152d Air Operations Group

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152d Air Operations Group
Country  United States
Allegiance  New York
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Type Group
Role Aircraft Control
Garrison/HQ Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, New York
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The 152d Air Operations Group (152 AOG) is a unit of the New York Air National Guard, stationed at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, New York. If called into active federal service, the group is gained by Air Combat Command.


The 152nd Air Operations Group's primary day-to-day mission is to augment and support the 603d Air Operations Group, located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, a part of United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE). The 603d and 152d work together to set up and run an AN/USQ-163 "Falconer" weapons system, also known as an Air and Space Operations Center, for the European theater of operations


The AN/USQ-163 Falconer, better known as the Air and Space Operations Center (AOC), is the senior element of the Theater Air Control System (TACS). In the event of hostilities, the Joint Force Commander assigns a Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) to lead the AOC weapon system. Quite often the Commander, Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR) is assigned the JFACC position for planning and executing theater-wide air and space forces. When there is more than one service working in the AOC it is called the Joint Air and Space Operations Center. In cases of Allied or Coalition (multinational) operations, the AOC is called a Combined Air and Space Operations Center.

There are usually five divisions in the AOC. These separate, but distinct, organizations fuse information that eventually becomes the Air Tasking Order.

Strategy Division (STRAT) · Strategy Plans Team · Strategy Guidance Team · Operational Assessment Team

Combat Plans Division (CPD) · Target Effects Team · Master Air Attack Plan Team · Air Tasking Order Production Team · Command and Control Planning Team

Combat Operations Division (COD) · Offensive Ops Team · Defensive Ops Team · Senior Intelligence Duty Officer · Interface Control

Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Division (ISR) · Analysis, Correlation, and Fusion · Targeting and Tactical Assessment · ISR Operations

Air Mobility Division (AMD) · Commander's Support Staff (CCS) o AMD Chief o Deputy AMD Chief o Superintendent · Air Mobility Control Team (AMDM) o Execution Cell o Mission Management o Flight Management o USAPAT Mission Planner o Maintenance · Airlift Control Team (AMDL) o Airlift Plans o DV Airlifts o Diplomatic Clearance o Requirements · Air Refueling Team (AMDR) · Aeromedical Evacuation Control Team (AMDA)

The Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS) is a set of software systems used by the Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) and within Air Operations Centers by the United States Air Force combat forces to plan and execute military missions utilizing airborne resources. It has two levels of control, at the larger 'force' level, or at the detailed 'unit' level. It is used to generate the Air Tasking Order (ATO). It replaced the Contingency Theater Automated Planning System (CTAPS).

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) also uses the Combined Air Operations Center concept at multiple locations. Supporting the air component commands are four static Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCCs) to direct NATO air operations - in Udem, Germany; Finderup, Denmark; Poggio Renatico, Italy; and Larissa, Greece; and two deployable CAOCs in Udem and Poggio Renatico. The static CAOCs can support Allied air operations from their fixed locations, while the deployable CAOCs will move where they are needed.


  • 103d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
  • 103d Tactical Control Flight


The 152d Air Operations Group was initially established in 1947 as the 152d Air Control Group. The unit was first stationed at the White Plains Armory and eventually moved to the Roslyn Air National Guard Station on Long Island. In 1984 the 152nd moved to Syracuse. The unit's original mission was as a Group Headquarters for tactical radar units in the Northeastern U.S.

The 152d Air Control Group was called to active duty during the Korean War and the Berlin Crisis. In 2000, the unit's federal mission was changed to augment the Air Operations Center at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, for the United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE). The Air Operations Center provides planning, direction, and control of assigned Air Forces. They also direct activities of forces and monitor actions of both enemy and friendly forces. The 152nd AOG is recognized as a lead Air Reserve Component Air Operations Command (AOC) augmentation unit.


  • Activated in December 1939 as the Signal Aircraft Warning Company, Panama
Redesignated 558th Signal Battalion, Aircraft Warning on 15 January 1942
Inactivated on 1 December 1942
Redesignated 558th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion and activated on 10 August 1944
Inactivated on 11 January 1946
  • Converted, redesignated 152d Aircraft Warning & Control Group on 24 May 1946 and allotted to the National Guard
Extended federal recognition and activated on 15 Mar 1948
Called to active duty on 1 August 1951
Inactivated on 20 Dec 1952 and returned to the National Guard
Extended federal recognition and activated on 20 Dec 1952
Redesignated 152d Tactical Control Group on 1 December 1954
Federalized and placed on active duty in Oct 1961
Released from active duty and returned to New York state control c 1 Nov 1962
Redesignated 152d Air Control Group ca. 16 June 1992
Redesignated 152d Air Operations Group on 1 August 1996
Federalized and placed on active duty in December 2001
Released from active duty and returned to New York state control
Federalized and placed on active duty in January 2003
Released from active duty and returned to New York state control in February 2003



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