Space Delta 7

Summary

Space Delta 7
Emblem of Space Delta 7.png
Emblem of Space Delta 7
Founded24 July 2020; 14 months ago (2020-07-24)
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeDelta
RoleIntelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
Part ofSpace Operations Command emblem.png Space Operations Command
HeadquartersPeterson Space Force Base, Colorado, U.S.
Websitewww.peterson.spaceforce.mil/Units/Space-Delta-7/
Commanders
CommanderCol Chandler P. Atwood
Vice CommanderLt Col Erik Schwarz[1]
SuperintendentCMSgt Thomas S. Drake[2]
Insignia
GuidonSpace Delta 7 guidon.svg

Space Delta 7 (DEL 7) is a United States Space Force unit responsible for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) for the United States Space Force. The delta provides actionable and time-sensitive intelligence for space domain operations including detection, characterization and targeting of adversary space capabilities.[3] The unit employs a variety of fixed and mobile sensors across the globe operated by intelligence professionals to enable its mission to gain and maintain information dominance in the space domain in the execution of National Defense Strategy priorities. It is headquartered at Peterson Space Force Base.[3]

History

Delta 7 was activated on 24 July 2020 with the redesignation of the United States Air Force's 544th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group.[3] On 3 September 2020, the delta activated the 73rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron after the inactivation of the 18th Intelligence Squadron.[4] It gained two additional squadrons on 11 September 2020 with the activation of the 71st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron and 72nd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron.[5]

Col. Chandler Atwood speaks at the standup of ISRS 71 and 72 on September 11, 2020.

On 8 January 2021, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe designated the "Space Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance enterprise" the 18th member of the United States Intelligence Community.[6]

Structure

Squadrons
Name Function Headquarters Detachments
71st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron emblem.png 71st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to space mission deltas[5] Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Detachment 1: Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado[7]
5 other detachments[5]
72nd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron emblem.png 72nd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado 3 detachments[5]
73rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron emblem.png 73rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Squadron Global ISR operations to support the research, development and acquisition of future space capabilities.[8] Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio[9] Detachment 2: Osan Air Base, Korea[10]

Detachment 4: RAF Feltwell, UK[10]
Detachment 6: Fort George G. Meade, Maryland [10]

Commander

No. Commander Term Ref
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
1
Chandler P. Atwood
Atwood, Chandler P.Colonel
Chandler P. Atwood
24 July 2020Incumbent1 year, 80 days[11]

References

  1. ^ "Inaugural (virtual) AFOSR – USSF Space Sciences Summit".
  2. ^ "Home".
  3. ^ a b c "Space Delta 7 Fact Sheet" (PDF). Peterson Air Force Base. 24 July 2020.
  4. ^ "73rd ISRS activates, becomes part of U.S. Space Force". Wright-Patterson AFB.
  5. ^ a b c d "Delta 7 gains new space intelligence squadrons". Peterson Air Force Base.
  6. ^ "DNI Ratcliffe Welcomes U.S. Space Force as 18th Intelligence Community Member". www.dni.gov. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Space Delta 4 - Missile Warning". Buckley Space Force Base.
  8. ^ "Space Delta 7". Space Operations Command (SpOC). Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Space Delta 7". www.peterson.spaceforce.mil.
  10. ^ a b c "73rd ISRS activates, becomes part of U.S. Space Force". Wright-Patterson AFB. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  11. ^ https://www.peterson.spaceforce.mil/About/Biographies/Display/Article/2287308/colonel-chandler-p-atwood/

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