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Kaena Point Renaming Ceremony

Release Number: 010621

New Space Force Base Sign

U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, left, Space Operations Command commander, U.S. Air Force Maj. Brandon Hammond, Detachment 3, 21st Space Operations Squadron commander, and U.S. Space Force Col. James Smith, Peterson-Schriever Garrison commander, unveil the new sign after the installation’s renaming ceremony, June 16, 2021, at Ka’ena Point Space Force Station, Hawaii. Ka’ena Point was renamed to reflect its role in the Space Force, supporting more than 185 satellites performing mission operations around the globe and is the first of several garrison installations planning to do the same. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)


The Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station, home to one of eight remote satellite tracking stations in the Satellite Control Network, has been renamed to reflect its role in the U.S. Space Force.

Following a ceremony held June 16, the station is now known as Kaena Point Space Force Station. The station is located approximately 40 miles from Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.

“The renaming of this installation is more than just a ceremony, it is the assumption of a proud and priceless heritage and the beginning of a tradition,” said Maj. Brandon Hammond, commander of Detachment 3, 21st Space Operations Squadron.

Kaena Point is home to Detachment 3, 21st Space Operations Squadron, which has been operational for more than 60 years. Part of Space Delta 6 – Space Access & Cyberspace Operations, headquartered at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Detachment 3 is part of a crucial network of sites operating 24 hours per day, supporting more than 185 satellites performing mission operations around the world. Those missions include manned spaceflight, communications, reconnaissance, navigation, weather and ballistic missile early warning.

For more information about Delta 6, go to https://www.schriever.spaceforce.mil/Units/Space-DEL-6/.

For information about the 21st SOPS, go to https://www.schriever.spaceforce.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/275813/21st-space-operations-squadron/.

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