The Tactical Space Tiger Team: Past, Current and Future
ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND/ARMY FORCES STRATEGIC COMMAND HUNTSVILLE AL
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Since 2004, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense CommandU.S. Army Forces Strategic Command SMDCARSTRAT has had the responsibility to train, field, equip and sustain the Space Support Elements of the Modular Divisions. In response to Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Peter Schoomakers decision to begin transformation to Modular Divisions earlier than originally planned, SMDCARSTRAT formed the Space Support Element Tiger Team in March 2004 from elements of the Future Warfare Center Directorate of Combat Developments and the Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab - West. First led by LTC Richard Dow, the Space Support Element Tiger Team fielded Space Support Enhancement Toolsets SSETs to four Active Component Divisions, trained four Active Component Space Support Elements, and trained the element leader for the 35th Infantry Division Kansas Army National Guard. In March 2006, the Space Support Element Tiger Team evolved into the Tactical Space Tiger Team, and it has sought to improve and diversify Tactical Space training opportunities and open them not only to the Space Support Elements and Corps Space Operations Officers, but to the Army Space Support Teams and other formations organic to SMDCARSTRAT as well. In the future, the Tactical Space Tiger Team looks to take on many of the roles of a Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC Systems Manager for Tactical Space in other words, it will encompass and represent the Army Space Forces that include Army Space Support Teams, Commercial Exploitation Teams, Fires Brigade Space Operations Officers, and Space Support Elements at Division, Corps and Army Headquarters. Assuming the Army Campaign Plan remains on schedule, the Tactical Space Tiger Team can anticipate fielding a total of 81 Tactical Space elements and teams, by the end of Fiscal Year 2009. This includes thirteen Space Operations Officers at Active Component and National Guard Fires Brigades.
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