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17th Test Squadron

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Country  United States
Role  Test and Evaluation
Type  Test
Part of  Air Combat Command
17th Test Squadron
Active  1990-1992; 1995–present
Branch  United States Air Force

The 17th Test Squadron is a United States Air Force test and evaluation unit, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The squadron is tasked with testing and evaluating space systems and associated support equipment.



The mission of the 17th Test Squadron is to enhance the military utility of space power through the operational test and evaluation of space systems.

The official 17 TS Vision is Building a world-class Operational Test and Evaluation team that provides operationally-relevant, timely and unbiased assessments.


On 6 April 1990, at Peterson Air Force Base Colorado the 1017th Test and Evaluation Squadron was activated. The mission of the 1017th was to perform Air Staff-directed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) and Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) of Air Force Space Command space surveillance, missile warning, and command and control systems. The Squadron oversaw two operating locations at Falcon Air Force Base and Buckley Air National Guard Base. The unit inactivated on 15 October 1992.

On 12 July 1995, the unit reactivated as the 17th Test Squadron. Operating Location A was activated at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado.

The stand-up ceremony was held on Friday, 21 July 1996, in the Presentation Center of the Joint National Test Facility at 1300. The special guests included Col Burkhart, the 50th Space Wing (50 SW) Vice Commander; Col Deese, the AFSPC Comptroller; Col Kingsberry, from the AFSPC Division of Space Control; Col Mercier, Commander of Detachment 4 of the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center; and Col Springer, from AFSPC Division of Training and Standardization. After the reading of the activation orders, the 17 TS guidon was unsheathed, symbolizing the creation of a new USAF squadron. Then the guidon was passed to Col Howard J. Fry, the Commander of the Space Warfare Center and the Presiding Officer for the stand-up. Colonel Fry passed the guidon to Lt Col Carl Cox, the first Commander of the 17 TS, signifying the passing of all legal and operational responsibilities. At the formation of the squadron, manning was at just over ten people.

As of 1 April 2013 the 17th Test Squadron was transferred to Air Combat Command under the 53rd Wing, located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, which serves as the focal point for the Combat Air Forces in electronic warfare, armament and avionics, chemical defense, reconnaissance, and aircrew training devices. The wing reports to the Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, a Direct Reporting Unit of Headquarters Air Combat Command. The wing is also responsible for operational testing and evaluation of new equipment and systems proposed for use by these forces.


  • Designated as the 1017th Test and Evaluation Squadron and activated on 6 April 1990
  • Inactivated on 15 October 1992
  • Redesignated 17th Test Squadron on 30 June 1995
  • Activated on 21 July 1995
  • Assignments

  • Air Force Space Command, 6 April 1990 – 15 October 1992
  • Space Warfare Center, 21 July 1995
  • 595th Test and Evaluation Group (later 595th Space Group), 7 April 2000
  • 53rd Test Management Group, 1 April 2013 – present
  • Components

  • Detachment 1:
  • Detachment 2: Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado
  • Detachment 3: Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
  • Operating Location A: Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Stations

  • Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, 6 April 1990 – 15 October 1992
  • Falcon Air Force Base (later Schriever Air Force Base), Colorado, 21 July 1995 – present
  • References

    17th Test Squadron Wikipedia

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