Local

August 22, 2013

Compass Call Airmen to receive world-class training facility

Tags:
Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
TrainingFacility_pict1
Desert Lightning Team commanders and contractors break ground Aug. 15 on the new Compass Call training facility. From left; Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander; Col. Marty Reynolds, 55th Electronic Combat Group commander; Lt. Col. Phil Acquaro, 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron commander; Lt Col. Angela Spaith, 755th Operational Support Squadron commander; Anthony Gomez, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron lead architect; and Andrew Erquiaga, RSCI Group construction team lead

Construction began here on the new 55th Electronic Combat Group academic facility Aug. 15 launching the next chapter in formal flight training for EC-130H Compass Call.

The new $78 million complex will be the home of the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron, which is charged as the Air Forces sole formal training unit for the Compass Call mission. The facility will house the first flight deck simulator, two different mission crew simulators, Squadron Operations Center, office space for both Air Force and contract instructors, as well as multiple training classrooms.

“This facility was deemed a requirement about five years ago,” said Col. Marty Reynolds, 55th ECG commander. “We are very excited and grateful for the building. Currently, the training is scattered amongst different buildings as well as other bases. Historically, our Flight Deck Airmen are initially trained at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas and Joint-Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, while mission crews were trained here at Davis-Monthan. This facility enables us to provide world-class training under one roof in a world-class facility.”

Known as the Weapons System Trainer, the flight simulator will provide air refueling, landing, in-flight emergency procedure training for four different crew positions.

The two mission crew simulators will represent the two distinct baseline aircraft configurations employed by the Compass Call. Additionally, it will enable the group to upgrade the simulators individually when future baselines are delivered to ensure crews are trained in the latest capabilities and tactics to meet the requirements of combatant commanders.

“This multi-simulator facility will allow for initial, upgrade and continuation training in one location and will enhance our ability to support current and future contingency operations,” Reynolds said. “The 55th ECG has been constantly deployed for the past 10 years, and we do not see that changing anytime soon.”

Currently, the EC-130H Compass Call is the highest utilized C-130 in the Air Force inventory, he said.

“We have been able to overcome several challenges during the contract award and design process thanks to the support by multiple 55th Wing, 355th Fighter Wing, US Corps of Engineers as well as the design and construction teams,” said Lt. Col. Phil Acquaro, the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron commander. “Success of this project and the future impact to the Air Force will be a direct result of teamwork that starts with the 355th Fighter Wing security team that inspects the construction vehicles, the civil engineers that will maintain the facility and, of course, the instructors that will perform the actual aircrew training.”

The facility is expected to be completed by October 2014, and fully operational by December 2014.

“This is a tremendous win for us as we will deliver the goal of the 42nd ECS to train professional aviators in a world-class facility,” Reynolds said.




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


 
 

 

Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and...
 
 
DT_pict1

354th Bulldogs improve in-flight sight

A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs began flying with a new helmet mounted integrated targeting system. The Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System provides pilots with the ability to rapidly cue se...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lynsie Nichols)

Your estimated wait time is…

Did you call the Enterprise Service Desk yesterday, but you’re still on hold today? The Communications Squadron will be uploading the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk application to computers base wide. 1st Lt. Brooke Leigh, ...
 

 

Face of Defense: Shooting victim seeks to inspire others

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON – An Army officer who was severely wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, last year is using his near-death experience to give others a new lease on life. “I believe I was given a second chance,” said 1st Lt. John Arroyo, who is recovering at Brooke Army...
 
 
AFAS_pict

AFAS steps up with education programs

Education can be a key to succeeding in life, especially for military members looking to make the Air Force a career. The costs associated with getting an education are on the rise, but the Air Force Aid Society can help take s...
 
 
Fuel_pict

Exchange offers full-service refueling to drivers with disabilities

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, with the support of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, is adding a new system to gas stations on military installations worldwide to make it easier for drivers with dis...
 




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