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625th Strategic Operations Squadron

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Mission
Execute and support global strike through continuous, rapid, accurate and survivable nuclear operations

Mission Description
The 625th Strategic Operations Squadron (STOS) consists of five unique flights that serve critical roles in the squadron’s mission: Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS), ALCS Training and Evaluation Flight, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Targeting, 625 Tests and Analysis, and 625 STOS Systems.

The Airborne Launch Control System operations flight provides combat forces for the United States Strategic Command Airborne Command Post (ABNCP) on board the Navy’s E-6B Mercury aircraft. Flying as integral members of the battle staff, the ALCS crew, using on-board equipment, provides a survivable means to launch the Nation’s ICBM force. Additionally, members provide intelligence for the on-board Airborne Emergency Actions Officer (AEAO).

The Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS) Training and Evaluation flight (DOT) trains and supports airborne missileers who operate the ALCS onboard the USSTRATCOM Airborne Command Post (ABNCP). The ALCS is an integral part of the Minuteman III ICBM weapon system and provides a survivable means to launch the nation's ICBM force.

The 625 STOS Test & Analysis flight (DOX) is a critical warfighting team that plan and execute flight safety zones and optimum weapon system launch tracks for the Airborne Launch Control System onboard the United States Navy E6-B aircraft. They are essential in overseeing flight performance analysis and capability assessments of US and foreign ballistic missile weapon systems. Additionally, DOX is designated as the airborne test conductor for ICBM force development evaluation missions in which they lead, plan, and coordinate airborne launch control system test missions with USSTRATCOM, AFGSC, US Navy, and other national agencies.

The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Targeting flight, working closely with USSTRATCOM and 20 AF, maintains current and accurate targeting for the Nation’s fleet of 450 ICBMs. Additionally, they produce targeting and range safety analysis for all
ICBM test launches, and support Air Force Global Strike Command software
tests. Finally, they develop, document, verify, and maintain all targeting software
programs and operating procedures required for daily ICBM alert operations.

The 625 STOS Systems Flight (DOS) develops, documents, verifies and maintains the operational readiness for ICBM targeting software programs and operating procedures required for daily MMIII ICBM targeting operations. DOS directly supports the Targeting Flight (DOM) and the Test and Analysis flight (DOX) through software development, programs operations, and network sustainment.

Vision
A team of nuclear professionals delivering unique combat capabilities for global strike.

Motto
SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM - "If you wish for peace, prepare for war"

Unit History
Activated on 15 April 1996, the 625 Missile Operations Flight was the product of a number of organizational changes within the ICBM community subsequent to the end of the Cold War. Reporting directly to Twentieth Air Force, the squadron’s missions was to deploy ICBM targeting, train Airborne Launch Control System crews, and ensure operational capability of strategic communications networks (SACCS) between operational field units and national leadership. The squadron also analyzed foreign ballistic missiles and provided threat information to the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, in addition to flying as integral members of the USSTRATOCM battle staff. The unit was re-designated the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron (STOS) on 14 June 2007 and reassigned from under Air Force Space Command to Air Force Global Strike Command on 1 December 2009. On 1 October 2016, the unit was realigned under the 595th Command and Control Group (C2G). While the 625 STOS continues to provide the same critical targeting and ALCS capability for our national defense, the SACCS mission was realigned under the newly stood-up 595th Strategic Communications Squadron.

Emblem Significance
The blue background represents sky, constancy, devotion, loyalty, and thought that contribute to the defense of the nation. The dark sky-blue field represents the atmospheric operating medium while the ultramarine/reflex-blue field represents the space operating medium. The red represent boldness, hardiness, liberty, patriotism, strength, and valor in unit character. The white represents the maturity and perfection demanded to accomplish every mission. Finally, the gold represents the 625 STOS’ combined heritage from both 8th and 20th Air Forces, Air Force Global Strike Command and United States Strategic Command.

The three red and gold lines with red arrow heads symbolize the squadron’s commitment to the ever vigilant forces at three missile wings: F.E. Warren, Malmstrom and Minot AFBs. The three white stars represent the squadron’s three primary contributions to nuclear deterrence: Survivability, provided by an airborne platform, the force multiplying capability proven through rigorous tests and evaluations, and the pristine re-targeting verified and provided to on-alert ICBMs.