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(TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.) Airmen and civilians from the 552nd Air Control Wing work in the mission simulators during a training exercise.  The programs used in the mission sims, as well as in the E-3 Sentry itself during real-world missions, are written, tested and released for use by Airmen in the 552nd Communications Group. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Fowler) Comm & AWACS: Exploring link between 552nd Communications Group, AWACS mission
When the E-3 Sentry conducts its missions at home and around the world, every Airman in the wing has their own part in the mission's success. For many people, the implied 552nd Communications Group's mission revolves around office computers, the telephone lines and network communications - but that is only a very small part of the 552nd CG
0 4/09
2007
(TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, OKLA) Lt. Col. Anthony Deckard, 552nd Operations Group, leads members of the 552nd Air Control Wing and 72nd Air Base Wing through the mapping of the mobility process used to deploy AWACS personnel. The 27-step mobility process itself wasn't an issue, according to Colonel Deckard, but there were not any quality control points to make sure small problems didn't grow into larger ones. (Courtesy photo) Eating a mobility elephant: First end-to-end look at 552nd mobility process through AFSO 21
"Management by Hero" is how Maj. Chris Stoner, 552nd Air Control Wing deployments officer, described the wing's old mobility process. "We were beating our mobility folks up in order to get crews out the door," said Lt. Col. Anthony Deckard, 552nd Operations Group. "At every point along the process chain, we found our deployment people were thrown
0 3/29
2007
Tech. Sgt. Roy Wiggen, 552nd Maintenance Group Quality Assurance Division, take a look at one of the E-3 Sentry aircraft as it has its annual isochronal inspection.  ISO inspections used to be done every 180 days, but through Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century processes the inspections were changed to once a year - saving the Air Force time and money, and allowing theater commanders more use of the E-3.  (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Fowler) Maintainers save man-hours with AFSO21 changes to E-3 inspections
When aircraft maintainers think of inspections, their minds can go crazy with thoughts of preparation and increased workload. However, the men and women of the 552nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron Maintenance Flight here at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., saw the E-3 Sentry Isochronal Inspection process as an opportunity for improvement. When someone
0 3/29
2007
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