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117ACS Deploys to Control SW Asia Airspace

Georgia Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth talks with the Airmen and families of the 117th Air Control Squadron, Nov. 12, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

Georgia Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth talks with the Airmen and families of the 117th Air Control Squadron, Nov. 12, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael McGrath from the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard waits for transportation, Nov. 12, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. McGrath is part of about 110 members of 117ACS that deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael McGrath from the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard waits for transportation, Nov. 12, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. McGrath is part of about 110 members of 117ACS that deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

Airmen from the 117th Air Control Squadron wait for transportation, Nov. 12, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

Airmen from the 117th Air Control Squadron wait for transportation, Nov. 12, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard board a plane, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard board a plane, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard board a plane, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard board a plane, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

Family members of Airmen from the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard wave American flags as the Guardsmen board a plane, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

Family members of Airmen from the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard wave American flags as the Guardsmen board a plane, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

Members from the USO and Red Cross provide flags and deployment bags full of hygiene items and snacks to deploying Georgia Air National Guard Airmen, Nov. 12, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

Members from the USO and Red Cross provide flags and deployment bags full of hygiene items and snacks to deploying Georgia Air National Guard Airmen, Nov. 12, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard base in Garden City, Ga. About 110 members of 117ACS have deployed for six months to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Delano/released)

Savannah, Ga -- The airmen of the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Nov. 13, 2013 at Savannah Air National Guard Base in Savannah, Ga. Lt. Col. Ron Speir, 117ACS Commander left with a mix of seasoned operators and maintainers who accompanied him during a 2010 deployment and cadre of Guardsmen on their first overseas deployment.

For the past two weeks, the members of the 117ACS performed training on the differences between the Battlespace Command and Control Center (BC3) they will be using during deployment and the current system they use domestically. During the six-month deployment, maintenance crews headed by Maj. Ryan Hampton will be upgrading the radios and radar components of the BC3 to expand the capabilities and reach of the system. "The experience, knowledge, and ability of the radar maintenance shop to keep the radar running 24 hours a day while completing system upgrades makes them the unsung heroes of the unit," said Hampton.

The 117ACS will be a part of the Control and Reporting Center (CRC) which integrates data from control and surveillance radar, air, land, and sea based sensors to provide air defense for over 200,000 miles of coalition airspace. Through chat, radio, and phone communication, operators will collaborate with the Navy and Army to positively control friendly aircraft, detect enemy aircraft and missiles, and provide the Joint Forces Air Component Commander with an accurate and reliable battle space picture.

This is the third deployment to the region for the 117ACS which is one of nine Air National Guard Air Control Squadrons.
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