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625th Strategic Operations Squadron

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Active  1996-Present
Type  Strategic Operations
Country  United States
625th Strategic Operations Squadron
Branch  United States Air Force
Role  Nuclear Targeting, Strategic Automated Command and Control, Airborne Launch Control Systems, Missile Analysis
Part of  20 AF/Global Strike Command

The mission of the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron (625 STOS) is to find, analyze, and evaluate strategic nuclear targets for U.S. nuclear forces inside OPLAN 8044, formerly known as the SIOP.



Three mission areas are encompassed by subordinate flights:

  • Strategic Automated Command & Control System flight - distributing emergency action messages to the warfighter (Tell ICBM combat crews when to "execute")
  • Weapons & Tactics Flight - Targeting for ICBMs (Tell the missiles where to hit)
  • Airborne Launch Control System Flight - provide training and crewmembers for two positions on board E-6B Mercury Airborne Launch Control System (Launch the missiles, if combat crews are unable)
  • History

    The 625 STOS was previously designated 625th Missile Operations Flight (625 MOF).

    625 MOF's mission was to verify missile targeting, trains airborne launch control system crews and ensures strategic communications networks between the launch control centers and national leadership are operating.

    The squadron transferred to the Air Force Global Strike Command upon the unit's activation.

    Emblem significance

    Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The mission element symbolizes three mission areas and flights (Airborne Launch Control System flight, Strategic Automated Command and Control Systems Flight). The world globe represents the unit's global spanning missions. The stars represent the unit's commitment to the ever vigilant forces at three missile wings located at Malmstrom AFB, Minot AFB, and FE Warren AFB.

    Previous designations

  • 625th Strategic Operations Squadron (14 June 2007–Present)
  • 625th Missile Operations Flight (1 April 1996 – 14 June 2007)
  • Bases stationed

  • Offutt AFB, Nebraska (15 April 1996–Present)
  • Aircraft & Missiles Operated

  • E-6B (2007–Present)
  • LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBMs
  • Decorations

  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • 1 October 2001 – 30 September 2003
  • 1 October 1999 – 30 September 2001
  • 1 October 1995 – 30 September 1997
  • References

    625th Strategic Operations Squadron Wikipedia

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