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The New Boston Air Force Station, home to the 23d Space Operations Squadron, has been renamed to better reflect its role in the U.S. Space Force. Following a ceremony held July 12, 2021, it is now known as New Boston Space Force Station.

The New Boston Air Force Station, home to the 23d Space Operations Squadron, has been renamed to better reflect its role in the U.S. Space Force. Following a ceremony held July 12, 2021, it is now known as New Boston Space Force Station. (U.S. Space Force photo by Master Sgt. Kyle Duley)

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U.S. Space Force Col. Roy Rockwell, Space Delta 6 – Cyberspace Operations commander, speaks to attendees during the base renaming ceremony and the 23rd Space Operations Squadron change of command, July 12, 2021. New Boston Air Force Station was renamed to reflect its role in the U.S. Space Force. The 23rd SOPS operates and maintains a 2,826 acre installation and infrastructure worth more than $106 million. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Daniel Highlander (left) and U.S. Space Force Lt. Col David Zesinger pose with the newly unveiled New Boston Space Force Station installation sign. New Boston Air Force Station was renamed to New Boston Space Force Station during a base renaming and change of command ceremony, July 12, 2021. (U.S. Space Force photo by Master Sgt. Kyle Duley)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The New Boston Air Force Station, home to the 23d Space Operations Squadron, has been renamed to better reflect its role in the U.S. Space Force.

Following the renaming ceremony on July 12, 2021, it is now known as New Boston Space Force Station. The station is located approximately 10 miles west of Manchester, New Hampshire.

“This is an exciting and historic time to be part of the space mission,” said Master Sgt. Kyle Duley, 23d Space Operations Squadron superintendent. “The launch of the U.S. Space Force propels us into a new era, where the sky is no longer the limit, and New Boston Space Force Station is proud to be a part of that history and vital mission.” Col. Roy Rockwell, Space Delta 6 commander, presided over the ceremony.

A change of command was also held, during which USAF Lt. Col. Daniel Highlander relinquished command to USSF Lt. Col. David Zesinger. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition in which the subordinate members of the command witness the transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one officer to another. Col. Roy Rockwell, Space Delta 6 commander, presided over the change of command ceremony.

The 23d Space Operations Squadron has been operational for more than 60 years. Part of U.S. Space Force Delta 6 – Space Access & Cyberspace Operations, headquartered at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, the 23d SOPS is part of a crucial network of sites operating 24 hours per day, providing critical satellite command and control capability to more than 190 Department of Defense, national and civilian satellites performing intelligence, weather, navigation, early-warning and communications operations.

New Boston SFS is operated by the Peterson-Schriever Garrison in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which provides mission support to six installations and more than 18,000 military and civilian personnel, as well as numerous U.S. Space Force missions around the globe.

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