United States Air Force
513TH AIR CONTROL GROUP
The 513th Air Control Group (ACG) (Associate) mission is to provide theater and Air Force commanders with trained aircrews and maintenance personnel and systems for airborne surveillance, warning and control of U.S. and allied military aviation assets.
The Group was activated at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, on March 15, 1996, becoming the first Air Combat Command associate organization.
The Air Force Reserve Associate Program merges Reserve units with active-duty units at active-duty Air Force bases throughout the United States. The program, which began in 1968, creates Reserve units that share joint-use of active-duty aircraft and equipment for their training while working directly with active-duty personnel.
Reservists fly the same missions, establish autonomous Reserve units, and maintain the same professional standards as their active-duty counterparts. Associate unit aircrews fly daily on missions throughout the world. The flexibility of the associate program allows a Reserve aircrew member to fly as part of an active-duty crew or with an all-Reserve crew. Associate units also provide aircraft maintenance personnel to maintain the aircraft.
In the associate concept, active duty units own the aircraft with Air Force reservists sharing in the maintenance workload and operational flying missions for the Air Force's operational inventory of 32 Boeing E-3 "Sentry" aircraft. Today, Reserve aircrews are regularly flying Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) missions aboard the E-3 "Sentry" aircraft throughout the world, providing Air Force and theater commanders with trained aircrews, maintenance personnel, and systems for airborne surveillance, warning, and control of U.S. and allied military aviation assets.
The total authorized manning for the 513 ACG is 400 personnel. The majority will be traditional reservists, who serve on a part-time basis. About 100 are air reserve technicians (ARTs) who serve as a full-time support cadre. The 513th's subordinate units include the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS) which includes the 513th Operations Support Flight (OSF), the 513th Aircraft Generation Squadron (AGS), and the 513th Maintenance Squadron (MS).
970th Airborne Air Control Squadron
The 970th AACS is the flying organization of the 513th ACG. It performs aircrew training and traditional operations functions. Reserve E-3 aircrew members are required to fly the same type sorties as their active-duty counterparts to remain proficient and combat ready. Reserve crewmembers may either perform all-Reserve or mixed missions with their active-duty counterparts. The squadron shares the workload with their active-duty counterparts, the 552nd Air Control Wing, also located on Tinker Air Force Base in operating and maintaining the fleet of E-3 Sentry aircraft.
As civilians, many of the pilots assigned to the squadron are employed by commercial airlines. As military pilots, they are required to fly the same type sorties as. their active-duty counterparts to remain proficient and combat ready.
The 513th Operations Support Flight consolidates and incorporates all other traditional operations staff supervisory functions such as, flight records maintenance, and military training.