SSC was held August 13, 2021.[23]

Under the new structure, the two launch deltas previously under SpOC were reassigned to SSC under the oversight of the SSC deputy commander. The commander of the Space Launch Delta 45 will take on additional duties as the field command's director of operations.[21]

Space Training and Readiness Command

STARCOM emblem

The Space Training and Readiness Command was planned to train and educate space professionals, develop combat-ready space forces, and additionally taking on the roles of integrated testing and on-orbit checkout. Initially, before the activation of the command, a Space Training and Readiness Delta was established in July 2020 at Peterson SFB.[13] STARCOM was activated on 23 August 2021, led by a major general.[24] Five subordinate deltas then began being established: one each for training, doctrine and lessons learned, range and aggressor, test and evaluation, and education.[24]


The Space Force has no command echelon equivalent of the U.S. Air Force′s numbered air forces,[25] so the next command echelon below field commands is the delta, a single level of command which combines the wing and group command echelons found in the U.S. Air Force.[25] Each delta is organized around a specific function, such as operations, installation support, or training, and is led by an officer in the grade of colonel.[13][25] Space Deltas are operational organizations, but have no responsibility for base support, which is either the Air Force′s responsibility,[25] or that of the Space Base Deltas, the former Garrisons.

The first 11 deltas in the Space Force initially were assigned to the Space Operations Command. Of those, two were realigned under the Space Systems Command, and the Space Training and Readiness Delta (Provisional) became a separate field command.

Delta Headquarters Current commander
Field Operating Agency
Space Delta 18 – National Space Intelligence Center (DEL 18)[26]
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Col Marcus Starks
Space Operations Command
Space Delta 2 – Space Domain Awareness and Space Battle Management (DEL 2)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Col Raj Agrawal
Space Delta 3 – Space Electromagnetic Warfare (DEL 3)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Col Nicole M. Petrucci
Space Delta 4 – Missile Warning (DEL 4)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado Col Ernest R. Schmitt
Space Delta 6 – Cyberspace Operations (DEL 6)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Christopher A. Kennedy
Space Delta 7 – Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (DEL 7)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Col Phoenix L. Hauser
Space Delta 8 – Satellite Communication (DEL 8)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Jeffrey E. Weisler
Space Delta 9 – Orbital Warfare (DEL 9)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Ramsey M. Horn
Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Integrated Misson Delta (Provisional) (PNT IMD)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Andrew S. Menschner
Space Base Delta 1 (SBD 1)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Col Kenneth Klock
Space Base Delta 2 (SBD 2)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado Col Heidi L. Dexter
Space Systems Command
Space Base Delta 3 (SBD 3)
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col Mia L. Walsh
Acquisition Delta – Commercial Space
Washington, D.C. Col Richard Kniseley[27]
Space Acquisition Management Delta[28]
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Program Executive Office - Assured Access To Space (AATS or SSC/AA)
Acquisition Delta – Launch Execution (AAL)[29]
Patrick Space Force Base, Florida Col James T. Horne[30]
Acquisition Delta – Mission Solutions (AAM)[31]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col Matthew Flahive
Acquisition Delta – Space Mobility Logistics (AAA)[32]
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida Col Joyce Bulson
Space Launch Delta 30 (SLD 30)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California Col Mark A. Shoemaker
Space Launch Delta 45 (SLD 45)
Patrick Space Force Base, Florida Brig Gen Kristin Panzenhagen
Program Executive Office - Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3 or SSC/BC)[29]
Acquisition Delta – Operational Command and Control
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col Jason E. West
Acquisition Delta – Tactical Command and Control
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col P. Little
Product Support Delta – Data Transport[33]
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Tane Yingling
Program Executive Office - Military Communications & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (MCPNT or SSC/CG)[29]
Acquisition Delta – Tactical SATCOM (CGT)[33]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Charlotte M. Gerhart
Acquisition Delta – Strategic SATCOM (CGS)[33]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col A. J. Ashby[27]
Acquisition Delta – Narrowband SATCOM (CGN)[33]
Naval Base Point Loma, California[34] Capt Peter J. Sheehy
Positioning, Navigation, and Timing System Delta (PNT SYD)[35]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Matthew L. Spencer
Program Executive Office - Space Sensing (SSC/SN)
Acquisition Delta – Resilient Missile Warning, Tracking, Defense (SNR) [29]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col Jon Seal
Acquisition Delta – Environmental and Tactical Surveillance (SNS)[36]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col Daniel J. Visosky[27]
Acquisition Delta – Strategic Missile Warning - Ground and Integration[37]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col Stevie Medieros
Acquisition Delta – Strategic Missile Warning - Space[38]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col L. Brown, Jr.
Product Support Delta – Space Sensing (SNP)[29]
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Anita J. McCorvey
Program Executive Office - Space Domain Awareness and Combat Power (SDACP or SSC/SZ)[29]
Acquisition Delta – Innovation and Prototyping (SZI)[39]
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico Col Joseph J. Roth
Acquisition Delta – Space Warfighting (SZA)
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Col Erik S. Stockham
Acquisition Delta – Advanced MILSATCOM
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Lt Col Cliff Seratti (acting)
Acquisition Delta – Space Domain Awareness (SZG)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado F. Schnell
Acquisition Delta – Strategic Warning and Surveillance Systems (SZQ)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado M. La Force (acting)
Electromagnetic Warfare System Delta[35]
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California Jordan Riedel
Program Executive Office - Operational Test and Training Infrastructure (OTTI or SSC/TI)[40]
Acquisition Delta – Engineering
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California King Molder
Acquisition Delta – Test and Training
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California
Space Training and Readiness Command
Space Delta 1 – Training (DEL 1)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California Col Peter C. Norsky
Space Delta 10 – Doctrine and Wargaming (DEL 10)
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Col Jack D. Fulmer II
Space Delta 11 – Range and Aggressor (DEL 11)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Jay M. Steingold
Space Delta 12 – Test and Evaluation (DEL 12)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Sacha N. Tomlinson
Space Delta 13 – Education (DEL 13)
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama Col Bryan J. Dutcher
U.S. Space Forces – Space
Space Delta 5 – Combined Space Operations Center (DEL 5)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California Col Justin E. Sorice
Space Delta 15 – National Space Defense Center (DEL 15)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Stephen G. Lyon
Space Force Element to the National Reconnaissance Office
Space Delta 20 – Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado (DEL 20)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado Col Robert J. Schreiner
Space Delta 21 – Aerospace Data Facility-East (DEL 21)[citation needed]
Fort Belvoir, Virginia Col Nicholas Martin
Space Delta 23 – Aerospace Data Facility-Southwest (DEL 23)[citation needed]
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
Space Delta 25 – National Reconnaissance Operations Center (DEL 25)[citation needed]
Chantilly, Virginia Col Robert E. Shrader [41]
Space Delta 26 – NRO Cyber (DEL 26)[citation needed]
Chantilly, Virginia Col Rob Bonner [42]
Space Rapid Capabilities Office
Advanced Capabilities Acquisition Delta
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico Col Andrew Anderson[43]
Strategic Capabilities Acquisition Delta
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico Col Gregory Hoffman

  Denotes planned unit but not yet activated.


Below deltas in the Space Force structure are squadrons. Space Force squadrons are focused on specific tactics and are led by an officer in the grade of lieutenant colonel.[13]

Squadron Headquarters
Space Delta 1
1st Delta Operations Squadron (1 DOS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
319th Combat Training Squadron (319 CTS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
328th Weapons Squadron (328 WPS)
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
392nd Combat Training Squadron (392 CTS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
533rd Training Squadron (533 TRS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
Space Delta 2
15th Space Surveillance Squadron (18 SPSS)
Maui, Hawaii
18th Space Defense Squadron (18 SDS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
19th Space Defense Squadron (19 SDS)
Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Virginia
20th Space Surveillance Squadron (20 SPSS)
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Space Delta 3
3rd Combat Training Squadron (3 CTS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
4th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron (4 EWS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
5th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron (5 EWS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
16th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron (16 EWS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
23rd Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron (23 EWS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron (Provisional) (ISR (P))[44]
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 4
2nd Space Warning Squadron (2 SWS)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado
3rd Satellite Communications Squadron (3 SCS)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado
5th Space Warning Squadron (5 SWS)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado
6th Space Warning Squadron (6 SWS)
Cape Cod Space Force Station, Massachusetts
7th Space Warning Squadron (7 SWS)
Beale Air Force Base, California
10th Space Warning Squadron (10 SWS)
Cavalier Space Force Station, North Dakota
11th Space Warning Squadron (11 SWS)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado
12th Space Warning Squadron (12 SWS)
Pituffik Space Base, Greenland
13th Space Warning Squadron (13 SWS)
Clear Space Force Station, Alaska
Space Delta 5
55th Combat Training Squadron (55 CTS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
Joint Fires and Information Operations Team (JFIOT)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
Space Delta 6
21st Space Operations Squadron (21 SOPS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
22nd Space Operations Squadron (22 SOPS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
23rd Space Operations Squadron (23 SOPS)
New Boston Space Force Station, New Hampshire
62nd Cyberspace Squadron (62 CYS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
63rd Cyberspace Squadron (63 CYS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
64th Cyberspace Squadron (64 CYS)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado
65th Cyberspace Squadron (65 CYS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
68th Cyberspace Squadron (68 CYS)[45]
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
69th Cyberspace Squadron (69 CYS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
645th Cyberspace Squadron (645 CYS)
Patrick Space Force Base, Florida
Space Delta 7
71st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron (71 ISRS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
72nd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron (72 ISRS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
73rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron (73 ISRS)
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
74th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron (74 ISRS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
75th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron (75 ISRS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
76th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron (76 ISRS)
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Space Delta 8
8th Combat Training Squadron (8 CTS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
4th Space Operations Squadron (4 SOPS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
10th Space Operations Squadron (10 SOPS)
Point Mugu, California
53rd Space Operations Squadron (53 SOPS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 9
9th Combat Training Squadron (9 CTS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
1st Space Operations Squadron (1 SOPS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
3rd Space Operations Squadron (3 SOPS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 10
10th Delta Operations Squadron (10 DOS)
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
Space Delta 11
11th Delta Operations Squadron (11 DOS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
25th Space Range Squadron (25 SRS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
57th Space Aggressor Squadron (57 SAS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
98th Space Range Squadron (98 SRS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
527th Space Aggressor Squadron (527 SAS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 12
12th Delta Operations Squadron (12 DOS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
1st Test and Evaluation Squadron (1 TES)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
3rd Test and Evaluation Squadron (3 TES)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
4th Test and Evaluation Squadron (4 TES)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
17th Test and Evaluation Squadron (17 TES)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 13
13th Delta Operations Squadron (13 DOS)
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
National Security Space Institute (NSSI)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Squadron Officer School (SOS)
Forrest L. Vosler Noncommissioned Officer Academy (Vossler NCOA)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 15
15th Command and Control Squadron (15 CACS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
15th Cyber Squadron (15 CYS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
15th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (15 ISRS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 18
1st Space Analysis Squadron (1 SAS)
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2nd Space Analysis Squadron (2 SAS)
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Integrated Misson Delta (Provisional)
2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS)
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Software Engineering Squadron (Provisional)[46]
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Logistics and Operations Support Squadron (Provisional)[33]
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Force Element to the National Reconnaissance Office
NRO Operations Squadron
Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 20
Space Operations Squadron (ADF-C SOPS)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Delta 21
Space Operations Squadron (ADF-E SOPS)
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Space Delta 23
Space Operations Squadron (ADF-SW SOPS)
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
Space Delta 26
660th Network Operations Squadron (660 NETOPS)
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
661st Cyber Operations Squadron (661 CYS)
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
662nd Cyber Operations Squadron (662 CYS)
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
663rd Cyber Operations Squadron (663 CYS)
Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado
664th Cyber Operations Squadron (664 CYS)
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
Space Launch Delta 30
30th Operations Support Squadron (30 OSS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
2nd Range Operations Squadron (2 ROPS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
2nd Space Launch Squadron (2 SLS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
30th Space Communications Squadron (30 SCS)
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
Space Launch Delta 45
1st Range Operations Squadron (1 ROPS)
Patrick Space Force Base, Florida
5th Space Launch Squadron (5 SLS)
Patrick Space Force Base, Florida
45th Range Squadron (45 RANS)
Patrick Space Force Base, Florida
45th Weather Squadron (45 WS)
Patrick Space Force Base, Florida
Space Base Delta 1
21st Communications Squadron (21 CS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
50th Space Communications Squadron (50 SCS)
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Space Base Delta 3
61st Communications Squadron (61 CS)
Los Angeles Air Force Base, California


On 20 December 2019, Air Force Space Command's principal components were 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and the Space and Missile Systems Center. At the same time as the creation of the Space Force 14th Air Force was redesignated as Space Operations Command.[47]

On 12 March 2019, the Space Development Agency (SDA), a new space-focused development agency, additional to the Space and Missile Systems Center and the Space Rapid Capabilities Office, was established.[48] It was established under the authority of the under secretary of defense for research and engineering.[49] As of January 2020, the SDA is planned to become part of the U.S. Space Force in October 2022.[50]

In early April 2020, a list of twenty-three units to be transferred from the Air Force to the Space Force was publicly reported.[51] Those units included the 17th Test Squadron, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado; 18th Intelligence Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; the 25th Space Range Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO; the 328th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV; the 527th Space Aggressor Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO; the 7th Intelligence Squadron, 659th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, 70th ISR Wing, Ft. Meade, Maryland*; Sixteenth Air Force/Advanced Programs*, Schriever AFB, Colorado; the 32nd Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Meade, Maryland*; the 566th Intelligence Squadron, Buckley AFB, Colorado*; the 544th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Group Staff & Detachment 5, Peterson AFB, Colorado; D the 533d Training Squadron, 381st Training Group, Vandenberg AFB, CA (initial training); the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Research Lab Mission Execution, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio*; the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico*; the AFRL Rocket Propulsion Division, Edwards AFB, CA; the AFRL Electro-Optical Division, Maui, Hawaii & Kirtland AFB, New Mexico*; the AFRL Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio*; the Counter-Space Analysis Squadron and the Space Analysis Squadron, collectively half of the Space and Missiles Analysis Group, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, both at Wright-Patterson AFB; the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, CO; and the Air Force Safety Center – Space Safety Division, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

Detachment 1, USAF Warfare Center, Schriever AFB, Colorado; Operating Location A, 705th Combat Training Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colorado (ultimately part of the 505th Command and Control Wing), and the National Security Space Institute, Peterson AFB, CO National Security Space Institute, a place for space education became eventually part of the STAR Delta.

In September 2021 it was announced the 53rd Signal Battalion, the U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade, and the Naval Satellite Operations Center would be transferred to Space Force.[52]


U.S. Space Force patch shapes, 2021

Each unit in the Space Force has an emblem in a shape depending on the unit type.[53] Each of the three field commands also have a distinctive color: Silver Grey for SpOC, Golden yellow for SSC, and Bluebird (Replacing initial Cannes Blue color) for STARCOM. Units assigned to Space Forces Space (a component field command) will use Brick Red as a distinctive color. Unit emblems are trimmed with the color of the field command to which they report. Space Force personnel assigned to National Reconnaissance Office roles will wear insignia trimmed in Black.

Unit SpOC
(Silver gray)
(Golden yellow)
Field Command
Base Delta

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