137th Space Warning Squadron (SWS)

137th Space Warning Squadron
Col Gregory White, Commander
COMM 720-259-5001 DSN 259-5001

The origin of the 137th Space Warning Squadron (137th SWS)
can be traced back to the height of the Cold War. During the
late 1970's, as the accuracy of the Soviet nuclear arsenal
improved, Space Command planners identified the need for
survivable missile warning systems. The first of these was the
Mobile Ground System (MGS), designed to work with the
Defense Support Program's early warning satellites to provide
survivable missile warning and attack assessment data to
NORAD in the event of war. The 1025th Satellite Communi-
cations Squadron activated in October 1983 to operate the
MGS and support its highly classified mission. In 1986, the
MGS reached Initial Operational Capability. In 1992, Air Force Space Command declassified the mission of the 1025th and the unit was renamed the 4th Space Warning Squadron. As National Guard and Reserve Units became increasingly involved in supporting U.S. national defense, and budgetary constraints forced reductions in Active Duty Air Force missions, Air Force Space Command transferred the MGS to the Colorado Air National Guard and elements of the 138th Tactical Control Squadron at the Greeley Air National Guard Station were renamed the 137th Space Warning Squadron. In January 1996, the 137th Space Warning Squadron became the first National Guard unit to assume an Air Force Space Command mission.

Employs the Air Force's only strategic survivable, mobile ground system (MGS) to receive early warning data. The 137th provides survivable
and endurable missile warning detection to the National Command Authority and has the ability to survive and operate through all phases of trans/post attack. In addition, the satellites provide immediate, worldwide missile warning, space launch, and nuclear detonation detection.

The unit is comprised of 287 Airmen consisting of Active Guard Reserve, dual status technicians, traditional guard members and civilian employees.