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337TH AIR CONTROL SQUADRON

Posted 6/19/2014 Printable Fact Sheet

Mission 

The 337th Air Control Squadron is assigned to the 33rd Operations Group, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It is located on Tyndall. The squadron's primary responsibility includes training all U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve officers in command and control mission execution as air battle managers in a variety of weapons systems in support of air expeditionary forces worldwide and provides command and control support for the F/A-22 Raptor initial and transition training. Additionally, the squadron provides training for international officers in tactical command and control operations in a coalition environment.

History 

The "Screamin' Eagles" began as the 325th Fighter Control Squadron in April 1943. In December 1943, the unit moved to North Africa to support the operations of the 325th FW and other American and allied flying units. Moving its radar with the front lines, the squadron saw action throughout the Mediterranean and Southern Europe and earned battle streamers for Rome, 1944; Southern France, 1944; and the Rhineland, 1945. The squadron was disbanded in early 1945, when German air activity had effectively ceased.

The 325th ACS finds its functional Tyndall roots back in 1947, when the Interceptor Weapons schoolhouse was established. USAF conducted controller training at Tyndall since that time, though enduring numerous mergers and name changes. The many aspects of controller training were consolidated into the 337th Training Squadron in the mid-90s, and that unit itself was re-designated as the 325th Air Control Squadron in 2001.

Today, the squadron instructs five comprehensive courses. The primary course is the nine-month Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training course where active duty and Guard students are instructed in and expected to demonstrate proficiency on subjects like friendly and enemy aircraft capabilities and limitations, defensive and offensive counter air operations, close air support, personnel recovery, large force employment, suppression of enemy air defenses and tactical control of high-performance aircraft. Upon graduation, active duty students receive their wings and move on to follow-on assignments in the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and the E-8 Joint Surveillance Targeting and Attack Radar System (JSTARS). As a first assignment, some graduates are able to receive follow-on to a Control and Reporting Center (CRC) ground unit.

Additional courses include the Battle Manger Instructor Training Course, which teaches air battle managers from different backgrounds the skills necessary to instruct undergraduate students, and the Air Weapons Officer/Weapons Director Initial Qualification Training Course, which teaches previously qualified air battle managers and weapons directors the art and science of controlling live aircraft. The 325th ACS also conducts the International Air Weapons Controller Course and the Theater Air Operations Course, where officers from around the world are introduced to weapons control and theater air operations.

Commander
Lieutenant Col. Michael Hagan

      


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COMM: (850) 283-2672
DSN: 523-2672






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