GPS Advanced Control Squadron Standup
By Capt Steaven Meyer, SMC/GPS
/ Published May 05, 2008
Los Angeles Air Force Base -- On April 11, the Global Positioning Systems Wing stood up the new GPS Advanced Control Squadron. Lt. Col. Janet Grondin assumed command of the new squadron at the ceremony officiated by Vice Wing Commander Col. Don Wussler.
The Advanced Control Squadron's mission is to enable GPS effects-based operations for our nation's combat forces, civil partners, and domestic and international users. The squadron conducts this mission through execution of the GPS Advanced Control Segment program that acquires the systems, tools, and training necessary for AFSPC warriors to plan and control full spectrum precision position, navigation and timing (PNT) operations.
"By designating the OCX program a squadron, the Air Force recognizes the GPAS mission to enable GPS effects based operations is part of the overall Air Force "Fly, Fight, and Win" mission," said Grondin. "The team of military, civilians, Aerospace, MITRE, SETA, and SE&I contractors that make up the squadron are dedicated to the mission of enabling effects based operations through a new GPS ground segment - I am proud to lead this incredible group of dedicated Americans."
The GPS Wing awarded two $160M Phase A contracts in November 2007 to Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation and Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems. During the 18-month Phase A efforts, OCX contractors must complete System Requirements Review, Integrated Baseline Review, System Design Review, culminating in the demonstration of their Modernized Capability Engineering Model. The MCEM delivers M-code control capability and showcases the design and production processes planned for future OCX block deliveries. A down selection to a single OCX provider for the $2.7B effort is scheduled in May 2009.