Contents 1 History 1.1 World War II 1.2 Air Force reserve 1.3 Strategic Air Command 1.4 Space unit 2 Lineage 2.1 Assignments 2.2 Stations 2.3 Aircraft 3 Commanders 4 References 4.1 Bibliography

History[edit] World War II[edit] Established under the 1st Photographic Group in May 1941. Performed aerial mapping primarily over the southwestern United States prior to the Pearl Harbor Attack using Beechcraft F-2 Expeditor variants of the Beechcraft Model 18 which were equipped for the reconnaissance role. After the United States entry into World War II, flew aerial mapping missions over Western Canada and Alaska, mapping uncharted territory to support the building of the Alaska Highway. Deployed to South America in 1942–1943; mapping locations in British Guiana and Brazil for locations of emergency airfields as part of the development of the South Atlantic Transport Route. Attached to 13th Air Force in late 1944; engaged in long-range mapping and reconnaissance over combat areas in support of seaborne landings in the Southwest Pacific Area and the liberation of the Philippines. Remained in the Pacific Theater after V-J Day performing reconnaissance mapping flights over Japan, Korea, and China. Unit largely demobilized on Okinawa. Inactivated in early 1946. Air Force reserve[edit] Active from 1947 to 1949 at Niagara Falls Municipal Airport as a reserve unit. Apparently not fully manned or equipped.[1] Strategic Air Command[edit] Reactivated in 1952 as part of Strategic Air Command. Mission was to gather intelligence on a global scale. Squadron operated Boeing RB-47 Stratojet medium bombers refitted for aerial reconnaissance and mapping mission. Flew day and night strategic reconnaissance missions over a global scale. Inactivated due to budget reductions in 1958. Space unit[edit] Activated at Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado in 1992 as a space unit.[1]

Lineage[edit] Constituted as the 4th Photographic Squadron on 15 May 1941 Activated on 10 June 1941 Redesignated 4th Mapping Squadron on 13 January 1942 Redesignated 4th Photographic Mapping Squadron on 9 June 1942 Redesignated 4th Photographic Charting Squadron on 11 August 1943 Redesignated 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, Long Range, Photographic on 15 June 1945 Redesignated 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range, Photographic on 20 November 1945 Inactivated on 14 April 1946 Redesignated 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic on 5 September 1947 Activated in the reserve on 20 September 1947 Inactivated on 27 June 1949 Redesignated 4th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium on 9 May 1952 Activated on 28 May 1952 Inactivated on 1 July 1958 Redesignated 4th Space Operations Squadron on 1 April 1992 Activated on 30 April 1992[1] Assignments[edit] 1st Photographic Group (later 1st Mapping Group, 1st Photographic Charting Group), 10 June 1941 311th Photographic Wing (later 311th Reconnaissance Wing), 5 October 1944 – 14 April 1946 Attached to Thirteenth Air Force, c. 7 November 1944 4th Photographic Group, December 1944 6th Reconnaissance Group, 3 May 1945 308th Bombardment Wing, 22 October 1945 – 14 April 1946 First Air Force, 20 September 1947 26th Reconnaissance Group, 23 October 1947 – 27 June 1949 26th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 28 May 1952 – 1 July 1958 50th Operations Group, 30 April 1992 – present[1] Stations[edit] Moffett Field, California, 10 June 1941 March Field, California, 10 December 1941 Detachments operated from various bases in Alaska, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, between 1942 and 1944) Peterson Field, Colorado, 4 January 1944 Buckley Field, Colorado, 1 July – 14 October 1944 Hollandia Airfield Complex, Netherlands East Indies, 7 November 1944 Detachments operated from: Wama Airfield, Morotai, Netherlands East Indies, December 1944 – January 1945 Australia, January–May 1945 San Roque Airfield (Moret Field), Mindanao, Philippines, April–June 1945 Clark Field, Luzon, Philippines, June–August 1945 Tacloban Airfield, Leyte, Philippines, 11 July 1945 Detachment operated from Okinawa, August–October 1945 Seoul Airport, South Korea, 25 October 1945 – 14 April 1946 Niagara Falls Municipal Airport, New York, 20 September 1947 Buffalo Airport, New York, 3 May 1948 – 27 June 1949 Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio, 28 May 1952 – 1 July 1958 Falcon Air Force Base (later Schriever Air Force Base), Colorado, 30 April 1992 – present[1] Aircraft[edit] Beechcraft F-2 Expeditor, 1941–1942 A-29 Hudson, 1942 B-34 Lexington, 1943–1944 B-24/F7 Liberator, 1943–1946 Unknown, 1947–1949 Boeing YRB-47 Stratojet, 1953–1958 Boeing RB-47 Stratojet, 1953–1958 Boeing B-47 Stratojet, 1953–1958 Satellites, 1992–present

Commanders[edit] Lt Col Charles Thompson (March 1992 to June 1993) Lt Col Kimber McKenzie (June 1993 to January 1995) Lt Col Michael Mantz (January 1995 to August 1996) Lt Col Philip Fitzjarrell (August 1996 to March 1999) Lt Col Allan Kirkman (March 1999 to February 2001) Lt Col Roger Teague (February 2001 to June 2003) Lt Col Ronald Huntley (June 2003 to June 2005) Lt Col John Shaw (June 2005 to June 2007) Lt Col Tommy Roberts (June 2007 to June 2009) Lt Col Doug Schiess (June 2009 to June 2011)[4] Lt Col Scott Trinrud (June 2011 to Jun 2013) [5] Lt Col Monte Munoz (June 2013 to July 2015) [6] Lt Col Sherman Johns (July 2015 to July 2017) Lt Col Armon Lansing (July 2017 to present)

References[edit] United States Air Force portal Military of the United States portal Notes ^ a b c d e f g h i Robertson, Patsy (December 1, 2008). "Factsheet 4 Spece Operations Squadron (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved July 12, 2017.  ^ a b Endicott, pp. 351-352 ^ 4 SOPS Fact Sheet ^ [1] ^ ^ Bibliography[edit]  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website Endicott, Judy G. (1998). Active Air Force Wings as of 1 October 1995 and USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995 (PDF). Air Force History and Museums Program. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ASIN B000113MB2. Retrieved July 2, 2014.  Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. Retrieved December 17, 2016.  Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. Retrieved December 17, 2016.  Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. Retrieved December 17, 2016.  v t e Air Force Space Command Air Forces Fourteenth (Strategic) Twenty-Fourth (Cyber) Centers Space and Missile Systems Space Innovation and Development 614th Air and Space Operations 624th Operations Air Force Network Integration Bases Buckley Los Angeles Patrick Peterson Schriever Thule Vandenberg Stations Cape Canaveral Cape Cod Cavalier Cheyenne Mountain Clear Eldorado (closed) Kaena Point New Boston Onizuka (closed) Wings Combat Communications 689th Information Operations 688th Network Warfare 67th Space 21st 30th 45th 50th 310th 460th Groups Air Base 61st Combat Communications 3d 5th 201st 226th 254th 281st Cyberspace Engineering Installation 38th Information Operations 318th Network Operations 26th Network Support 690th Network Warfare 67th Squadrons Combat Communications 3d 5th 23d 31st 32d 33d 34th 35th 42d 51st 52d 53d 54th 55th 147th 221st 232d 236th 239th 242d 263d 264th 265th 267th 269th 271st 282d 283d 291st 292d 293d Command and Control 1st 2d 3d 4th 55th Mobile 119th 153d 222d 721st Mobile Space Control 1st 4th 16th 20th 25th 76th 380th Space Launch 1st 2d 3d 4th 5th Space Operations 1st 2d 3d 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 19th 21st 22d 23d 111th 148th AFSPC Space Warning 2d 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 137th 213th Others 26th Space Aggressor (AFRC) 527th Space Aggressor (ACC) 3d Space Communications 50th Space Communications 850th Space Communications 1st Space Development 2d Space Development 3d Space Development 3d Space Experimentation 1st Space Surveillance 3d Space Surveillance 5th Space Surveillance 1st Air and Space Test 2d Test Operations 3d Space Test 4th Space Test 55th Space Weather USAAF Thirteenth Air Force in World War II Airfields Pacific USAAF in the South Pacific USAAF in the Southwest Pacific Units Commands XIII Bomber XIII Fighter Groups Fighter 18th Fighter 347th Fighter 414th Fighter Bomber 5th Bombardment 11th Bombardment 42d Bombardment 307th Bombardment Reconnaissance 4th Reconnaissance Troop Carrier 403d Troop Carrier Squadrons Bombardment 100th Bombardment 868th Bombardment Night Fighter 418th Night Fighter 419th Night Fighter 550th Night Fighter Reconnaissance 4th Photographic Charting 17th Photographic Reconnaissance 36th Photographic Reconnaissance 38th Photographic Reconnaissance Troop Carrier 13th Troop Carrier United States Army Air Forces First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth Ninth Tenth Eleventh Twelfth Thirteenth Fourteenth Fifteenth Twentieth Retrieved from "" Categories: Space squadrons of the United States Air ForceMilitary units and formations in ColoradoHidden categories: Articles needing additional references from December 2012All articles needing additional referencesUse dmy dates from May 2011Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

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