By Jacob McGuire, Staff Writer / Published June 14, 2019
Tinker’s E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System Combined Test Force will play a major role in an overseas exercise that promotes readiness for any possible threat.
The Astral Knight joint exercise, which started earlier this month, will involve Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors from the United States, as well as service members from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia.
“We’re excited to be leading this exercise because it’s the first time the CTF has led a deployment to a major overseas exercise. It’s going to be a win-win situation for everyone involved,” said U.S Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Gregg with Detachment 1 of the 605th Test and Evaluation Squadron.
A combination of flight operations and computer-assisted scenarios will take place throughout the exercise assessing recent modifications to the AWACS Block 40/45 and the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation program.
About 80 people including the entire AWACS CTF, which is comprised of more than 30 people, will be participating in the exercise, Gregg said. In addition to the 23 personnel in Gregg’s detachment, AWACS CTF consists of 10 others from the 96th Operations Group Detachment 2, led by Lt. Col. Bradley Worden.
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