Salutes & Awards

June 15, 2012

107th ACS graduates 500th student

Story and photo by Senior Airman C.J. Hatch
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Senior Airman Terisha Vaughn, 728th Air Control Squadron weapons director, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., cuts a cake June 8 after the graduation of the 107th ACS enlisted weapons directors. Vaughn received the distinct honor of being the 500th student to graduate from the program since its start in August 2000.

Since August 2000, the 107th Air Control Squadron has been in Arizona producing enlisted weapons directors that provide ground control for military aircraft, and June 8 they graduated their 500th student.

“I want to thank everyone for being here,” said Lt. Col. Lynda Lovell, 107th ACS commander. “Today isn’t historical just because we had our 500th student, it’s a bigger picture. It’s about the accomplishments of the 107th ACS, the total force team and the accomplishments of the weapons director career field.”

The eight graduating students went through a 74-day course that is split into six blocks of training.

The first block focuses on safety and equipment specifics. This five-day section introduces what equipment the students will use during the course and how to safely use it.

During the second block the students learn basic control and how to talk to a simulated pilot. The third is more advanced with the Airmen learning aerial refueling operations.

“During our class we did close control, pointing a friendly at an enemy,” said Senior Airman Deron Arnold, 728th ACS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. “I loved this class. Even though we are in a box controlling aircraft, it gets your blood pumping when they get into a fight in the air.”

In the fourth and fifth blocks, students practice numerous high performance simulations talking directly with pilots.

They perform a large-force exercise requiring them to do close-air support, search and rescue, refueling, check-in, high-value-asset monitoring, and offensive and defensive counter air.

The final section is live training and is a huge part of the course. The students work hand-in-hand with student pilots as they go through their training.

After more than 10 years of training Airmen to be weapons directors, the 107th graduated its 500th weapons director, Senior Airman Terisha Vaughn, 728th ACS, Eglin AFB.

“It was a surprise to me,” she said. “We had been talking about it during the week thinking ‘who’s going to be number 500,’ but it’s a great honor. It took a lot of hard work to get here, and I’m proud to be 500.”




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


 
 

 
Staff Sgt. 
STACI MILLER

Luke ‘deploys’ youngest Airmen

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Gabriel Gutierrez, age 5, son of Staff Sgt. Arlene Gutierrez, 56th Security Forces Squadron, gives high fives as he goes through the welcome home line during Operation KIDS Saturday at Luke Air Forces Bas...
 
 

Warrior ethos puts will to test

It is important for us as warriors to put our physical fitness test in proper perspective. Airmen need to be physically able to do their job, and currently the Air Force measures their fitness with a simple test. This article is not to debate if the current test actually gives an accurate indication of fitness...
 
 

You, too, can empower innovation

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress. Without it we wouldn’t have the automobile, airplane or computer. We may have never made it to an industrial revolution. At every level of our species, from the individual level to the societal level, compelling change is how we grow, and it is innovators that drive this. In the...
 

 
Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer

CES inspects base infrastructure

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Steven Stein, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical subject matter expert, points out a damaged water heater Oct. 24 to Senior Airman Sandham Challis, 56th CES structural subject matter exp...
 
 

News Briefs October 31, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a base-wide exercise Wednesday. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individ...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Airman changes lanes in life

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall Those who have had a hard life often say it is hard to overcome the past. “It’s almost like climbing out of a dark hole – one mistake and you fall deeper into the abyss,” said...
 




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