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Posted 12/6/2012 Printable Fact Sheet
16th SPCS
16th Space Control Squadron
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The 16th Space Control Squadron is Air Force Space Command's first defensive counterspace unit and employs the Rapid Attack, Identification, Detection, and Reporting System. The unit is responsible for operating space control capabilities to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile space superiority in support of theater campaigns and USSTRATCOM's Space Superiority mission. The 16th SPCS, based at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is assigned to the 21st Operations Group, 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB. It draws Total Force manpower support from its Reserve Associate Unit, the 380th Space Control Squadron.

RAIDRS consists of a central operating location and a variety of transportable antennas deployed around the world to detect, characterize, geolocate and report sources of radio frequency interference on U.S. military and commercial satellites in direct support of combatant commanders.

The RAIDRS prototype, the Satellite Interference Response System, was initially deployed to USCENTCOM's area of responsibility in July 2005 for a 120-day proof of concept. Out of this initial success, SIRS was redesignated as RAIDRS Deployable Ground Segment Zero and has been continually deployed to the AOR as Operation Silent Sentry. Airmen from the 16th SPCS and its RAU have provided the preponderance of the required manpower for this deployed mission since January 2007. 

The 16th SPCS was activated in November 1966 as the 16th Surveillance Squadron, Shemya AFS, Alaska, under Air Defense Command. The unit's mission was to operate the Cobra Dane long-range early warning radar system which was used to track Soviet missile launches. It was assigned to the 73rd Aerospace Surveillance Wing in January 1967 and then to the 14th Aerospace Force in April 1971. The unit was again reassigned in 1983, this time to the 1st Space Wing as one of the original squadrons in the newly established Air Force Space Command. In 1991, it was assigned to the 73rd Space Surveillance Group and redesignated as the 16th Space Surveillance Squadron the following year. The unit was inactivated in 1993. Fourteen years later, in May 2007, the unit was reactivated as the 16th Space Control Squadron to operate the RAIDRS defensive counterspace system.

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