513th Air Control Group [513th ACG]
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, OK, on March 15, 1996. Though assigned to Tenth Air Force, the 513th ACG is administratively a subordinate unit of the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Fourth Air Force, also based at Tinker AFB. The 507th ARW, provides peacetime personnel and support functions for the 513th ACG. The 513th ACG is, however, an associate unit of the 552nd Air Control Wing, an active duty AWACS unit, also based at Tinker AFB, and would, if called to active duty, be assigned to Air Combat Command. The 513th ACG flies the 552nd ACW's E-3 AWACS.
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 air crews 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.
Under the Air Force Reserve's Associate program, the active duty forces actually "own" the aircraft, with Reserve units providing both aircrew and maintenance support for the Air Force's operational inventory of 32 Boeing E-3 "Sentry" aircraft.
Eventually, 450 reservists will be assigned to the 513th ACG. The majority will be traditional reservists, who serve on a part-time basis. About 200 will be 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).
The 513th ACG deployed in May 1997 as the lead AWACS unit in support of Exercise Central Enterprise '97, which was designed to test the integrated air defense system throughout Western Europe. Besides the United States, a French E-3 and E-3s from the NATO coalition provided airborne early warning support. The consolidated joint forces focused their training over the central and northern regions of Germany and the North Atlantic against simulated outside coalition aggressors. The two-week exercise will allow the composite force to hone air-to-air, theater missile defense and employment skills. The multinational event will provide extensive theater data link training, surveillance training and large force exercise training.
Immediately after the conclusion of Central Enterprise, the 513th ACG took part in Exercise Baltops '97. This week-long JCS exercise supported a multinational fleet in the Baltic Sea. Baltops '97 was a naval support exercise, emphasizing theater/naval data link training with some weapons activity training for fleet defense. The exercise focused primarily in the Baltic Sea, east of the Danish mainland.
The 513th Air Control Group provides fully qualified, mobilization ready operations and maintenance personnel to support worldwide AWACS missions.
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