611th Air and Space Operations Center

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611th Air and Space Operations Center
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Active 1948–1950; 1950–1953; 1977–Present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Pacific Air Forces
Garrison/HQ Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Harley J. D. Bodine IV[1]
Insignia
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The 611th Air and Space Operations Center is the most recent designation of a unit that has served with Alaskan Air Command and Eleventh Air Force as a command and control organization since the late 1940s, based at Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson.

Mission[edit]

The 611th Air and Space Operations Center consists of the 611th Combat Operations Division, the 611th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division, and the 611th Strategy and Plans Division. The three divisions develop plans, procedures, and directives for the employment of combat and support forces assigned to the Eleventh Air Force, the Pacific Air Forces and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The center maintains air sovereignty and conducts air defense operations for the Alaska NORAD Region, as well as directing rescue operations and providing tactical support for air and land forces.[2]

Prior to October 2006, the 611th planned and executed Pacific Air Forces' premier national and multinational large force training exercise, Red Flag - Alaska. This mission, and the 353d Combat Training Squadron, was returned to the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson AFB.

History[edit]

The group was activated on 21 June 1948 as the 531st Air Control and Warning Group at McChord Air Force Base, part of the Fourth Air Force. The 626th and 632d Air Control and Warning Squadrons were assigned to the group. Around 25 October 1948, it became part of the 25th Air Division. On 15 July 1949, the group transferred to Elmendorf Air Force Base, where it had remained ever since. The 625th Air Control and Warning Squadron became part of the group on the same day. The group became part of Alaskan Air Command three days before. On 1 June 1950, the group was inactivated. The group was activated again on 17 November 1950 with the 10th Air Division, less the 632d Squadron. It became part of Alaskan Air Command again on 20 July 1951, but was transferred back to the 10th Air Division on 1 November 1952. On 8 December of that year, the 705th, 717th, 719th, 794th, and 795th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons joined the group. The group was inactivated on 15 April 1953.

The group was reactivated on 15 November 1977 with the 21st Composite Wing, and included the 705th, 708th, 710th, 711th, 714th, 717th, 719th, 743d, 744th, 748th, 794th, and 795th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons. On 30 September 1979, the group became part of Alaskan Air Command, which became the Eleventh Air Force in 1990. It was redesignated the 11th Tactical Control Group on 1 July 1981. The 3d Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) became part of the group on the same day. On 1 November 1983, the group's aircraft control and warning squadrons were inactivated. On 6 January 1991, the group became the 11th Tactical Control Wing. The 3rd ASOS was transferred on 1 January 1992. On 27 January 1992, it became the 11th Air Control Wing. The wing became the 611th Air Operations Group on 1 July 1994, with the 3rd ASOS, 611th Air Control Squadron and 611th Air Operations Squadron assigned. Around 1997 the 611th Air Intelligence and 611th Air Communications Flights became part of the group. On 19 February 1999, the 11th Operational Weather Squadron joined the group. In 2004 the 611th Air Control Squadron was transferred to the Alaska Air National Guard and redesignated the 176th Air Control Squadron.[3] On 1 October 2007, the group was redesignated the 611th Air and Space Operations Center. In 2007 the 611th Air Intelligence Squadron was inactivated and the 611th Air Communications Squadron was transferred to the 611th Air Support Group, now the Pacific Regional Support Center. On 13 June 2008, the 11th Operational Weather Squadron was inactivated and merged with the 17th Operational Weather Squadron.[4]

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 531st Aircraft Control and Warning Group
Activated on 21 June 1948
Inactivated on 1 January 1950
Activated on 17 November 1950
Inactivated on 15 April 1953
Activated on 15 November 1977
  • Redesignated 11th Tactical Control Group on 1 July 1981
  • Redesignated 11th Tactical Control Wing on 6 January 1991
  • Redesignated 11th Air Control Wing on 27 January 1992
  • Redesignated 611th Air Operations Group on 1 July 1994
  • Redesignated 611th Air and Space Operations Center on 1 October 2007

Assignments[edit]

  • Fourth Air Force: 21 June 1948
  • 25th Air Division: c. 25 October 1948
  • Alaskan Air Command: 12 July 1949 – 1 January 1950
  • 10th Air Division: 17 November 1950
  • Alaskan Air Command: 20 July 1951
  • 10th Air Division: 1 November 1952 – 13 April 1953
  • 21st Composite Wing: 15 November 1977
  • Alaskan Air Command (later Eleventh Air Force): 30 September 1979 – Present

Stations[edit]

  • McChord Air Force Base, Washington, 21 June 1948
  • Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, 15 July 1949 – 1 January 1950
  • Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, 17 November 1950 – 13 April 1953
  • Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, 15 November 1977 – Present

Components[edit]

  • 11th Operational Weather Squadron, 19 February 1999 – 13 June 2008
  • 611th Air Control Squadron, c. 1 July 1994 – 1 October 2004
  • 611th Air Operations Squadron, c. 1 July 1994 – 1 October 2004
  • 611th Air Intelligence Flight (later 611th Air Intelligence Squadron), c. 1997 – 1 October 2007
  • 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, 1 July 1981 – 1 January 1992, 1 July 1994 – 1 February 2003
  • 611th Air Communications Flight (later 611th Air Communications Squadron), c. 1997 – 1 October 2007
  • 611th Alaskan NORAD Flight, unknown
  • 625th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (later 625th Aircraft Control Squadron), 15 July 1949 – 1 January 1950, 1 November 1950 – 13 April 1953
  • 626th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 21 June 1948 – 21 June 1948, c. 30 June 1948 – 1 May 1949, 17 November 1950 – 13 April 1953
Fire Island Air Force Station
  • 632d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 21 June 1948 – 1 January 1950
  • 705th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 8 December 1952 – 13 April 1953, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
King Salmon Airport
  • 708th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Indian Mountain Air Force Station
  • 710th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
  • 711th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Cape Lisburne Air Force Station
  • 714th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Cold Bay Air Force Station
  • 717th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 8 December 1952 – 13 April 1953, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Tatalina Air Force Station
  • 719th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 8 December 1952 – 13 April 1953, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Sparrevohn Air Force Station
  • 743d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Campion Air Force Station
  • 744th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Murphy Dome Air Force Station
  • 748th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Kotzebue Air Force Station
  • 794th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 8 December 1952 – 13 April 1953, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Cape Newenham Air Force Station
  • 795th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, 8 December 1952 – 13 April 1953, 15 November 1977 – 1 November 1983
Cape Romanzof Air Force Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JBER Units: 11th Air Force". Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "11th Air Force". 11th Air Force Public Affairs. 1 June 2015. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "176th Air Control Squadron". 176th Wing Public Affairs. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Lee, Jesse (25 August 2008). "Two weather squadrons become one". 17th Operational Weather Squadron. Retrieved 10 February 2017.