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Col. Patricia Hoffman ( second from left), commander of the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla. and home to the US AWACS fleet, is shown exterior modifications to TS-3, an AWACS Test Bed during a June 11 tour at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Leading the tour is Jeanette Croppi, Air Vehicle Systems Engineering Integration Team manager (far left) accompanied by Col. Scott Forest, vice commander, 552nd Air Control Wing (second from right) and Rick Heerdt, Boeing director of Airborne Warning Systems. Photo courtesy of Jim Anderson. US AWACS commander tours Boeing Seattle Site
During a visit to Boeing in Seattle on June 11, Col. Patricia Hoffman, commander of the 552nd Air Control Wing, home of the US Air Force AWACS fleet, and her vice commander, Col. Scott Forest, received briefings on AWACS upgrades, network battle management and unmanned vehicle control from airborne platforms. Colonel Hoffman and Colonel Forest also
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Attendees of the EMACC spent the majority of their time at Tinker AFB listening to briefings and discussing issues in the Hill Conference Center. Photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Blacke. EMACC attracts worldwide audience
Commanders from around the world gathered at Tinker AFB June 16 and 17 for the Executive Multinational Airborne Early Warning Commanders' Conference (EMACC). The EMACC is an annual event where air force leaders from nations that operate AWACS or similar airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft get together to discuss ways to advance
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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" opened in theaters June 24. 552 ACW Airmen hit the big screen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
As the premier airborne command and control and battle management platform in the world, the 552nd Air Control Wing's E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) is frequently needed to support various missions around the world. One of these most recent missions was particularly exciting: helping Autobots fight off Decepticons in support of
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2009
Later this month, a crew from the 552nd Air Control Wing will take an E-3
Sentry up to Oregon to participate in Amalgam Dart '09, a major U.S.
Northern Command air defense exercise. The AWACS will provide all-weather
surveillance, command, control and communications needed by air defense
forces. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Kinder Blacke. 552nd flies northwest for joint exercise
A northwest Oregon National Guard base will host nearly 200 Soldiers and Airmen, and a U.S. Navy destroyer will patrol coastal waters while participating in a major U.S. Northern Command air defense exercise in mid-June. Exercise Amalgam Dart '09 will take place at Camp Rilea and nearby Warrenton, Ore June 18-20. It is one of several exercises
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The 552nd Air Control Wing's Canadian Component hockey team squared off against their fellow American Airmen in the first annual Can/Am Cup May 15. (Photo Courtesy of Mr. John Banks) Team USA rallies to beat Team Canada in inaugural Can Am Cup competition
The inaugural Can Am Cup was a rousing success. Both teams entered the contest filled with excitement, confidence and an anticipation of a great hockey game. The 300 fans in attendance weren't disappointed as Team USA rallied and took the 5-4 victory May 15 at the Blazers Ice Centre. Before the game, Team USA co-captain James Behn said the
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2009
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Lt. Col. Bryan Gates, 726th Air Control Squadron commander, walks to the lead vehicle in the convoy leaving Mountain Home Air Force Base for a week-long training exercise in Wendover, Utah, May 8. The 726th ACS tackles a wide-spread mission including enemy surveillance and identification, weapons control, joint and combined data-link connectivity, and battle management of offensive and defensive air activities. The squadron is made up of 27 different Air Force career fields, making it self-sustaining and able to deploy and fully operate without external support or help. (U.S. Air Force photo\Airman 1st Class Debbie Lockhart) 726th ACS trains in Utah
Lt. Col. Bryan Gates, 726th Air Control Squadron commander, walks to the lead vehicle in the convoy leaving Mountain Home Air Force Base for a week-long training exercise in Wendover, Utah, May 8. The 726th ACS tackles a wide-spread mission including enemy surveillance and identification, weapons control, joint and combined data-link connectivity,
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Army Capt. Lacey Johnson, collection manger, 1st BCT, 82nd (left); Air Force 1st Lt. Kurtis Kuschel, JSTARS liaison officer; Air Force Master Sgt. Ronnie Carter, JFIIT JSTARS subject matter expert; and Army Maj. Typhanie Montemayor, senior military intelligence company training mentor, JRTC discuss the BCT’s collection plan during JRTC rotation 09-06.  (Photo: Casey Bain, JFIIT, USJFCOM) JRTC and Green Flag East provide robust ISR training to prep 82nd BCT for deployment
The Army's Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and the Air Force's Green Flag East (GFE) integrated the largest number of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets to participate in a training rotation here to help hone the warfighting skills of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 82nd Airborne Division from Ft. Bragg, N.C.
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A picture of Port of Spain, Trinidad, taken from a helicopter at 2,000 feet. (US Air Force Photo courtesy of Capt. Jason Rooks) 552 ACW supports unique POTUS mission
Airmen from the 552nd Air Control Wing are accustomed to travelling to various parts of the world, but a recent mission in support of the President of the United States brought some unique opportunities (and challenges) to the crewmembers and support personnel onboard. The 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron was tasked to "provide 24-hour coverage
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2009
Members of the 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron install new storm windows on the Lamberts' home as part of the Rebuilding Together community service project. (US Air Force Photo courtesy of Airman First Class Taj V. Preciado) 552 ACNS helps vet rebuild
On Saturday, May 2, thirty Airmen and civilians from the 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron spent the day repairing and renovating the home of 22-year Army veteran, Eugene Lambert. The 552 ACNS worked with Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit organization that assists elderly and low income homeowners with maintaining a safe and healthy
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2009
The 728th Air Control Squadron is heading to Iraq once again in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. This is the squadron's sixth rotation to the AOR. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rachel Chapman) 728 ACS out the door again
The 728th Air Control Squadron says goodbye to friends and family once again as they head overseas for their sixth deployment rotation in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. More than 200 Airmen are headed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, for four months, while a handful of others are going to other locations in Southwest Asia, said Lt. Col. Robert
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