Space Operations Command

Space Operations Command

Space Operations Command, with headquarters at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, is one of three Field Commands reporting to Headquarters, US Space Force at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  

Space Operations Command protects America and our Allies in, from, and to space…now and into the future. As the first United States Space Force (USSF) Field Command Headquarters, HQ SpOC must generate, present, and sustain combat-ready intelligence, cyber, space, and combat support forces.

SpOC provides Space Domain Awareness; Space Electronic Warfare; Missile Warning,; Command and Control; Cyber Operations; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Position, Navigation and Timing; and Orbital Warfare capabilities to Space Force and to US Space Command and other Combatant Commands.

SpOC is responsible for operating installations at Buckley, Peterson, and Schriever Space Force Bases and at Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station in Colorado as well as a number of geographically-separated units across the US and overseas. SpOC units are made up of Space Force Guardians and Air Force Airmen, civilians and government contractor personnel.

On December 20, 2019, the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020, establishing the U.S. Space Force (USSF) as a new Armed Service within the Department of the Air Force (DAF). Subsequently, the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) re-designated Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) as USSF, re-designated 14th Air Force as the Space Operations Command (SpOC), and reassigned all personnel previously assigned to AFSPC to the USSF by virtue of these re-designations. These initial actions provided immediate structure for the USSF but were not intended to reflect the end-state of the new branch of Service.

Effective October 21, 2020, SECAF re-designated the former AFSPC staff organization at Peterson SFB as HQ SpOC. This re-designation aligned the Field Command responsibility for the preparation, generation, and sustainment of combat-ready intelligence, cyber, space and combat support forces to the staff and commander responsible for executing this mission.

Also effective October 21, 2020, the SECAF re-designated the current SpOC at Vandenberg SFB as the Space Operations Command West (SpOC West). SpOC West is responsible for executing space warfighting operations in support of Combatant Commanders, Coalition partners, the Joint Force, and the Nation. SpOC West also serves as the headquarters and staff of U.S. Space Command’s (USSPACECOM) Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC).

On August 13, 2021, Space Launch Delta 30 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California and Space Launch Delta 45 at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida, were realigned from Space Operations Command to Space Systems Command.