513th Maintenance Squadron welcomes new commander

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  • By Master Sgt. Lauren Kelly
  • 513th Air Control Group Public Affairs

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The 513th Maintenance Squadron change of command ceremony was held March 2, 2024, and Col. Alison Schorr, 513th Air Control Group deputy commander, presided over the ceremony.

Lt. Col. Carol Stanley relinquished command and Maj. Ashley Hewko took command of the 513th MXS.

The 513th Maintenance Squadron works in conjunction with the 552nd Air Control Wing and active-duty maintenance teams and is responsible for all intermediate-level aircraft and support equipment maintenance for the E-3 Sentry AWACS. 

The 513th Air Control Group’s mission is to provide theater and Air Force commanders with trained aircrews and maintenance personnel and systems for airborne surveillance, warning and control of U.S. and allied military aircraft.

The group was activated at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, in 1996, becoming the first Air Combat Command associate organization. The Air Force Reserve’s associate program merges Reserve units with active-duty units at Air Force bases throughout the United States. The program, which began in 1968, creates Reserve units that share joint use of active-duty aircraft and equipment for training and work directly with active-duty personnel.

Reservists fly the same missions, establish autonomous Reserve units and maintain the same professional standards as their active-duty counterparts. Associate unit aircrews fly daily on missions throughout the world. The flexibility of the associate program allows a Reserve aircrew member to fly as part of an active-duty crew or with an all-Reserve crew. Associate units also provide aircraft maintenance personnel to maintain the aircraft.

The 513th's subordinate units include the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron, the 513th Operations Support Squadron, the 513th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 513th Maintenance Squadron.