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Hawai’i Civil Air Patrol recognizes 53d Space Operations Squadron, Detachment Delta.

February 10, 2023

Hawai’i Civil Air Patrol recognizes 53d Space Operations Squadron, Detachment Delta.

(Wahiawa, Hawai’i) – Col. Stacy Haruguchi, Hawai’i Wing Civil Air Patrol commander, presented the 53d Space Operations Squadron, Detachment Delta, and their volunteer members with a certificate of appreciation for their support in educating and partnering with the Hawaii Wing CAP cadets and senior members, offering a look into their operations at their Wahiawa facility, Jan 14, 2023.

“It is a great honor for the members of Detachment Delta to be recognized by the Hawai’i Wing of Civil Air Patrol,” stated U.S. Space Force Capt. Nathaniel Shannon, Det. Delta commander Showcasing the vital mission that our Guardians perform day and night is essential to spreading public awareness of the U.S. Space Force and inspiring the next generation to serve in the warfighting domain of space.”

They were sharing operation support with, thus far, 90 Hawai’i Wing members, the 53 SOPS, Det. Delta provides a rewarding experience, giving cadets a Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite to build, touring their facilities, and sharing information about their operations. 53 SOPS, a unit of the sixth military branch and assigned to Space Delta 8, is responsible for managing transmission and payload functions of the WGS and Defense Satellite Communications System constellations, ensuring seamless mission command and connectivity for critical subscribers ranging from the president of the United States, national agencies, and international partners to warfighters across the globe.

Col. Haruguchi said, “The Hawai’i Wing is truly fortunate to have Space Force Guardians willing to sacrifice their weekends to teach our senior and cadet members about America’s newest branch of the U.S. military. We look forward to continued projects with them to advance space capabilities.”   

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