4 inch STRENGTH AND PREPAREDNESS 21st Space Wing Patch – Plastic Backing
The 21st Space Wing (21 SW) was the United States Space Force’s ground–based missile warning and space control wing. The 21st Space Wing was assigned to Space Operations Command and headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The 21st Space Wing controlled Peterson Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Thule Air Base, Clear Air Force Station, Cape Cod Air Force Station, and Cavalier Air Force Station. The 21st Space Wing was established in 1953 as the 21st Fighter-Bomber Wing, deploying to Europe to support NATO forces, before being inactivated in 1958. It reactivated in 1958 as the 21st Tactical Fighter Wing, executing air defense operations over Japan and deterring North Korea, being inactivated in 1960. It was reactivated in 1966 as the 21st Composite Wing, and in 1979 redesignated the 21st Tactical Fighter Wing, performing air defense, close air support, and a variety of other missions in Alaska, before being redesignated the 21st Wing and being inactivated in 1991. It was activated as a space wing on 15 May 1992, replacing the 1st Space Wing and 3rd Space Support Wing. The 21st Space Wing was inactivated on 24 July 2020 and replaced by the Peterson-Schriever Garrison, with the 21st Operations Group and its space domain awareness units forming Space Delta 2, the 721st Operations Group and its space electronic warfare units forming Space Delta 3, and its ground–based missile warning units combining with overhead persistent infrared units of the 460th Operations Group to form Space Delta 4.
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