Released: February 20, 1998

93rd ACS deploys to SWA

by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Lewis
93rd Air Control Wing Public Affairs

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- When approximately 150 members of the 93rd Air Control Wing were told they were being deployed to a destination in Southwest Asia, many were anticipating the trip.

"It's great," said Senior Master Sgt. Frank Klima, first sergeant of the 93rd Training Squadron. "I'm glad I was given the chance to go. When you have the caliber of people the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System team has, you know you'll get it (the job) done. I believe we've got the best of the best."

Joint STARS is a long-range, air-to-ground surveillance system designed to locate, classify and track ground targets in all weather conditions.

The Joint STARS system has the capability to pinpoint enemy forces and neutralize them, said Col. Joseph P. Stein, commander of the 93rd ACW. "We're the eye in the sky, and that's a tremendous advantage. We've got a number of different surveillance systems in the military, but I don't think there's anyone who can put it together like we can."

This is the first deployment to a real-world contingency for the 93rd as an operational wing. The wing became operational Dec. 18, 1997.

"I am a little nervous," said Tech Sgt. Chris Peterson, Joint STARS E-8C crew chief. "I wasn't expecting to leave so soon, but we've been standing ready for awhile and I think we're successful at anything we set out to accomplish."

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