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Space Delta 12 recognition ceremony

Commander gives speech during a ceremony

U.S. Space Force Col. Peter Flores, Space Delta 12 – Test and Evaluation commander, gives a speech at the DEL 12 squadron activation and realignment ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, two squadrons were redesignated and three squadrons were activated and aligned under DEL 12. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Service members stand at attention during ceremony

U.S. Space Force Col. Peter Flores, Space Delta 12 – Test and Evaluation commander, left, U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Anna Gunn-Golkin, DEL 12, 3rd Test and Evaluation Squadron commander, middle, and U.S. Space Force Chief Master Sgt. Charles Apodaca, DEL 12 senior enlisted leader, right, stand at attention during the redesignation and realignment of the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron to the 3rd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 27, 2021. The 3rd TES is responsible for independent testing of U.S. Space Force orbital warfare mission area capabilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Commander unfurls old squadron flag during ceremony

U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Christopher McLeod, Space Delta 12 – Test and Evaluation, 17th Test and Evaluation Squadron commander, ceremoniously furls the 17th Test Squadron flag during the redesignation and realignment of the 17th TS to the 17th TES at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 27, 2021. The 17th TES is responsible for independent testing of U.S. Space Force spectrum mission area capabilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Commander hands off guidon during assumption of command ceremony

U.S. Space Force Col. Peter Flores, Space Delta 12 – Test and Evaluation commander, left, passes the guidon to U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Ross Conrad, DEL 12, 1st Test and Evaluation Squadron commander, during the assumption of command ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 27, 2021. The 1st TES is responsible for independent testing of USSF command and control mission area capabilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Commander hands off guidon during assumption of command ceremony

U.S. Space Force Col. Peter Flores, Space Delta 12 – Test and Evaluation commander, left, passes the guidon to U.S. Space Force Col. Ryan Caulk, DEL 12, 4th Test and Evaluation Squadron commander, during the assumption of command ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 27, 2021. The squadron is charged with testing Space Force spectrum mission area capabilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

Commander unfurling new squadron flag

U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Jonathon R. Noonan, Space Delta 12 – Test and Evaluation, 12th Delta Operations Squadron commander, unfurls the new squadron flag during the DEL 12 squadron activation and realignment ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 27, 2021. The squadron is charged with leading the Delta staff and efficiently managing cross-functioning processes across the entire Delta. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Castillo)

PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Space Delta 12, the U.S. Space Force’s Test and Evaluation delta, held a squadron activation and redesignation recognition ceremony Aug. 27, 2021, at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.

Delta 12 is part of the newest U.S. Space Force field command, Space Training and Readiness Command, and was activated Aug. 23, 2021, at Peterson SFB.

During the ceremony, Col. Peter Flores, Delta 12’s inaugural commander, activated and redesignated its five squadrons.

Flores is the former director of Space and Cyber Operations, Combined Force Space Component Command/Fourteenth Air Force at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, and more recently the commander of Space Training and Readiness Delta (Provisional), at Peterson SFB.

As space capabilities have evolved over the decades, so has the need to have a military service focused on the space domain.

The Delta 12 mission is to prepare USSF Guardians to prevail in a contested, degraded, and operationally limited environment through the independent test and evaluation of Space Force capabilities, and delivery of timely, accurate, and expert information in support of weapon system acquisition, operational acceptance, and readiness decisions.

The delta currently comprises more than 300 Guardians and Airmen at five different squadrons, including the 1st Test and Evaluation Squadron responsible for independent testing of USSF operational-level command and control technologies; 3rd TES responsible for independent testing of USSF orbital warfare technologies; 4th TES responsible for independent testing of USSF electromagnetic spectrum technologies; 17th TES which is responsible for independent testing of USSF missile warning and space domain awareness technologies; and the 12th Delta Operations Squadron which provides the crucial support structure through which the delta commander executes assigned missions.

Space Delta 12 and its squadrons are temporarily housed at Schriever and Peterson SFB until the Department of the Air Force’s Strategic Basing Process is completed and approved by the Secretary of the Air Force.

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