Air Force presents opportunities to enhance Army air defense mission at Fort Bliss

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The 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dispatched a joint team to support the Green Tab Forum of the 32nd Army Air Missile Defense Commanding General at Fort Bliss earlier this month.

32d AAMDC is a theater-level, multi-component United States Army air and missile defense organization with a 72-hour worldwide deployment mission. U.S. air defense officials from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Bliss, Texas, and Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, attended the forum.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kari Mott, commanding officer of the 505th Training Squadron, two instructors from the 505th TRS, and U.S. Maj.James Watson, Air Force Joint Support Team instructor and Defense officials briefed US leaders at the Green Tab Forum.

During the visit, the CCW Joint Team observed PATRIOT tactical set-up exercises of the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, or HHB 5 Headquarters Battery and Headquarters. 52 ADA. The team received a general explanation of the exercises which included setting up the Antenna Mast Group and launching the Information Coordination Center, which is the battalion’s tactical command and control node.

“Having direct interaction with the largest and most active of the AAMDC will produce tangible dividends for our students and the joint force as a whole,” said US Major James Watson, AJST IAMD instructor.

The purpose of the forum was to recognize milestones and recognize IAMD tactics, techniques and procedures, emerging threats and new priorities, including equipment commissioning and modernization plans. As part of this forum, the 505th TRS and the AJST gave an overview of their mission, shared actions and training opportunities available to improve the mission of 32d AAMDC.

AJST in support of the 505th CCW is conducting USA air-ground operations education, training and integration of command and control systems. The mission of the 505th Training Squadron is to train joint and coalition fighters on the C2 processes and systems used to utilize air, space and cyber at the operational level of warfare for geographic air operations centers and functional operations centers.

The joint team met with the 32nd AAMDC Deputy Commander Col. Glenn Henke during an office visit to his headquarters. During the engagement, Col. Henke shared a common goal of capitalizing on information exchange with the AJST and the 505th TRS, and the desire to increase collaboration on air-to-ground operations and training of the air operations center.

Following the call to the office, Lt. Col. Mott identified the value of increased collaboration, saying: will be vital to the success of the mission.

At the conclusion of the joint briefing of the 505th TRS / AJST, the commanding general of 32d AAMDC, USA Brig. General Stewart said: “I encourage you to bring your leaders to these joint courses as an investment in our future force. “

Author: Debora Henley – 505th Command and Control Wing

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