by Robins Public Affairs
5/2/2014 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga -- When a car surpasses 100,000 miles, it may be time to get a new one.
But when Team JSTARS flew past the 100,000-hour mark Wednesday above
Afghanistan, it reinforced the importance of its mission - supporting
the Defense Department's combatant commanders since the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks - both at home and abroad.
A one-of-a-kind capability, the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack
Radar System, conducts battle management and intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance simultaneously - providing the ability to detect
surface movers, collect imagery, and relay tactical data to ground and
air theater commanders.
The joint-force unit at Robins comprises the Air Force's 461st Air
Control Wing, the Georgia Air National Guard's 116th ACW and the Army's
138th Military Intelligence Company.
Together, they have provided continuous deployed support for Operations
Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Odyssey Dawn and Unified
Protector for nearly 13 years.
"JSTARS 100,000 flying hours in support of our nation's combatant
commanders represents more than a decade of sacrifice and service by our
men and women," said Col. Kevin Clotfelter, 116th ACW commander.
"We know this marker was reached because of the sacrifice and support of our families, communities and mission partners."
Col. Henry Cyr, 461st ACW commander, agreed.
"This milestone represents an achievement of tremendous endurance," said
Cyr. "Whether hunting terrorists, defending our borders or scouring the
seas, deserts and mountains of the globe, the men and women of JSTARS
have delivered on their promise to be 'On Station'."
"The significant Team JSTARS milestone is a clear indication of the
platform's importance and value across the entire Department of
Defense," said Lt. Col. Todd Morgan, 138th MIC commander.
"The interoperability of Army and Air Force personnel working in concert
onboard the E-8C has enabled the platform to provide critical and
timely ISR to maneuver commanders during direct combat operations."
The operational resume of Team JSTARS includes support of six combatant
commands including U.S. Pacific, Northern, Southern, Africa, European
and Central commands.
Just the Facts
*Employed C2ISR in nearly 12.5K combat operations during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn;
*98 percent mission effectiveness rate supporting AFRICOM operations;
*Supported Moving Target Indicator taskings in multiple PACOM contingency taskings;
*116th ACW garnered 17 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, and the 461st two Meritorious Unit Awards;
*Team JSTARS winner of 12 Air Battle Management Crew of the Year awards.