Released: February 20, 1998
by Master Sgt. Daniel Sherwood
552nd Air Control Wing Public Affairs
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - In response to tasking from the commander,
U.S. Central Command, the 552nd Air Control Wing here geared up for deployment
to Southwest Asia Feb. 13.
Two E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft left for
the Gulf Feb. 16. Specialized equipment, parts, and approximately 100 deploying
personnel were airlifted to the region by an Air Mobility Command C-5 Galaxy
People and aircraft from the 552nd will provide airborne command and
control for coalition aircraft and surveillance of the northern and southern
"no-fly" zones over Iraq," said Col. Charles Winstead, 552nd
ACW vice commander.
The wing brings to Southwest Asia an Airborne Battle Management platform
with the AWACS. The E-3 provides theater commanders with an airborne radar
platform that identifies all friendly aircraft in its range and any potential
"With this platform, theater commanders can assess the threat and
make appropriate plans," said Winstead. "Controllers aboard the
aircraft use this picture of the aerial battlefield to warn friendly aircraft
of potential airborne threats so they may either avoid the threat or gain
a tactical advantage in eliminating that threat."