U.S.

July 12, 2012

ACOMS links U.S. Air Force to South America

Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle
12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs

12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) mission is to support U.S. national security interests, and with our partner-nations, foster security, stability, and prosperity in the Americas. The 612th Air Communications Squadron plays a vital role of ensuring this mission is met.

The 612th ACOMS has two primary missions in support of Air Forces Southern, to deploy communications capabilities to the area of responsibility and to make sure the Combined Air and Space Operation Center is up and running, which is by no means an easy fete.

The Airmen in ACOMS are trained with hands-on experience, as well as training facilities, where they are able to simulate situations they may come across when they deploy. The training facility is to help prepare the Airmen at home, before they go to their deployed location.

“We’re fortunate here to have two CAOC training facilities that we can train on the live systems before we deploy,” said Master Sgt. Richard Edwards, 612th ACOMS flight chief of CAOC C2 systems. “That way when we go downrange we know how to do our jobs because we practice hands-on for so long.”

As part of readiness, members of the Air Communications Squadron train on a regular basis. They are able to get hands-on experience during exercises that are conducted on a large scale to prepare Airmen for anything that might come their way in a U.S. Southern Command AOR.

“We work with operators in their training missions,” said Staff Sgt. Russell Cihal, 612th ACOMS deployable radio and data links systems supervisor. “We work with exercises such as Combat Search and Rescue and Angel Thunder, relaying information back to the CAOC. Any exercise that will train on something we might be involved in, we join in. We like doing our job because we get such a broad range of training so we know what we are doing when it really counts.”

Airmen from ACOMS are able to provide communication with the people who have the eyes and ears, as well as the oversight in situations in the AOR. They are able to get the constant stream of data back and forth from the men and women on the ground to higher headquarters.

“Our mission is important downrange because it keeps a stable environment in South and Central America,” said Airman 1st Class Christopher Brazelton, 612th ACOMS RF transmission systems. “It’s important in preventing things from happening on our borders, such as drug trafficking. I like the fact that we’re able to build partnerships with other countries and in return it keeps us safe at home.”

When Airmen go to South America, they don’t just do their jobs. They have great experiences in another country, as well as meeting new people and building partnerships with foreign nationals.

The Department of Defense is committed to assisting in the development of partner countries’ capabilities to address regional security and stability challenges. SOUTHCOM is committed to building and sustaining enduring partnerships.

“In Barbados, in support of Exercise Trade Winds, we were able to work with Marines, Soldiers, and Caribbean nations to share our knowledge of how each service gets the job done,” said Staff Sgt. Nathanael Guy, 612th ACOMS networks supervisor. “For me, it was very fulfilling to know that we were able to work together toward the common goal of helping out another nation with problems. It was a great opportunity to work with our brothers and sisters in uniform to accomplish the same mission.”

Exercise Trade Winds is designed to improve coordination and interoperability of participating Caribbean nations to respond to transnational threats, emphasizing maritime interdiction and ground security skills at the tactical and operational levels. This exercise is held in Antigua and Barbuda, with 1,000 participants from 19 countries.

In an interdependent world, challenges to common interests are best addressed in cooperation with equal partners who share responsibilities for fostering peace and security. Many of the partner nations share our vision of a peaceful, safe and secure future for our hemisphere and have expressed their desire to work with us, and with each other, to achieve that vision.

“When we first got to Columbia and got off the aircraft, there were some foreign nationals greeting us and they were thanking us for being there,” Brazelton said. “I thought that was great, to be in an AOR where we were accepted. We were there to support their growth and they appreciated it very much.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

Davis-Monthan Airman helps Tucsonan

One weather forecaster’s self-aid buddy care training quickly resurfaced when she witnessed a car accident outside the gates of Davis-Monthan. Senior Airman Amanda Boone, 355th Operations Support Squadron weather forecaster, ...
 
 

U.S. Air Force to kick off COOL program

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — The Community College of the Air Force officially launched the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program March 16. Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Airmen to earn industry recognized professional certifications and licenses to enhance their active-duty work and to prepare them as they transition to...
 
 

Military leads the way in equal opportunity

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — What does it take to change a nation? What force has the power to move millions of people in their fundamental views of the world? For Christopher Daniels, a U.S. Air Force colonel, that answer is simple: leadership. In his words, “The true agent of change is true leadership.”...
 

 

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

(U.S. Air Force photo) On April 18, 1942, Airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, carried the Battle of the Pacific to the heart of the Japanese empire with a surprising and daring raid on military targets at Tokyo, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Nagoya, and Kobe. This heroic attack...
 
 

AFAF gives all Airmen a chance to pay it forward

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s Sept. 12, 2005. Senior Airman Dennis Hutchison is recovering from a hard day’s work on the flightline of Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia, when he receives a call that tragedy had struck. “I got a notification from my family that my father had passed away,” Hutchison said. “I immediately contacted...
 
 

Rocketry Club ready to take flight this weekend

TUCSON, Arizona – On March 28 and 29, hundreds of rockets will soar into the Tucson sky at Desert Heat 2015. Rocket enthusiasts from around the Southwest will gather for this annual two-day rocketry event, where there’s no cost to watch, and kids always fly free. The rockets that will be launched vary in size...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin