Space Delta 8 (DEL 8) is the United States Space Force unit responsible for satellite communications and position, navigation, and timing. The Delta operates, among other constellations, the Global Positioning System for both military and civilian users. It is headquartered at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado.
|Space Delta 8|
|Founded||24 July 2020|
|Branch||United States Space Force|
|Role||Satellite communication and navigation warfare|
|Part of||Space Operations Command|
|Headquarters||Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, U.S.|
|Motto(s)||"Masters of Space"|
|Commander||Col David A. Pheasant|
|Vice Commanders||Lt Col Daniel Sebeck and Lt Col Damian Ochs|
|Superintendent||CMSgt Michael J. Rozneck|
Before the founding of an independent Space Force, the Air Force Space Command's (AFSPC) 50th Operations Group (50 OG), part of the 50th Space Wing, performed the satellite communications and position, navigation, and timing missions. As part of the reorganization in the stand-up of Space Force, 50 OG was inactivated and DEL 8 was activated on 24 July 2020. On 8 February 2022, the 50th Operations Support Squadron was inactivated and the 8th Combat Training Squadron was activated.
In September 2021, the Space Force publicly identified Army and Navy SATCOM units that would transfer to DEL 8. On 6 June 2022, the Naval Satellite Operations Center transferred as the 10th Space Operations Squadron, followed on 29 June 2022 by the Army's 53rd Signal Battalion, which became the 53rd Space Operations Squadron.
On 7 July 2022, Colonel David Pheasant, a former Army officer who had once commanded the 53rd Signal Battalion, took command of DEL 8, becoming the first inter-service transfer officer to command a Space Force Delta.
DEL 8 comprises five squadrons, two of which have non-Air Force lineages (10 SOPS Navy; 53 SOPS Army):
|8th Combat Training Squadron||Operational training and certification, tactics development, engineering support, and crew force management||Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado|
|2nd Space Operations Squadron||Navigation warfare||Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado||Navstar Global Positioning System|
|4th Space Operations Squadron||Satellite communication||Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado||Advanced Extremely High Frequency|
Defense Satellite Communications System Phase III
Military Strategic and Tactical Relay
Wideband Global Satellite Communications
|10th Space Operations Squadron||Satellite communication||Point Mugu, California||Mobile User Objective System|
Ultra-High Frequency Follow-On
Fleet Satellite Communications System
|53rd Satellite Operations Squadron||Satellite communication||Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado||Wideband Global SATCOM|
Defense Satellite Communications System
|Portrait||Name||Took office||Left office||Duration|
Matthew E. Holston
|24 July 2020||7 July 2022||1 year, 348 days|||
David A. Pheasant
|7 July 2022||Incumbent||250 days|||