4th Space Control Squadron

4th Space Control Squadron 

The 4th Space Control Squadron (4 SPCS), Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., provides combat space superiority effects to the Commander, Joint Functional Component Command - Space (JFCC - Space) and theater Combatant Commanders. The squadron is a geographically -separated unit assigned to the 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Operates and maintains the Counter Communications System. The squadron also deploys globally to conduct mobile and transportable space superiority operations as tasked by the Commander, JFCC - Space. The squadron also participates in the evaluation and operation of new counterspace technologies to meet Combatant Commander requirements.

The 4th SPCS is an Air Force Space Command unit responsible for delivering offensive counterspace and space situational awareness, as appropriate, to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile effects in support of global and theater campaigns.

The unit initially activated in September 1986 as Det. 2, 6960th Electronic Security Command (ESC). The unit provided training for the ESC. It was reassigned to Headquarters, Continental Electronic Security Division in October 1986 and was reassigned again, this time to Headquarters, Space Electronic Security Division in May 1988. In May 1989, it was reorganized under the 694th Electronics Security Wing.

The low altitude space surveillance system was activated by Air Force Space Command in October 1990. The unit was named the 4th Surveillance Squadron. One year later, it was re-designated as the 4th Space Surveillance Squadron. During this time, the unit continued to perform a research and development mission and a mission to train newly assigned low altitude space surveillance operators until April 1993.

The squadron was assigned to the 73rd Space Group and in April 1995 merged with the 21st Space Wing. In April 1996, the unit moved operations from its home at Lackland AFB, Texas, to Holloman AFB, NM, its present location. The unit was re-designated as the 4th Space Control Squadron in February 2003.

The 4th SPCS transitioned to a counterspace mission in July 2005, and activated its first Counter Communications System on April 11, 2006.