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First Lt. Sean Fazande is an air weapons officer with the 965th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. Here he is pictured with the main airframe, the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, that he flies on to do is job. Deployed from the 965th AACS at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., the lieutenant is a prior U.S. Navy aircraft mechanic who became an Air Force officer. The lieutenant's hometown is Destrehan, La.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Tinker air weapons officer, Destrehan native, supports airborne warning and control mission from Southwest Asia base
Every time 1st Lt. Sean Fazande steps into an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control plane, its distinctive radar disc on top and all, he thinks about how rare it is to be part of such a special mission.Deployed with the 965th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, the air weapons officer has been in the Air Force for three years after
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2010
Lt. Col. Gerard "Killer" Kolaski, air battle manager on an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., steps off an E-3 Sentry after completing his final combat mission Jan. 9, 2010, at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia.  Colonel Kolaski was retiring after a 28-year career in the Air Force and has nearly 70 combat missions in the E-3.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Killing them softly: E-3 Sentry air battle manager flies final combat mission in deployed theater
It's late-night on Jan. 9 and an E-3 Sentry comes into view to dozens of Airmen gathered on the flightline at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. After a 13.4-hour mission over the U.S. Central Command theater of operations performing surveillance of enemy forces, the tires of the airborne warning and control aircraft make contact with the
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2010
From their newly renovated Tinker home in Bldg. 285, members of the 752nd Operations Support Squadron prepare for a staff assistance visit to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Clockwise from front are; Tech Sgt. Wayne Kindrix, Senior Master Sgt. Marcus Jellerson, Capt. Richard Kelley, Master Sgt. Tim White, and Master Sgt. Robert Hipp. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) 752nd OSS settles in to new digs
The 752nd Operations Support Squadron is coming into its own. The 552nd Air Control Wing squadron, which stood up in May 2008, just moved into a new facility.Within its new home, Bldg. 285, the operations support squadron carries out its same mission of interfacing between the four geographically-separated air control squadrons. The other four
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2010
Col. George Carpenter (left), commander, 552nd Operations Group, applauds Lt. Col. David Evans (center) after he accepted command of the 552nd Training Squadron from Lt. Col. John Iwanski (right). US Air Force Photo / 1Lt Kinder Blacke 552 TRS accepts new leadership
Lieutenant Col. David F. Evans accepted command of the 552nd Training Squadron from Lieutenant Col. John J. Iwanski in an official ceremony October 15. Col. George Carpenter, commander, 552nd Operations Group, presided over the ceremony and applauded Colonel Iwanski for his "incredible leadership" as the squadron commander of "one of the most
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2009
Twelfth Air Force shield 12 AF welcomes back 552 ACW
As of Oct. 1, 2009, the 552nd Air Control Wing will receive administrative support from a different numbered Air Force. 12th Air Force, headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., will accept the responsibility of the wing from 8th Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. This is not the first time the 552 ACW has been supported by 12 AF.
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2009
TINKER AFB, Okla. -- Members of the 552nd Air Control Wing observe as Security Forces Airmen and emergency medical personnel respond to a staged drunk driving accident on base.  As part of the 552nd Air Control Wing’s Safety Day, the Junior Enlisted Council sponsored an enactment of a DUI car accident to help members of the wing internalize the grave consequences of driving under the influence. US Air Force Photo / 1st Lt. Kinder Blacke. DUI accident enactment has impact
As part of the 552nd Air Control Wing's Safety Day September 28, the Junior Enlisted Council sponsored an enactment of a DUI car accident to help members of the wing internalize the grave consequences of driving under the influence.Security Forces and local Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene as a real-world incident, giving the
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2009
Default Air Force Logo 966th AACS team wins Air Force-level award; presented by Air Force Chief of Staff
Ten captains made Tinker proud. Representing the 30-member 552nd Air Control Wing Formal Training Unit Distributed Training Team, the captains accepted an Air Force-level award from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C. The 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron team won the Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award and
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2009
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System from the 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron out of Tinker AFB, Okla., sits on the flightline Sept. 21 during Gunfighter Flag. The 963rd AWACS participated as friendly "blue air" forces during the exercise. Gunfighter Flag, which ran from Sept. 14 through 24, was Mountain Home's first ever large-scale, multi-national exercise which brought more than 450 personnel from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Canadian air force to Mountain Home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Debbie Lockhart) Gunfighter Flag wraps up
Gunfighter Flag wrapped up Sept. 24 in what the wing commander deemed a "grand slam." "We don't often have the opportunity to practice large-force employment on this scale," said Col. John Bird, 366th Fighter Wing commander. "What we did here over the last two weeks rivals what you see at Red Flag and Maple Flag." Gunfighter Flag is a
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2009
Representative Shane Jett reads the 30th Anniversary Canadian-American Partnership Proclamation during an official ceremony September 23. To his side are Col. Scott Forest, vice commander, 552 ACW, Maj. Gen. David Gillett, commander, OC-ALC, and Maj. Gen. Pierre Forgues, NORAD J3, Canadian Forces. Photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Kinder Blacke. Celebrating 30 years of CAN-AM Partnership
It was a festive occasion September 23, as two neighboring countries celebrated an important milestone in their relationship during the 30th Anniversary Canadian American Partnership Proclamation Ceremony. This year marks three decades of Canadian co-manning in the 552nd Air Control Wing. "Every day at Tinker Air Force Base, Canadian and American
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2009
Senior Airman Robert Sochor, 728th Air Control Squadron surveillance technician, receives a welcome home hug after returning from his first Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment with his unit Sept. 21. As one of the Air Force’s four unique Control and Reporting Centers, more than 150 members of the 728th ACS provided command and control of joint air operations using surveillance, identification, weapons control, battle management and theater data links while overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Andrew Caulk) Sixth OIF deployment complete, 728th home for now
More than 150 members of 728th Air Control Squadron, an associate unit here, returned from Southwest Asia Sept. 21, after supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom since May. "They provided persistent command and control to the joint service there, a 24/7 job," said Col. Scott Fischer, commander of the 552nd Air Control Group, Tinker AFB, Okla. Their
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