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233d Space Group

137th Space Warning Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, located in Greely, Colo.

137th Space Warning Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, located in Greely, Colo.

233d Space Group
Col Michael Bruno, Commander
COMM 720-259-5001 DSN 259-5001

History
The origin of the 233d Space Group 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, Air Force 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 Communications 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. The new unit was  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. In March of 2013, the 137th Space Warning Squadron was re-aligned in accordance with AFI 38-101 and the 233d Space Group was formed, creating three squadrons and one flight.


137th Space Warning Squadron
233d Space Communications Squadron
233d Security Forces Squadron
233d Logistics Readiness Flight

Mission
Provide the National Command Authority and the joint war fighter with vital global missile warning and attack information through our mobile, survivable and endurable capability.

Vision
Present leading edge capabilities in support of vital state and national interests with the most professional and competent Airmen.


People
The 233 SG is comprised of 305 Airmen consisting of 102 dual status technicians, 70 Active Guard Reserve and 133 traditional guard members.