|5th Space Operations Squadron|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Force Space Command|
|Motto(s)||Scanning the Globe (1989-1994) Pioneers of Space (1994-present)|
|Decorations||Air Force Outstanding Unit Award|
|5th Space Operations Squadron emblem (approved 9 December 1994)|
|5th Satellite Control Squadron emblem (approved 25 August 1989)|
5th SOPS rose out of the history of the Air Force Satellite Control Facility. The squadron was provisionally activated as Operating Location-A, 750th Space Group, on October 1, 1992. This satellite control facility established one of the Air Force's major roles in space: satellite operations. AFSCF was later divided into the 2nd Space Test Group and the Consolidated Space Test Center on October 1, 1987, when AFSPC took over Onizuka Air Force Base, now Onizuka Air Station. OL-A encompassed the CSTC divisions of VOS, VOE, and VOD.[jargon] the 5th was officially activated 22 November 1993, under the 50th Operations Group and within one year, the 21st Space Operations Squadron absorbed the roles of the 2nd Satellite Tracking Group Operations Division and the 1999th Communications Squadron Operations Division. After the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Committee directed realignment of Onizuka AFS, and the 21st absorbed the roles of the 750th Space Group and all subordinate units and the 5th Space Operations Squadron.
In a three-week span, in late 1993, the squadron launched a DSCS III and a NATO IV communication satellite, supported NASA's Hubble telescope repair and activated as the 5th Space Operations Squadron. The squadron has launched the IUS in support of NASA programs including all seven TDRS and three inter-planetary spacecraft: Galileo (Jupiter), Magellan (Venus), and Ulysses (Sun).