Beale AFB 7th Space Warning Squadron

Beale AFB 7th Space Warning Squadron poster art.

The 7th Space Warning Squadron (7 SWS) is part of the 21st Space Wing at Beale Air Force Base, California. It operates the Upgraded Early Warning Radar(UEWR), formerly known as PAVE PAWS, supporting US Strategic Command with Missile Warning, Missile Defense, and Space Surveillance. 

The 7th SWS is primarily responsible for detecting submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) fired in the Pacific Ocean. The unit then determines how many missiles in flight, probable destination, and reports to the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s missile warning center, Cheyenne Mountain AFS; United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base; and National Command Authority. This unit helps form a two-layered, worldwide network of missile warning systems that also detects ICBMs launched toward North America. 

The 7th SWS‘s corollary mission of Missile Defense supports the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. This program’s objective is the defense of the United States against a threat of a limited strategic ballistic missile attack. In addition, the squadron helps track earth-orbiting satellites, and reports the information to the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Lompoc, California.

Beale Air Force Base is in the middle of everywhere, between Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Yosemite, and the Red Woods. Beale Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located approximately 8 miles (13 km) east of Marysville, California.


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Location: San Antonio, TX
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