Front Page: Space Force Reveals Which Army And Navy Units Are Moving To The Space Branch

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by Sandra Erwin — September 21, 2021
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A total of 11 Army and four Navy organizations are transferring to the Space Force

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. U.S. Army units and Navy units operating communications satellites will be realigned under U.S. Space Force. Chief of space operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond stated Sept. 21.

The transfers were approved earlier this year when the Pentagon submitted its budget request for fiscal year 2022. Raymond gave additional information about the units being transferred during a keynote speech to the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber conference.

A total of 11 Army and four Navy organizations will transfer. These units employ 319 military and 259 civilian personnel. Space Force members can choose to transfer, but they are not required to join the Army or Navy. Raymond stated that more people have applied to transfer than are available slots.

“These transfers will increase efficiency and improve the readiness” of satellite communications operations, Raymond said.

Satellite-based communications functions performed by these units are closely aligned with corresponding units in the U.S. Space Force and regularly operate together, he said. “Transferring these units and functions to the Space Force enhances unity of effort and mission effectives in the satellite communications mission area.”

Transitioning from the Army are two units that currently are part of the Army’s satellite operations brigade: The 53rd Signal Battalion and the SATCOM Directorate. The 53rd Signal Battalion is the only U.S. military unit that controls the payloads of the military’s Wideband Global Satcom and DSCS communication constellations. The Navy is transferring units that operate the Mobile User Objective System and Ultra-High Frequency follow-on satellites.

Army units transferring to Space Force:

53rd Signal Battalion Headquarters, Peterson Space Force Base, Colo.
53rd Signal Battalion Detachment A, Fort Detrick, Md.
53rd Signal Battalion Detachment B, Fort Meade, Md.
53rd Signal Battalion Detachment C, Landstuhl, Germany
53rd Signal Battalion Detachment D, Wahiawa, Hawaii.
53rd Signal Battalion Detachment E, Fort Buckner, Japan
Combined Satcom Support Expert Office, Peterson Space Force Base, Colo.
Regional Satcom Support Center-East, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
Regional Satcom Support Center-West, Peterson Space Force Base, Colo.
Regional Satcom Support Center-Europe, Stuttgart, Germany
Regional Satcom Support Center-Pacific, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii
Navy units transferring to Space Force:

Navy Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), Point Mugu, Calif.

NAVSOC Detachment A, Prospect Harbor, Maine
NAVSOC Detachment C, Finegayan, Guam
NAVSOC Detachment D, Schriever Space Force Base, Colo.

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