Team JSTARS Surpasses 100,000 Flying Hours
WARBIRD RADIO — Team JSTARS continued their record of success Thursday as they reached a major milestone surpassing 100,000 flying hours in support of combatant commanders across the globe since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 according to a recent news release from Robins Air Force Base.
Joint STARS, a one-of-a-kind capability, is the only platform that can conduct battle management and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance simultaneously. The platform provides the ability to track ground vehicles and some aircraft, collect imagery, and relay tactical data to ground and air theater commanders.
The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System platform is operated jointly by the 116th Air Control Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard, the U.S. Air Force 461st Air Control Wing and the U.S. Army JSTARS 138th Military Intelligence Company. These Airmen and Soldiers have provided continuous support for Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Odyssey Dawn, and Unified Protector in nearly 13 years of continuous deployments.
Combatant commands are a unified or specified command with a broad continuing mission under a single commander established and so designated by the president. Combatant commands typically have geographic or functional responsibilities. There are currently six combatant commands and Team JSTARS has supported all of them.