US AWACS commander tours Boeing Seattle Site

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.

Col. Patricia Hoffman ( second from left), commander of the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla., 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.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- 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 toured TS-3, an AWACS testbed, and an Australian Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft.