2nd Space Warning Squadron


The 2nd Space Warning Squadron Is part of the Space Delta 4 at Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado. It operates the Space-Based Infrared System satellites conducting global monitoring for significant infrared events.

2nd Space Warning Squadron
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Emblem of the 2nd Space Warning Squadron
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
RoleMissile Warning
Part ofSpace Delta 4
Garrison/HQBuckley Space Force Base, Colorado
Nickname(s)Squawkin' Dogs[citation needed]
  • Ils Ne Passeront Pas
  • (French: "They Shall Not Pass")

The squadron's mission is to operate and maintain the Space-Based Infrared System. Additionally, it reports ballistic missile and space launches, nuclear detonations, and infrared data of operational value to the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, intelligence agencies, and global warfighters.[1]


On 7 January 2020 2nd Space Warning Squadron detected the launches of more than a dozen missiles against US and coalition partners.[2] This provided crucial warning to the warfighters, which helped them to take cover.[2]


The squadron has operated ground stations set up to control the Defense Support Program (DSP) and Space-Based Infrared System, space-based surveillance systems configured to detect and report ballistic missile launches, space launches, and nuclear detonations since 1992.


  • Constituted as the 2d Space Communications Squadron on 1 May 1992
Activated on 15 May 1992
Redesignated 2d Space Warning Squadron on 1 May 1993[3]



Systems OperatedEdit

List of commandersEdit

  • Lt Col Francois Roy, July 2013[4]
  • Lt Col April Wimmer, 7 July 2015[5]
  • Lt Col Shannon DaSilva, 11 May 2017
  • Lt Col Brandon Davenport, 5 June 2019[6]
  • Lt Col Michael Mariner, 1 July 2021[6]


  1. ^ a b c No byline. "Buckley AFB Factsheets 460th Operations Group". 460th Space Wing Public Affairs. Archived from the original on February 12, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Strout, Nathan (September 15, 2020). "US Space Force confirms Space Based Infrared System detected missile attack in January". Defense News.
  3. ^ a b c d Robertson, Patsy (September 24, 2008). "Factsheet 31 Fighter Wing (USAFE)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on 2013-12-31. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "2nd Space Warning Squadron changes command". www.buckley.spaceforce.mil.
  5. ^ "2nd Space Warning Squadron changes command". www.buckley.spaceforce.mil.
  6. ^ a b "Change of Command". Facebook.


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

External linksEdit

  • 460th Operations Group Fact Sheet