595 Command and Control Group (AFSPC)


Lineage.  Established as 6595 Missile Test Group, and activated, on 1 May 1970.  Redesignated 6595 Test and Evaluation Group on 1 Jan 1988.  Inactivated on 14 Sep 1993.  Redesignated 595 Test and Evaluation Group on 1 Apr 2000.  Activated on 7 Apr 2000.  Redesignated 595 Space Group on 1 Aug 2002.  Inactivated on 1 Apr 2013.  Redesignated as 595 Command and Control Group on 26 Aug 2016.  Activated on 1 Oct 2016.


Assignments. 6595 Aerospace Test Wing, 1 May 1970; Western Space and Missile Center, 1 Oct 1979; Ballistic Missile Organization, 1 Oct 1990; Space and Missile Systems Center, 2-14 Sep 1993.  Space Warfare (later, Space Innovation and Development) Center, 7 Apr 2000-1 Apr 2013.  Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), 1 Oct 2016-.


Operational Components.   Squadrons.  1 Airborne Command and Control:  1 Oct 2016-.  17 Test: 7 Apr 2000-1 Apr 2013.    25 Space Control Tactics (later, 25 Space Range): 1 Jul 2004-14 Apr 2006.   527 Space Aggressor: 23 Oct 2002-.  576 Flight Test: 7 Apr 2000-1 Dec 2009.


Stations.  Vandenberg AFB, CA, 1 May 1970-14 Sep 1993.  Schriever AFB, CO, 7 Apr 2000-1 Apr 2013.   Offutt AFB, NE, 1 Oct 2016-.


Commanders.  Col Thomas K. O’Carroll, 1 May 1970; Col Hugh Wynne, Sep 1971; Lt Col Leon G. White Jr., May 1973; Col Mack E. Baker, Jun 1974; Col Jack L. Hyslop, Jul 1975; Col Bud T. Hall, Aug 1978; Col Dennis E. Beebe, Jan 1978; Col Edward L Heinz, Jul 1984; Col Willliam H. Anders, 1 Jul 1988; Unkn, 1 Oct 1990-14 Sep1993. Col Paul J. Burnett, 8 Jun 2000; Col Michael J. Carey, 20 Jun 2002; Col John E. Hyten, 1 Jul 2004; Col John S. Riordan, 6 Jul 2005; Col Steven Latchford, 16 Apr 2007; Col Shawn J. Barnes, 27 May 2009; Col Kevin M. Rhoades, 30 Jun 2011; Unkn, 14 Jun 2012-1 Apr 2013.  Col Robert L. Billings, 1 Oct 2016-.


Aircraft and Missiles.   Minuteman, 1970-1993; 2000-2001.  Peacekeeper, 1983-1989; 2000-2005.  Atlas, 1970-1990.  Titan, 1970-1993.  E-4B, 2016-.


Operations.  In early 1970s, conducted ground and flight tests of Minuteman Weapon System.  Launched and tested missile, space and aeronautical systems in support of Department of Defense (DOD) programs.  After the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger in Jan 1986, the space program was grounded for 34 months until the launch of Space Transportation System (STS)-26 in Sep 1988.  After 11 Sep 2001, examined vulnerabilities of US facilities at home and abroad.   Air Force’s Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities Program (AF TENCAP) migrated and transitioned national capabilities to warfighters.  Air Force Space Battlelab developed and field-tested capabilities to increase productivity of warfighters.  Aerospace Fusion Center supported space missile launches.  Supported Operation Iraqi Freedom through application of AF TENCAP and other space applications programs during 2003 and 2004.


Service Streamers.  None.


Campaign Streamers.  None.


Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.


Decorations.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Apr 1970-31 Mar 1971; 1 Apr 1971-31 Mar 1973; 15 Jan 1976-14 Jan 1978; 15 Jan 1978-30 Sep 1979; 1 Oct 1984-30 Sep 1986; 1 Jan 1990-30 Jun 1992; 2 Sep 2003-31 Aug 2004; 1 Sep 2004-31 Aug 2005; 1 Sep 2005-31 Aug 2006; 1 Sep 2006-31 Aug 2007; 1 Sep 2007-31 Aug 2008; 1 Sep 2008-31 Aug 2009; 1 Sep 2009-31 Aug 2010.  Air Force Organizational Excellence Award: 1 Aug 1999-31 Jul 2001; 1 Oct 2001-[31 Aug] 2002; 1 Sep 2002-1 Sep 2003.


Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 6 Feb 2017.


Commanders, Missiles, and Operations through 6 Feb 2017.


Supersedes statement prepared on 17 Apr 2006.


Emblem.  Approved on 5 Dec 2016.


Prepared by Carl E. Bailey.