by Senior Airman Rose Gudex
21st Space Wing Public Affairs
12/16/2015 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The
21st Operations Group activated Detachment 4 during an assumption of
command ceremony Dec. 8 at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
Col. Troy Endicott, 21st Operations Group commander, presided over the
ceremony while Capt. Jonathan Brydie, 21st OG Det. 4 commander, assumed
command of the new detachment.
"This is a historical milestone for the 21st OG," Endicott said. "What
we train and operate at Beale Air Force Base is critical to the defense
of our nation and allies. This detachment allows us to strengthen
mission excellence by partnering our training assets with space
Each geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing and 21st OG
requires Airmen to be knowledgeable on the operation of sophisticated
equipment. Since the roles and responsibilities of the Air Education and
Training Command to provide initial qualification training to each unit
have changed, units are now responsible for providing training on their
"The mission of the detachment is to train Airmen and our allies on
Upgraded Early Warning Radar fundamentals," Brydie said. "In order for
the mission to happen at other locations, we need to make sure the
Airmen and allies are tactically trained and knowledgeable on the
"Putting the detachment next to our operations within the 21st OG will
allow us to go faster and posture ourselves for today's and tomorrow's
challenges in the space domain," Endicott said.
The 21st OG manages all operation units in the 21st SW. Located in 13
different time zones; the wing's operations cover the entire world.
The 21st OG is assigned to the 21st SW, Peterson AFB, Colo. and includes
active duty U.S and Canadian Air Forces and Department of Defense
civilians. As Air Force Space Command's largest and most geographically
separated operations group, its mission is to command and control
missile warning and space control units while providing real-time
missile warning, attack assessments and space control around the globe.