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  • Conflicting groups work together to make great improvements through AFSO21

    Early this year, representatives from the 552nd Air Control Wing's maintenance and operations groups collaborated to reduce conflicts and maximize efficient use of the E-3 Sentry during a Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) sponsored by Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century (AFSO21). The RIE was conducted February 10 through 13 and aimed to
  • Island welcomes newest iguana

    The scene inside the hangar of the 429th Expeditionary Operations Squadron, outfitted with an oversized American flag, fire engines flanking each side of the stage and a gleaming E-3 AWACS, looked more like an airshow than a remote island expeditionary unit's base. Local dignitaries, military leaders, diplomats and deployed personnel from various
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • 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