HomeNewsArticle Display

SATCOM, Tech control make the connection

Senior Airman Eric Dahl, 460th Space Communications Squadron satellite communication technician, operates on an antenna March 15, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. SATCOM Airmen provide guaranteed communication, maintenance and efficiency between the satellites in space and their end-users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Senior Airman Eric Dahl, 460th Space Communications Squadron satellite communication technician, operates on an antenna March 15, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. SATCOM Airmen provide guaranteed communication, maintenance and efficiency between the satellites in space and their end-users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Senior Airman Clayton Traugott, 460th Space Communication Squadron circuit actions technician, operates on a circuit box March 15, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Circuit actions technicians coordinate, install, maintain and troubleshoot Defense Information Systems Agency directed circuits that connects Air Force Space Command users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Senior Airman Clayton Traugott, 460th Space Communication Squadron circuit actions technician, operates on a circuit box March 15, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Circuit actions technicians coordinate, install, maintain and troubleshoot Defense Information Systems Agency directed circuits that connects Air Force Space Command users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Staff Sgt. Dexter Calis, 460th Space Communications Squadron satellite communication supervisor and Senior Airman James Ramroth, 460th SCS SATCOM technician, perform multi-meter testing March 15, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. SATCOM ensures the flow data and connection between satellites and their end-users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

Staff Sgt. Dexter Calis, 460th Space Communications Squadron satellite communication supervisor and Senior Airman James Ramroth, 460th SCS SATCOM technician, perform multi-meter testing March 15, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. SATCOM ensures the flow data and connection between satellites and their end-users. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob Deatherage/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Nestled in the restricted area of barbed-wire fencing, security guards and surveillance, lies the hub of America’s missile warning system which safeguards our country and our allies.

What most people don’t know, is that the service members behind the fence couldn’t do their job without the support of the 460th Space Communications Squadron satellite communication and technical control Airmen.

These Airmen provide guaranteed communication, maintenance and efficiency between the satellites in space and their end-users. End-users can be anything from other bases, to other countries and government agencies.

“We’re not the ones processing the intelligence or gathering it, but we are connecting the gathering to the intel operators,” said Tech. Sgt. William, 460th SCS radio-frequency transmissions systems shift lead. “Without us, the communication wouldn’t happen.”

Not only does this team help relay data from one end to another, but they also have to maintain the antennas, radome, radios and other control systems on base. Inside each radome is an antenna, which is the core function to the SBIRS mission. SATCOM Airmen must stay proactive, and be ready to repair or reconnect the system at a moment’s notice.

“The Airmen conduct preventative maintenance inspections every day on every antenna to make sure they are running properly,” said William. “Then when something breaks, it becomes our number one priority; we have to get that mission back up.”

Another group of communication specialists on Buckley is technical control. Technical control Airmen are responsible for over 1,300 circuits, keeping Buckley and all of the Air Force Space Command connected.

“Acting as Defense Information Systems Agency coordinators, we coordinate, install, maintain and troubleshoot DISA directed circuits that connect everyone,” said Senior Airman Clayton, 460th SCS circuit actions technician. “From Buckley to Korea to Germany, we keep everyone on a platform and up to date with what’s going on.”

The priorities of SATCOM and technical control may not be operating the SBIRS network or reading the missile warning data, but they make sure the right data reaches the right user. This way every person is “in the know”, and they are able to provide effective missile warning capabilities.

“This is one of the few stateside missions where we actually contribute to the warfighter from our home station,” said William. “We protect the U.S. with the things we do every day.”

USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.