Local

June 7, 2013

607th ACS to become AETC unit

Maj. Chris Satkowski, 607th Air Control Squadron air weapons officer, simulates controlling a mission in Sells, Ariz., airspace Tuesday from a mobile operations unit at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS mission is to train control and reporting center operators and deploy warfighters. The squadron is scheduled to transition from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command by July.

Changes are on the horizon for the 607th Air Control Squadron as members prepare to switch from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command next month.

Lt. Col. Charles Jones, 607th ACS director of operations, said the switch in major commands will reflect the squadron’s expanded mission.

“Our mission is to train control and reporting center operators and deploy warfighters,” he said. “We take the baseline students and provide them with initial qualification training. With the 107th Air Control Squadron closing their doors by the end of the fiscal year, it’s ideal for us to absorb their mission of training weapons directors and reorganize ourselves under the MAJCOM of our host unit.”

The 107th ACS is an Arizona National Guard unit.

Squadron leaders are excited about the upcoming changes in MAJCOM and mission.

“We’ve always felt welcome here with the 56th Fighter Wing as a great host wing, and it makes for a smooth transition,” said Lt. Col. Sean Slaughter, 607th ACS commander. “My goal is to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible with no delays or degradation in our mission.”

Slaughter also recognizes potential challenges in aligning his squadron’s role with the 56th FW.

“The biggest challenge is how we’ll set ourselves up to meet new tasks and how we’ll integrate with changes in the Luke mission as the wing moves from the F-16 to the F-35,” he said.

The 607th commander is confident his squadron members will rise to any challenges the future may bring.

“We’ve already started to implement plans and solutions for the transition period,” Slaughter said. “We have a great squadron doing great things for the Air Force.”

The squadron currently offers five initial qualification training courses and one undergraduate course. The courses include surveillance technician, electronic protection technician, interface control technician, weapons director and air weapons officer. The undergraduate course is offered for weapons director students.

Approximately 200 members comprise the 607th ACS, deploying to various locations around the world or training more than 300 students per year with up to 90 students in the squadron at any given time.

“We are constantly deploying our people, cycling them back and forth from the area of responsibility,” Slaughter said. “Deployments help our instructors and in turn our courses because they bring back experience and keep the training relevant.”




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


 
 

 
Staff Sgt. 
STACI MILLER

CMS aircraft fuel systems provides push for pilot

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Airman 1st Class Gary Esposito, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems apprentice, prepares to inspect a 370-gallon external fuel tank on Luke Air Force Base. Esposito inspected the tan...
 
 
Senior Airman 
GRACE LEE

Latest F-35 has fastest induction to ALIS

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE The 14th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Luke Air Force Base is shown Dec. 5 on the flightline. Airmen at the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit worked quickly to get the aircraft ready to...
 
 

Gratitude cultivates exceptional leadership

Several months ago I was inspired by the phrase “cultivate an attitude of gratitude.” The topic was presented in a religious context; however, I found these words significant and profound when considered as a tenent of exceptional leadership. Cultivate is an action verb. The word brings to mind images of an experienced gardener patiently tending...
 

 

Leadership vs. management

Have you ever had a boss or someone that made you want to come to work every day, someone you would do anything for without question? Then you were probably working beside a leader, not a manager. The biggest difference between managers and leaders is the way they motivate people who work for or follow...
 
 

Decking the halls …

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Andrea Mathis, 56th Force Support Squadron Fighter Country Inn accounting clerk, decorates a Christmas tree Dec. 4 in the lobby at the Fighter Country Inn at Luke Air Force Base. Base lodging is available to active-duty service members, retirees and dependents on a space-available basis. For more information, call 623-856-3941.
 
 

Safety begins with asking ‘What could go wrong?’

I’m sure most of us have been told to “be safe” at some point either by a commander, supervisor or even a co-worker. This holiday season will probably not be any different. Someone will use this simple phrase in the next few weeks, and it will feel like a cliché to you, but what does...
 




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