The Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron, Detachment 9 supports the initial training for units such as the 607th Air Control Squadron. In total, Det. 9 supports 17 ACS units across the Air Force.
The primary mission of Det. 9 is to develop, maintain and support the courseware and syllabi for the 607th ACS training.
Det. 9 originated at Langley Air Force Base, Va., in 1997 to support the Air Forceâ€™s ACSs and their initial qualification training.
In 2007, the unit moved to Eglin AFB, Fla., to collocate with the 728th ACS in order to maintain operational knowledge and experience.
â€œWorking with the 728th allowed us to stay qualified on the equipment,â€ said Maj. Canyon Knop, ACC Det. 9 TRSS commander. â€œIt also gave us access to some of their subject matter experts who provided us with theater experience to better the syllabi.â€
Det. 9 moved to Luke in 2010 to be collocated with the 607th ACS.
â€œThis allows us to support them directly and work closely with the instructors,â€ Knop said. â€œIt also enables us to interact face-to-face with them to tweak and improve the syllabi.â€
The mission of the 607th ACS is to conduct formal initial qualification training for ACS operation crew personnel in C2 tactics, techniques and procedures. It also provides in-garrison radar control to flying units operating in local airspace.
â€œItâ€™s very helpful having Det. 9 here,â€ said Capt. Daniel Uger, 607th ACS flight commander of operations training. â€œIt allows us to be more effective with our training, because weâ€™re able to work side-by-side instead of through video conference. It also helps with our syllabus conferences, which we do every two years.â€
The 607th ACS and Det. 9 agree that this move has allowed both sides to better the Airmen who are being trained at Luke.
â€œItâ€™s made a lot of improvements and has made a quicker reaction time to the improvements instructors want to make,â€ Knop said. â€œBy doing this, the 607th is able to tailor things to their needs. Students get the best training possible and the Air Force gets the best product.â€