U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade


On May 1, 2019, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command reorganized its elements to form Task Force Eagle. In October the Task Force was re-designated as the U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade. The brigade consolidates all assigned SATCOM missions under a new major subordinate element to align for efficient command and control up to the joint force commander level to include U.S. Space Command through the Combined Forces Space Component Command, the operational supported commander for space.

This reorganization improves effectiveness, efficiency and oversight while reducing redundancy and bureaucracy within the SATCOM enterprise. It ensures seamless military SATCOM support globally through continuous 24/7/ 365 operations at five Wideband SATCOM Operations Centers and four Regional SATCOM Support Centers to all elements of the Department of Defense, U.S. government agencies and U.S. allies and partners, providing unity of command and establishing a single unit responding to the needs of the warfighter.

As the Army’s only Satellite Operations Brigade, it is composed of active and reserve component Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and Australian military and civilian employees. The brigade has globally stationed forces within the U.S. Northern Command, U.S. European Command and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command areas of responsibility, but support every combatant command and nine Wideband Global Satellite partners (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia and Norway).

Subordinate organizations include the 53rd Signal Battalion (Satellite Control), formerly assigned to 1st Space Brigade, and the SATCOM Directorate, formerly a part of the USASMDC G-6 staff.

 


53RD SIGNAL BATTALION

 

53rd Signal Battalion
 

The 53rd Signal Battalion (Satellite Control) is the oldest operational battalion in the U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade. It is the only unit in the Department of Defense that conducts payload and transmission control of both the Defense Satellite Communications System and the Wideband Global Satellite communication constellations.

The battalion’s management of these constellations provides assured communications connectivity for mission-critical subscribers ranging from the president of the United States, DOD, interagency and international partners all engaged in conducting global operations.

Soldiers of this globally dispersed battalion accomplish their vital missions from Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Centers located at Fort Detrick and Fort Meade, Maryland; Landstuhl, Germany; Wahiawa, Hawaii; Fort Buckner, Okinawa, Japan; and SATCON headquarters at Fort Carson, Colorado.

     

 

 


SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORATE

 

Satellite Communications Directorate
 

The SATCOM Directorate executes U.S. Space Command’s assigned Consolidated SATCOM System Expert, or C-SSE, mission for both wideband and narrowband SATCOM systems and maintains 24/7 watch officer support. The wideband C-SSE operationally manages the payloads on the WGS and Defense SATCOM systems and the Global Broadcast Service, which is a broadband service carried over the WGS. The narrowband C-SSE operationally manages the payloads on the last remaining Fleet SATCOM systems satellite, the Ultra High Frequency Follow-On and the Mobile User Objective System.

The SATCOM Directorate manages the four RSSCs, and executes the wideband and narrowband SATCOM international partner agreements that DOD has with international and coalition partners. The SATCOM Directorate manages three Memoranda of Understanding valued at more than $2 billion and 20 other international SATCOM exchange arrangements across 11 international partners.

 

 

 

Col. Tonri Brown, U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade commander 
Commander
Col. Tonri Brown

 
CSM Christopher Mann, U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade command sergeant major
Command Sergeant Major
SGM Christopher Mann

MISSION

The U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade executes continuous tactical, operational and strategic satellite communications payload management through its Wideband and Narrowband Consolidated SATCOM Systems Experts, Wideband SATCOM Operations Centers, Regional SATCOM Support Centers and an Electromagnetic Interference mitigation detachment across the full spectrum of operations in support of combatant commands, services, U.S. government agencies and international partners.