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310th Space Wing

310th Space Wing

310th Space Wing

U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet

The 310th Space Wing, the only space wing in the Air Force Reserve, is located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and has units assigned to Schriever, Peterson and Buckley Air Force Bases in Colo., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Vision Statement

Force of choice: Mission-expert Citizen Airmen, winning the dynamic multi-domain fight. 

Mission Statement

Provide agile combat and space forces to win the fight.

Parent Unit: 10th Air Force

The wing is composed of 13 units, under the 310th Operations Group, 310th Mission Support Group and 710th Operations Group, and includes three direct-reporting units: the Reserve National Security Space Institute, 310th Aerospace Medicine Flight and the 9th Combat Operations Squadron. All units support various military and other government organizations including, but not limited to, the Department of Commerce, Air Force Space Command, the Space Innovation and Development Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 14th Air Force, 24th Air Force, 50th Space Wing, 21st Space Wing and 460th Space Wing.

The 6th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base is the only DoD organization operating Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellites in support of the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They provide immediate backup capability for NOAA, the primary operating agency.

The 7th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, an associate unit to the 1st Space Operations Squadron, assures access to space by commanding satellites to collect and disseminate the decision-quality information and provide SSA throughout the spectrum of conflict. 

The 8th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., is an associate to the 2nd Space Warning Squadron, and operates the Space-Based Infrared System providing missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence, and battle space characterization to warfighters and national leadership.

Detachment 1, 8th Space Warning Squadron, partners with the 11th Space Warning Squadron and performs satellite command and control on the Space Based Infrared System, specifically the Highly Elliptical Orbit payload. They provide strategic and tactical warning of missile and space launches to combatant commanders and warfighters worldwide.

The 9th Combat Operations Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base operates the Combined Space Operations Center performing combat operations, plans, strategy, and intelligence assessments enabling the commander, Joint Functional Component Command Space to command and control space forces by providing worldwide space effects to combatant commanders.

The 19th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, an associate to the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, launches, sustains, operates and modernizes the GPS satellite constellation and ground systems, providing highly accurate 24-hour navigation, timing and nuclear detonation information to users worldwide. In addition, they provide the only deployable navigation warfare team for theater combatant commanders.

The 310th Aerospace Medicine Flight at Buckley Air Force Base provides medical support to the 310th Space Wing warfighter. They provide full aerospace medicine and physical exams services to both Buckley and Schriever Air Force Bases.

The 310th Force Support Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base is made up of the 310th Airman and Family Readiness Section, 310th Manpower and Personnel Flight, 310th Force Development Flight, 310th Sustainment Services Flight, 310th Logistics Readiness Element, and the 310th Communications Element. Collectively they provide full spectrum force support expertise and capabilities to the men and women of the 310th Space Wing and all subordinate organizations. Additionally, the 310 FSS has an operating location at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.

The 310th Operations Support Flight at Schriever Air Force Base provides operations support and applicable program oversight to the 310th Operations Group space operations squadrons. They deliver relevant space operations instructor training, cutting edge weapons and tactics applications, and actionable intelligence maximizing the mission effectiveness of the 310th Space Wing.

The 310th Security Forces Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base provides trained, equipped, combat-ready Security Forces for Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and Air Force Reserve Command taskings supporting peacetime, contingency and wartime operations.

The 710th Security Forces Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base was activated to support the 310th Space Group's conversion to a full wing. Unit personnel are trained to deploy and perform integrated base defense, law enforcement, force protection, resource protection and physical security operations at locations worldwide.

The 380th Space Control Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, an associate to the 16th Space Control Squadron, executes the emerging, globally deployed hybrid counterspace/electronic warfare support mission. 380 SPCS monitors satellite communications links to intercept and geolocate SATCOM jammers, sources of electromagnetic interference or other signals of interest for prosecution as targets or other higher authority action.

The Headquarters Reserve National Security Space Institute at Peterson Air Force Base, supports both the National Security Space Institute and the Advanced Space Operations School responsible for operating the joint mission school that educates and trains our National Security Space Community in space power application for joint warfighting. Members of the RNSSI provide surge capability through specialized traditional Reserve expertise, course research, curriculum development, instruction and execution of the Reserve Space Professional Development Program.

Total Estimated Economic Impact (payroll, annual expenditures, jobs created): 


Colorado Springs, Colo. area: $34,399,044

Aurora, Colo. area: $14,167,226

Lompoc, Calif. area: $6,175,798

Total for 310th Space Wing: $54,742,070

Unit History
The 310th has a long and rich heritage dating back to World War II when it began as the 310th Bombardment Group on March 15, 1942. The unit flew B-25 "Mitchell" bombers in support of operations in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Sardinia, France, Austria and Yugoslavia during the war. The group perfected "skip bombing" techniques against bridge, airborne, rail yard and marshaling yard targets. The group was inactivated on Sept. 12, 1945.
The 310th Bombardment Wing was reactivated in 1952 and trained on the B-29 Superfortress before converting to the B-47 Stratojet. The wing deployed to RAF station Upper Heyford, England from March 10 - June 8, 1955 and to RAF Greenham Common, England from Oct. 3, 1956 - Jan. 19, 1965 before being deactivated in June of 1965.

On Sept. 1, 1991, the 310th Training and Test Wing was activated for a short time at Vandenberg Air Force Base and was responsible for initial ICBM operations crew training and ICBM operational testing. It was inactivated on July 1, 1993.

The 310th designator was again activated with the stand up of the 310th Space Group on Sept. 4, 1997. The group was created from its original squadron, the 7 SOPS, and has grown rapidly with the realization of the critical role the Air Force Reserve can play in the future of space operations.

The 310th Space Group was re-designated the 310th Space Wing on March 7, 2008. The wing has been tremendously successful in its initial missions and has been tasked with reviewing future RegAF/Reserve partnerships in space to identify potential areas where the Air Force Reserve can add value.

Unit Achievements
Campaign Streamers Decorations
World War II European-Middle Eastern Theater: Distinguished Unit

Tunisia 1942- 43 Central Europe 1945 Bienvento, Italy: August 27, 1943
North Appennines1944- 45 Rome-Arno 1944 Ora, Italy: March 10, 1945
Sicily 1943 Po Valley 1945
Rhineland 1944- 45 Southern France 1944
Napples-Foggia 1943 - 44 Air Combat 1941- 45
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards:
January 1, 1956 - January 1, 1959
September 4, 1997 - November 1, 1998
October 1, 2000 - September 30, 2002
October 1, 2002 - July 30, 2004
August 1, 2004 - July 31, 2006
August 1, 2006 - July 31, 2008
August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2010

(Current as of October 2018)