2nd SWS opens MCS for tour day
By John Spann, 460 SW Public Affairs
/ Published October 07, 2010
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- On Oct. 2, the 2nd Space Warning Squadron opened up the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Mission Control Station (MCS) at Buckley AFB for mission briefings and tours of the facility to family members of the many organizations directly involved with running the mission. The 460th Space Communications Squadron hosted each group at one of the large antennas in the very visible radomes behind the fence.
Some 300 family members took advantage of the unique opportunity to come see what their mothers, fathers, daughters and sons do for the 460th Space Wing and Air Force Space Command. Organizations involved were 2 SWS, 8 SWS, 460 SCS, the 460th Operations Support Squadron, 460th Standards and Evaluation shop, Buckley Support Team and CLS, the contractor organization charged with supporting operations in the MCS.
"We don't very often have the opportunity to provide unclassified tours of our facility," stated Lt Col Jennifer Jenkins, 2 SWS Commander. "But based on scheduled upgrades this week, we were able to give our families a peak at what we do."
Col Clint Crosier, 460 SW Commander also hosted 18 local dignitaries for a tour of the facility and an unclassified mission briefing.
The 2 and 8 SWS provide continuous and reliable warning of attack of North America and the US and her allies worldwide. The organization is comprised of mission partners from Canada, Great Britain and Australia and has both active duty and reserve members.
The SBIRS Team is in full preparation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Defense Support Program. On Nov. 6 1970, the satellite DSP-1 was launched into space to begin a long and storied history of providing missile warning to the U.S. and its allies from Buckley. On Nov. 5 and 6, the 460 SW and Mile High Chapter of the Air Force Association will host various activities to celebrate this important milestone culminating in a Gala the evening of the Nov. 6 at the Marriott, Denver Tech Center.