After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the 50th Space Wing supported Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NOBLE EAGLE in the Global War on Terror. On March 20, 2003, U.S. forces initiated Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, leading a coalition of allied military units to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from power and arrest him. The 50th Space Wing played a key role. Crews of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron developed new techniques for enhancing GPS accuracy over the Iraqi theater of operations and flew more than 1,000 satellite sorties between March 20 and April 10. Satellite crews of the 3rd and 4th Space Operations Squadrons maximized satellite communications coverage of the theater, while 1st Space Operations Squadron set a record, placing a GPS satellite in orbit and completing all early on-orbit checkout activities in only 11 days, while also flying 100 Defense Support Program satellite sorties and 300 GPS sorties in the first 20 days of combat. The 4th SOPS's Defense Satellite Communications System Phase III satellites provided 80 percent of in-theater bandwidth. Meanwhile, the 4th SOPS dedicated 85 percent of MILSTAR communications capability to the war effort, flying 14,000 sorties in the first 20 days of operations.. The 50th Space Wing is a wing of the United States Air Force under the major command of Air Force Space Command. It was activated on 30 January 1992, replacing the 2nd Space Wing, which was inactivated on the same date.. The 50th Space Wing (50 SW) is a wing of the United States Air Force under the major command of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). It was activated on 30 January 1992, replacing the 2nd Space Wing, which was inactivated on the same date. The unit is the host wing at Schriever Air Force Base.