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Reserve Space Range Squadron conducts Deployment Field Training Exercise

Maj. Dominic Perry, 379th Space Range Squadron, is Range Controlling during his first shift of Space Range Operations during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise, Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Maj. Dominic Perry, 379th Space Range Squadron, is Range Controlling during his first shift of Space Range Operations during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise, Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Master Sgt. Nathon Wheat, 379th Space Range Squadron, shifts focus from the Quadband Large Aperture Antenna to prepare a Video-Teleconference with those on telework status during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise, Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Master Sgt. Nathon Wheat, 379th Space Range Squadron, shifts focus from the Quadband Large Aperture Antenna to prepare a Video-Teleconference with those on telework status during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise, Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Lt. Col. Elizabeth Paget, 379th Space Range Squadron commander, shares remarks alongside Col. Sean Carpenter, 926th Wing commander, on the morning of Sept. 11, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. The group took a tactical pause during 379th SRS Field Training Exercise in observance of the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Lt. Col. Elizabeth Paget, 379th Space Range Squadron commander, shares remarks alongside Col. Sean Carpenter, 926th Wing commander, on the morning of Sept. 11, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. The group took a tactical pause during 379th SRS Field Training Exercise in observance of the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Staff Sgt. Shaun Gutierrez, 379th Space Range Squadron, calibrates the Spectrum Analyzer during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise, Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Staff Sgt. Shaun Gutierrez, 379th Space Range Squadron, calibrates the Spectrum Analyzer during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise, Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Wood, 379th Space Range Squadron, checks physical connections to the modem on the Ground Multiband Terminal case while Master Sgt. Matthew Cleveland, 379th SRS, verifies the fix action prior to operations during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Wood, 379th Space Range Squadron, checks physical connections to the modem on the Ground Multiband Terminal case while Master Sgt. Matthew Cleveland, 379th SRS, verifies the fix action prior to operations during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

The 379th Space Range Squadron poses in front of their deployable mission equipment during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise, Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. Despite obstacles, this event marked the 379th SRS’s first major training exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jordan Wind)

The 379th Space Range Squadron poses in front of their deployable mission equipment during the 379th SRS Field Training Exercise, Sept. 10-13, 2020, at the United States Air Force Academy's Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Colorado. Despite obstacles, this event marked the 379th SRS’s first major training exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jordan Wind)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Recently, the 379th Space Range Squadron conducted a Field Training Exercise during the Unit Training Assembly Sept. 10-13, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

The purpose of the exercise was to test the Space Test and Training Range’s ability to conduct Space Range Operations in a simulated deployed environment by coordinating the Total Force team effectively throughout the planning, movement, and operations processes to ensure mission success.

“The 926 Wing leadership team was proud to witness our Airmen in action,” said Col. Sean Carpenter, 926th Wing commander, who visited the 926th Wing’s Geographically Separated Unit for the FTX.

Initial planning began over 12 months ago, with the originally scheduled exercise in May being postponed due to COVID-19.

The initial planning required utilizing the squadron’s engineers to develop network and Radio Frequency signal plans, while the squadron’s Mission Assurance personnel requested, inspected, and prepared the equipment for deployment.

Once ready, the equipment was packed and palletized for shipment to the training location, where the 379th worked together with contracted logisticians to line-haul the equipment quickly to the exercise location.

Once on site, the equipment was quickly downloaded by fork lift, assembled with all available manpower, calibrated, and configured for the range controllers.

The operators where then able to apply their training to operate the satellite terminals, monitor the signal environment, and manage the Space Range operations during the exercise.

Despite the unique challenges presented by the current environment, the STTR deliberately mitigated risks and succeeded in executing this culminating event that that required coordination with active-duty counterparts from the 25th Space Range Squadron, civilian contractors, and its own traditional reservist members.

“It was inspiring to see our reservists overcome the challenges of COVID-19 to safely and effectively exercise the unit’s mission surge capacity in a remote location and accomplish critical training requirements to maintain currency while partnering with a fellow Reserve unit, the 26th Space Aggressor Squadron, to efficiently use our allocated resources,” said Carpenter.

The FTX was effective in training the STTR’s members, validating its crews, and testing its capabilities in a deployed environment.

The 379th SRS is a tenant and Reserve associate unit to the 25th SRS, which falls under STAR Delta (Provisional) of the United States Space Force.

Both units maintain and operate the nation's only STTR, providing Department of Defense customers a safe and secure environment for space systems testing, training and exercise activities.